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Graduate Certificate

Earning Your Online Graduate Certificate

UF offers a 9-credit graduate certificate program designed to groom students into becoming wildlife forensic experts in their field. Students will learn practical skills involving the handling and interpretation of evidence found in illegal wildlife activity, along with the proper protocol and record-keeping necessary when processing evidence.

Students will explore topics on domestic and international contemporary issues in wildlife protection and conservation, including current laws and legislations and the organizations tasked with developing and enforcing these regulations.

The online wildlife forensic sciences and conservation graduate certificate can be completed entirely online and in as little as one year. Upon completion of the 9-credit certificate program, students will receive a University of Florida Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation. This certificate program is open to appropriately qualified local, national, and international students.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science subject OR A DVM degree. If your bachelor’s degree is not in a natural science subject, please email Dr. Jason Byrd at
  • An upper-dvision GPA of a 2.0 of better

Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation Graduate Certificate Curriculum

Three courses, each worth 3 credits, compose the graduate certificate in Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation. Once completed, the courses and the certificate will be listed on the student’s official UF transcript.

Courses Required for the Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
WIS 6561 Wildlife Crime Scene Processing 3 X
WIS 6557 Wildlife Conservation Laws and Legislation 3 X
WIS 6559 Contemporary Issues in Wildlife Protection and Conservation 3 X


Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
WIS 5562 Conservation Medicine 3 X
VME 6053 Skeletal Trauma Analysis in Animals 3 X
WIS 6934 Working Dogs in Conservation and Forensic Sciences 3 X
WIS 6934 Wildlife Tracks and Sign 3 X
VME 6574 Aquatic Animal Pathology (Description: TBD) 3 X
WIS 6576 Human-Wildlife Conflict 3 X
WIS 6421 Wildlife Toxicology: The Ecohealth Perspective 3 X
WIS 6553 Wildlife Forensic Pathology 3 X
WIS 6425 Carrion Ecology & Evolution 3 X
WIS 6556 Trade in Wild Resources 3 TBD TBD TBD
VME 6580 Cybercrime in Wildlife Investigations 3 X
SUR 6934 GIS Fundamentals 3 X
STA 6093 Introduction to Applied Statistics for Agricultural and Life Sciences 3 X

At a Glance