Courses

All Master’s students take 4 core courses. Graduate Certificate students must take the following courses: WIS6561, WIS6557, WIS6563, WIS5562 and WIS6559. Additionally, Master’s students take 21 credits of elective courses.

(Unless otherwise noted, all courses are assigned a letter grade.)

Core Courses

Course #Course TitleInstructorCreditsSpringSummerFall
WIS 6561Wildlife Crime Scene ProcessingSusan Underkoffler3X
WIS 6558U.S. Wildlife Law, Policy & EthicsJoseph Rivera3x
WIS 6559Forensic Science in Conservation BiologySusan Underkoffler3X
SUR 6395GIS Fundamentals  – OR – Amr Abd-Elrahman3X
WIS 6557 International Wildlife Conservation Law, Policy & EthicsTBD3X (Fall 2023)
STA 6093Introduction to Applied Statistics for Agricultural and Life SciencesDenis Valle/Ben Baiser3X

(Master’s students must take EITHER SUR 6934 OR STA 6093; and EITHER WIS6557 OR WIS6558)

Electives – 21 Credit Hours Required (Master’s Students Only)

Course #Course TitleInstructorCreditsSpringSummerFall
WIS 5562Conservation MedicineHayley Adams3X
VME 6053Skeletal Trauma Analysis in AnimalsMaranda Kles3X
WIS 6934Working Dogs in Conservation and Forensic SciencesHayley Adams3X
WIS 6934Wildlife Tracks and SignLee Burton3X
VME 6574Aquatic Animal Pathology & Forensic ScienceMegan Stolen3X
VME 6616Veterinary Products and the EnvironmentNgaio Richards3X
VME 6617Risk Assessment and Mitigation for the Use and Management of Veterinary AgentsNgaio Richards3X
VME 6573Applications of DNA for Companion Animal and Wildlife CasesAnn Marie Clark3X
WIS 6306Applied Wildlife Forensic GeneticsNicole Chinicci3X
WIS 6307Integrated Wildlife Forensic GeneticsKim Frazier3X
WIS 6576Human-Wildlife ConflictHayley Adams3X
WIS 6565Negative and Suboptimal Research FindingsNgaio Richards3X
WIS 6421Wildlife Toxicology: The Ecohealth PerspectiveHayley Adams3X
WIS 6563Wildlife Forensic PathologyJohn & Margaret Cooper3X
WIS 6425Carrion Ecology & EvolutionAdrienne Brundage3X
VME 6580Cybercrime in Wildlife InvestigationsCraig du Plooy3X
WIS 6050Professional Communication in Wildlife Forensic ScienceHayley Adams3X
WIS 6905**Botswana Field Course/Study Abroad (Special Topics)Adams/Underkoffler6X
WIS 6905**Supervised Research (Special Topics)Adams/Richards/Underkoffler1-5XXX
WIS 6934Bird LanguageLee Burton3X
WIS 6946**Wildlife Forensics InternshipAdams/Richards/Underkoffler1-6XXX

Students may take any electives from UF’s online Veterinary Forensic Sciences program to satisfy any elective requirements for the online Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation program.

View additional elective courses here.


Registration for courses is available to students once they have been accepted to the program. Students cannot register themselves using One.UF.

Courses and schedule are subject to change based on demand and availability.