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 6557 International Wildlife Conservation Law, Policy & Ethics – OR – Joseph Rivera3X
WIS 6558U.S. Wildlife Law, Policy & EthicsJoseph Rivera3X
WIS 6559Forensic Science in Conservation BiologySusan Underkoffler3X
SUR 6395GIS Fundamentals  – OR – Amr Abd-Elrahman3X
STA 6093Introduction to Applied Statistics for Agricultural and Life Sciences – OR – Denis Valle/Ben Baiser3X
WIS 6934Forensic DNA Statistics and Applied Population GeneticsJeff Rodzen3X (2025)

(Master’s students must take EITHER WIS 6557 OR WIS 6558 and ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: SUR 6934 OR STA 6093 OR WIS6934 )

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

Course #Course TitleInstructorCreditsSpringSummerFall
VME 6574Aquatic Animal Pathology & Forensic ScienceMegan Stolen3X
VME 6617Environmental Risk Assessment of Veterinary DrugsNgaio Richards3X
WIS 5562Conservation MedicineHayley Adams3X
WIS 6052Bird LanguageLee Burton3X
WIS 6306Applied Wildlife Forensic GeneticsNicole Chinicci3X
WIS 6905**Supervised Research (Special Topics)Adams/Richards/Underkoffler1-5XXX
VME 6581Working Dogs in Conservation and Forensic SciencesHayley Adams3X
WIS 6946**Wildlife Forensics InternshipAdams/Richards/Underkoffler1-6XXX
VME 6053Skeletal Trauma Analysis in AnimalsMaranda Kles3X
VME 6573Applications of DNA for Companion Animal and Wildlife CasesAnn Marie Clark3X
VME 6580Cybercrime in Wildlife InvestigationsCraig du Plooy3X
WIS 6050Professional Communication in Wildlife Forensic ScienceHayley Adams3X
WIS 6051Wildlife Tracks and SignLee Burton3X
WIS 6421Wildlife Toxicology: The Ecohealth PerspectiveHayley Adams3X
WIS 6425Carrion Ecology & EvolutionAdrienne Brundage3X
WIS 6563Wildlife Forensic PathologyJohn & Margaret Cooper3X (Beginning 2024)
WIS 6565Negative and Suboptimal Research FindingsNgaio Richards3New Summer 2024
WIS 6576Human-Wildlife ConflictHayley Adams3X
WIS 6905**Botswana Field Course/Study Abroad (Special Topics)
Grading and Max Credits: Graduate Catalog Info WIS6905
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.