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Why Major in Toxicology?

Toxicology explores how small molecules act as either toxins or drugs. It builds expertise from the level of molecules and cells all the way up to populations and ecosystems.

Students in the Toxicology major at Penn State first obtain a solid foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. They then enjoy the opportunity to specialize with required courses in pharmacology and toxicology. Finally, each student's curriculum is unique based on their choices of senior-level "supporting courses."

One of only ten undergraduate programs in toxicology and pharmacology in the country, Toxicology at Penn State is one of only two offered by a natural resources and environmental sciences college.

Program Goals

  1. Students will exhibit specialized competencies in toxicology and pharmacology based upon a solid grounding in the physical and biological sciences.
  2. Students will have access to meaningful research experience and the professional development that accompanies such training. Students will have access to international academic and professional experiences.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate collaborative learning, critical thinking, and research skills, as well as skills to communicate effectively to professional and lay audiences.
  4. Graduates will be prepared to succeed in industry, government, academic research, and in graduate and professional study.
  5. Students will relate and apply their expertise to a broader health and societal context.

Compare Our Major to Others Across the Country

There are only ten programs that award baccalaureate degrees in toxicology and/or pharmacology:

  1. Penn State
    Toxicology in the College of Agricultural Sciences
  2. University of California, Berkeley
    Molecular Toxicology in the College of Natural Resources
  3. University of California, Davis
    Environmental Toxicology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  4. University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Pharmacology and Toxicology in the School of Pharmacy
  5. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
    Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
  6. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Boston Campus
  7. Ashland University
    Toxicology in the College of Arts and Sciences
  8. St. John's University
    Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
  9. University of Louisiana at Monroe
    Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy
  10. Nazareth College
    Toxicology in the College of Arts and Sciences

 

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