Course Requirements

For the B.S. degree in Toxicology, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

For prospective students and those enrolled since Summer 2018:

For students enrolled prior to Summer 2018:

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Students enrolled in the Toxicology program will develop an understanding of the principles by which chemicals affect the health of humans and animals either adversely, as toxic agents, or beneficially, as therapeutic agents.

Students will learn about:

  1. mechanisms of action of drugs and toxicants on organ systems of the body
  2. general principles for assessing the safety of chemicals and therapeutic efficacy of drugs
  3. state-of-the-art molecular, biological, and genetic approaches to understanding drugs, toxicants, and disease through a combination of laboratory and lecture experiences.

The B.S. degree in Toxicology provides a strong foundation for graduate work leading to a Ph.D. in most biomedical fields. Students may choose to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathobiology, Oncology, or Molecular Biology. Alternatively, students prepare for employment as research technicians, drug/toxicant specialists, or pharmaceutical sales representatives.

Supporting Courses And Related Areas

Select 9 credits of 400-level courses from department list below (Sem: 7-8)

Approved Supporting Courses

  • AG 400 (4) - Biometry/Statistics in the Life Sciences
  • B M B 437 (2) - Physiological Biochemistry
  • B M B 460 (2) - Cell Growth and Differentiation
  • B M B 464 (3) - Molecular Medicine
  • B M B 480 (3) - Tumor viruses and Oncogenes
  • B BH 451 (3) - Pharmacological Influences on Health
  • BIOL 416 (3) - Biology of Cancer
  • BIOL 473 (2) - Laboratory in Mammalian Physiology
  • CHEM 402 (3) - Chemistry in the Environment
  • E R M 430 (3) - Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • E R M 433 (3) - Transformation of Pollutants in Soils
  • MICRB 410 (3) - Principles of Immunology
  • VB SC 420 (3) - General Animal Pathology
  • VB SC 448W (3) - Current topics in Immunology

Common Substitutions (Requires Course Substitution Petition)

Consult with academic advisor prior to enrolling.

  • Biol 411 (3) - Medical Embryology
  • Biol 437 (4) - Histology
  • Biol 446 (3) - Physiological Ecology
  • Biol 470 (3) - Functional and Integrative Neurosciences
  • ENT 402W (3) - Biology of Animal Parasites
  • VBSC 402W (3) - Biology of Animal Parasites
  • ERM 440 (3) - Chemistry of the Environment: Air, Water, and Soil
  • MICRB 412 (3) - Medical Microbiology
  • VBSC 444 (3) - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Consent Of Academic Advisor

For courses not on the Approved Supporting Courses list, please consult your academic advisor or the Program Coordinator prior to registering. There are many courses that could fulfill this requirement with the proper Course Substitution Form. The goal is to supplement the TOX 400-level courses with complementary courses offered VBSC as well as other Departments. Select from courses that emphasize contemporary concepts in the the biological and life sciences that pertain to animal or human health.