Curriculum

The toxicology curriculum consists of several components: Core courses, electives, seminars, and research. We believe that research is the most important part of this program, with the Ph.D. degree being awarded for a dissertation that demonstrates intellectual competence. Because toxicology is highly interdisciplinary, our curriculum reflects the belief that a thorough grounding in basic sciences is indispensible. Student taking more than four years to complete the Ph.D. need earn no further credit and devote their full time to research.

Core Courses

Exemption is possible if an equivalent course has been taken elsewhere.

IND 408

Advanced Biochemistry (5 credits)

IND 409

Cell Biology (4)

IND 410

Molecular Biology & Genetics (4)

IND 501

Ethics in Research (1)

TOX 521

Biochemical Toxicology (4)

TOX 522

Organ Systems Toxicology (4)

TOX 558

Seminar in Toxicology (1 x 4 times)

PTH 510

Pathways to Human Disease (4)

PHP 403

Human Cell Physiology  (4)

PHP 404

Principles of Pharmacology  (3)

BST 463

Intro to Biostatistics (4)

Electives

Prior to the PhD thesis defense, a minimum of 6 credit hours must be earned from elective courses, and at least 3 of these credits must be from toxicology (TOX) electives. Some courses that commonly provide needed background for toxicology students are listed below. However, this list is by no means exhaustive and students are encouraged to check the scope and availability of courses in any given year since course offerings may change.

TOX 501

Forensic Pathology for the Toxicologist (1)

TOX 530

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology (2)

TOX 533

Neurotoxicology (1)

TOX 564

Pulmonary Toxicology (1)

TOX 592

Immunotoxicology (1)

TOX 593

Forensic Toxicology (1)

TOX 594

Gene Environmental Interactions (1)

PM 470

Env & Occupational Epidemiology (3)

MBI 473

Immunology (3)

IND 412

Graduate Experience in Science Education (2)

GEN 506

Stem Cell Biology

IND 447

Signal Transduction: Cell & Mol. Mechanisms (4)

PTH 507

Cancer Biology (3)

*PTH 571

Molecular Basis of Disease (3)

NSC 512

Cellular Neuroscience (4)

BIO 402

Molecular Biology  (4)

*This is a 3 credit hour class that also fulfills 2 credits towards the TOX electives requirement

Courses, especially 1 and 2 credit electives, change often and new courses are created. If a course is not listed as an approved elective, but a student would like to have it considered as an elective course for his/her program of study, please contact the Program Director to discuss. Providing a course description and summary of lecture topics is generally required for consideration.

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