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Current Toxicology Student Handbook

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 indispensable. A 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.

Course Code Course Name
IND 431

Foundations in Modern Biology I (5 credits)

IND 432

Foundations in Modern Biology II (5)

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)

PHP 403

Human Cell Physiology  (4)

PHP 404

Principles of Pharmacology  (3)

BST 467

Applied Biostatistics in the Biomedical Sciences (3)


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.

Course Code Course Name

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 527-1

Immunotoxicology (1)

TOX 502-1

Forensic Toxicology (1)

TOX 528-1

Gene Environmental Interactions (1)

TOX 503-1

Skin Toxicology & the Environment (1)

TOX 560

Societal Determinants of Neurotoxicity (1)

PM 470-3

Environment & 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 510

Cell Biology of Human Disease (3)

NSC 512

Cellular Neuroscience (4)

BIO 402

Molecular Biology  (4)

Coming Soon Toxicology in Risk Assessment