Doctor of Philosophy in Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology both require an understanding of basic properties and actions of chemicals and the biological systems they affect. Toxicology is, more specifically, the study of adverse effects of chemicals on living systems, the extent of damage they produce, the relationship between dose and effect, routes of exposure, and potential treatments. Toxicologists not only identify toxins, but also contribute to risk assessment, safety evaluation, and establishment of legal regulations. Toxicologists perform many different duties including research in academic, nonprofit and industrial settings, and in consulting and public service.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Toxicology degree program prepares students for careers as independent scientists in academia, industry, or government through a broad-based curriculum and development of strong research design and communication skills. The Ph.D. didactic curriculum consists of a core of required discipline-based coursework, but is significantly individualized through advanced electives, seminars, extensive mentored research experiences, and consultation with the student’s selected advisory committee.