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2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Environmental Toxicology


Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell, Ph.D., Interim Chairperson

Professors: Anderson, Cañas-Carrell, Godard-Codding, Kendall, Presley, Ramkumar, E. Smith
Associate Professors: Halamek, Mayer, Singh, P. Smith, Wang
Assistant Professors: Crago, Halamkova
Research Associate Professor: Tiedemann

CONTACT INFORMATION: Building 555 Reese Technology Center Box 41163 | Lubbock, TX 79409-1163 | T 806.742.4567 | F 806.885.2132 | www.entx.ttu.edu

About the Department

This department offers the following programs:

Dual Degree Program

The Department of Environmental Toxicology (ENTX) is the academic home for the core faculty of the Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) and the Institute for Forensic Science (IFS) at Texas Tech University. TIEHH and IFS provide faculty and graduate students opportunities for multidisciplinary research and scholarly engagement related to environmental, forensic, and human health sciences.

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) integrates the efforts of Texas Tech University, the School of Law, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in a joint venture to assess the impacts of toxic chemicals and other stressors on the natural environment. Attracting graduate students at both the master’s and doctoral level, TIEHH includes faculty with backgrounds in biological sciences, medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, engineering, chemistry, computer science, law, mathematics, pharmacology, physiology, and wildlife biology.

The Department of Environmental Toxicology offers graduate programs within the College of Arts & Sciences as well as fixed and variable credit courses for undergraduates. The courses are designed to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about and conduct scientific research in the Department of Environmental Toxicology. Generally, a background in the natural, physical, or health sciences will provide the necessary preparation for completion of these courses. Interested students should contact faculty within the department.

The Environmental Toxicology M.S. program (36 hours) and the Ph.D. program (72 hours) are composed of coursework emphasizing the principles of toxicology, the environmental fate of chemicals, statistical approaches to study design, data handling, and data analysis, and seminars in environmental toxicology. Supplemental coursework, research, and thesis or dissertation hours are chosen by the student with the guidance of their committee, allowing for focus on the student’s particular research emphasis. Students pursuing either degree must perform an original research project, prepare a written thesis or dissertation, and defend their work in a public defense.

The Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University is committed to the production and dissemination of interdisciplinary forensic science research through a unique multidisciplinary program that provides outstanding education, research, and professional training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at TTU, and local and regional law enforcement. The Institute is a comprehensive teaching, training, and research organization in all aspects of forensic science. The Institute is committed to providing outstanding service to the university, profession, and community. We are committed to supporting local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies through the sharing of ideas, problem-solving, and empiricism promoting prosocial values and contributing to safer communities. The M.S. program (45 hours) in Forensic Science has the option of completing a research thesis or a comprehensive written exam coupled with an internship. Students from various undergraduate backgrounds may pursue either of two concentrations within the program: Forensic Chemistry or the Forensic Investigation concentration. Students pursuing the Forensic Chemistry concentration must have a bachelor’s degree in a forensic or natural science (i.e., biology or chemistry).


    ENTX - Environmental Toxicology (Undergraduate Courses)FSCI - Forensic Sciences (Undergraduate Course)