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2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Toxicology, Ph.D.

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About the Environmental Toxicology Doctoral Program

Environmental Toxicology offers a graduate program within the College of Arts and Sciences. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of environmental toxicology, prospective students should contact the graduate advisor to discuss prerequisites and prior training. Generally, a strong background in the natural, physical, or health sciences will provide the necessary preparation. Students interested in pursuing a degree must complete online applications to the Graduate School ( and to the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program (

The Environmental Toxicology Ph.D. program (72 hours) is 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 dissertation hours are chosen by the student with the guidance of their committee, allowing for focus on the student’s particular research emphasis. Doctoral students must perform an original research project, prepare a written dissertation, and defend their work in a public defense.

Research areas include Aquatic Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Human Health Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, Infectious Disease Research, and Wildlife Toxicology, among others.

Ph.D. Curriculum

Laboratory-Based Course Requirement (6 hours):

(any combination of lecture and lab)

Seminars (6 hours):

Broadening Courses (6 hours):

Research (up to 27 credit hours):

(hours after core, laboratory-based courses, seminars, and broadening to reach 72 credit hours)

Dissertation (12 hours):

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