Toxicology Minor

Opportunities for Undergraduates


Undergraduate Minor Program in Toxicology

Minor Code: 618

Requirements (minimum required for approval of a minor):

27 credits, including 12 upper division

Required Courses

TOX 360 The World of Poisons 3  crs.
TOX 411 Fundamentals of Toxicology 3 crs.
ST 351

Introduction to Statistical Methods - may be substituted with a combination of ST 201 & ST 202 Principles of Statistics (8 credits total),
or with ST 314 Introduction to Statistics for Engineers (3 credits).

4 cr.s
Two additional TOX electives* Includes any undergraduate or slash listed TOX class 6 crs.

*Toxicology electives:

  • TOX 413 Environmental Tox and Risk Assessment
  • TOX 429 Toxic Substances in Food
  • TOX 430 Chemical Behavior in the Environment
  • Tox 435 Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk
  • TOX 455 Ecotoxicology: Aquatic Systems
  • TOX 490 Environmental Forensic Chemistry.

Additional Elective Program Requirements: Choose either the Research Option or the Didactic Option. Students must complete all requirement for one the options. These will be transcript-visible options.

Research option:

  • TOX 401: 9 credits (may be taken over multiple terms with variable credit per term; may be substituted with other research credits (e.g. BRR 401) with approval from the program advisor
  • 3 additional elective credits from the elective list below

Didactic Option:

  • Additional upper division science electives from the list below as follows: 12 credits in total minimum, and a minimum of 4 classes. One additional toxicology (TOX) class is recommended but not required. No more than 6 credits may be chosen from the same course subject prefix and no blanket courses can be applied. As Toxicology is an applied science with relevant questions in many different disciplines of science, the goal is to ensure students have broader expertise and exposure in the sciences. Thus, we don't allow choosing all the electives from a single department, but any upper division, non-blanket courses from the subjects below would apply.
  • Elective course options: Upper division sciences classes (sorted by college), choose 4 classes or 12 credits total, no more than 6 credits can have the same subject prefix (i.e. BRR or AREC).
    • College of Agricultural Sciences
      • Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), Animal Sciences (ANS), Applied Economics (AEC), Biological Ecological Engineering (BEE), Bioresource Research (BRR), Botany and Plant Pathology (BOT), Crop and Soils Sciences (CSS), Crop Science (CSS), Entomology (ENT), Fisheries and Wildlife (FW), Food Science and Technology) FST), Plant Breeding and Genetics (PBG), Rangeland Ecology and Management (RNG), Soil Science (SOIL), Toxicology (TOX)
    • College of Science
      • Biochemistry and Biophysics (BB), Biology (BI), Chemistry (CH), Computer Science (CS), Medical Physics (MP), Microbiology (MB), Zoology (Z)
    • College of Public Health and Human Sciences
      • Nutrition (NUTR), Health and Human Sciences ((HSS), Public Health (PH)
    • College of Engineering
      • Biological and Ecological Engineering (BEE), Biological Engineering (BIOE), Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE), Chemical Engineering (CHE), Engineering Science (ENGR), Environmental Engineering (ENVE), Nuclear Engineering (NE), Radiation Health Physics (RHP)
    • College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
      • Atmospheric Sciences (ATS), Oceanography (OC), Geosciences (GEO)
    • College of Forestry
      • Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES), Forest Engineering (FE), Forest Science (FS), Forestry (FOR), Natural Resources (NR), Wood Science and Engineering (WSE)
    • College of Veterinary Medicine
      • Veterinary Medicine Biomedical (VMB)

Toxicology Minor Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of the science of toxicology, including hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response assessment and an understanding of  the mechanisms of action and effects of toxic chemicals at multiple levels of biological organization.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role for the science of toxicology in society, including the importance of risk analysis, management and communication. Students will be able to identify and discuss contemporary issues in toxicology.          
  • Students will be familiar with technical aspects and experimental approaches in toxicological research, testing and risk assessment.     
  • Students will be competent in scientific analysis and communication, including the ability to analyze relationships, draw appropriate conclusions supported by data, and articulate in writing and orally a critical perspective using evidence as support.
Undergraduate Minor
Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus