Course Requirements | Minor in Toxicology

The Ph.D. Program in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology (EMT) provides the necessary knowledge, skills, encouragement, and guidance to assist our students in the achievement of their educational and early career professional goals. EMT offers a highly collegial and exceptionally collaborative, research, and training environment dedicated to the success and advancement of all EMT students, faculty, and staff. The program provides students with a fundamental understanding of the interdisciplinary science of toxicology and prepares them for leadership positions in research and development, academia, government, or professional services.

Ph.D. students are awarded fellowships/traineeships/assistantships from various sources, including the NIEHS Training grant. Students are provided a stipend of at least $29,000 (depending on the funding source), and their tuition, fees, and health insurance are covered [the students share while on assistantships are negotiated on their behalf of the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE). During the first quarter, Ph.D. students participate in a weekly laboratory rotation which consists of spending attending a group meeting, a shadow experience, and a one-on-one meeting with the faculty member/delegate. To accommodate a large number of faculty members, there may be weeks students may rotate in more than one laboratory. These short laboratory rotations allow for students to 1) gain a more holistic perspective of the department and 2) understand the dynamics/research within each laboratory. Based on these rotations, students will select two faculty members to conduct their next two laboratory rotations (10 weeks each). The additional two rotations are required and exceptions can be granted by the Directors of Academic Programs. These rotations offer students to learn new skills and experimental approaches.

The core course requirements allow for maximal flexibility for students to work with their mentors and thesis/dissertation committees to design an individualized program of study to meet the unique educational and career goals for each student. Students complete a required core series of fundamental classes, participate in a modular Integrated Environmental Chemistry and Molecular Toxicology special topic course in the Spring quarter, participate in a weekly departmental seminar series, and complete additional elective coursework as described in their programs. Students must pass both a written and oral preliminary exam before advancing to Ph.D. candidacy. A doctoral dissertation presenting the student's original research is written and defended in a final oral examination.

A key component of our program is the mentoring partnership between the individual student and his or her major professor. Students develop an Individual Professional Development Plan that includes elements of experiential learning, outreach, and professional development.


Course Requirements

Ph.D. Program of Study must include a minimum of 108 credits. The majority of these credits will be for thesis research. Additional requirements are:

  • 50% of the total must be graduate, stand-alone courses (not 4XX/5XX slash)
  • 27 credits of which must be regular, non-blanket course work (not 50X or 60X)
  • No more than 15 credits of blanket-numbered courses (50X or 60X), other than thesis (TOX 603), may be included in the minimum 108-credit program
  • Any declared graduate minor must be 18 credits min. (No minor is required.)

Core course requirements (22 credits)

TOX 511 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3) Fall Quarter
TOX 512 Target Organ Tox: Mol mechanism of Environment Disease (3) Winter Quarter
TOX 513 Environmental Tox and Risk Assessment (3) Spring Quarter
TOX 530 Chemical Behavior in the Environ (3) Fall Quarter
TOX 557 Scientific Skills & Ethics (3) Spring Quarter
TOX 599 Special Topics: Integrated Env Chem & Mol Tox (1)* Spring Quarter
ST 511 Methods of Data Analysis (4) Winter Quarter
TOX 505 Lab Rotations (2-3) 1st year

*enrollment is required for every Spring while in Doctoral Program (3 credit minimum)

Research requirements

TOX 603 Thesis (minimum of 36 credits)

Additional requirements

Electives 3 credits in TOX courses
Electives 5 credits relevant to students area of research


Minor in Toxicology

Graduate students whose major field of study is in a subject other than Toxicology are welcome to take courses and to earn a minor in Toxicology. The minor in Toxicology is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in the field and the official designation of a Toxicology Minor provides documentation of your efforts and achievement. One faculty member of the Toxicology program must be on the student’s Advisory Committee to represent the minor.

Course requirements for a graduate minor

A Ph.D. minor has a minimum requirement of 18 credits.

TOX 511 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3)
TOX 512 Target Organ Tox: Mol mechanism of Environment Disease (3)
TOX 513 Environmental Tox and Risk Assessment (3)
TOX 599 Special Topics: Integrated Env Chem & Mol Tox (1)*
Electives 3 credits in TOX courses
Electives 4 credits relevant to students area of research

*A minimum of 2 term enrollment