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The Professional Science Masters of Toxicology (PSMTOX) provides training for recent graduates of undergraduate programs looking to advance their study in Toxicology but do not wish to pursue research training and would like to enter the workforce and early-career professionals. The degree emphasizes job-related experiences through a professional internship or capstone project.
The program is designed where all the course work is completed in 2 calendar years.
Professional Masters graduate program requires a minimum of 45 credits.
Core course requirements (20 credits)
|TOX 511||Fundamentals of Toxicology (3)||Fall Quarter|
|TOX 512||Target Organ Tox: Mol mechanism of Environment Disease (3)||Winter Quarter|
TOX 555 OR
|Ecological or Human Health Risk Assessment (3) **||Winter/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 (2 terms)|
|ST 511||Methods of Data Analysis (4)||Winter Quarter|
|TOX 501||Research/Capstone (6 credits)|
Additional requirements (19 credits)
|Rotations||TOX 505 (1) - Credit for lab rotations in the Fall quarter|
|TOX Electives||Electives in TOX (6 credits)|
|Gen Electives||Any graduate-level courses (12 credits) that fulfills the requirement of at least 50% of the courses on the program of study is graduate stand alone|
**Gen Electives is defined as credits taken in any department as long as it is graduate level. (e.g. it can be any department code such as IB, PHARM, etc)
PSMTOX students are expected to identify a mentor by the latest Week 5 of Winter term. To facilitate the identifying a potential mentor, a list of available mentor projects and the faculty member who is proposing the capstone project is listed here. This is in no ways an extensive list of projects that are available, but is a beginning to help the graduate student understand what the scope and expectations are.
All graduate students must form a graduate committee by the end of the Spring term of their first year and meet with their committee before the start of their 2nd year. PSMTOX committee composition is 3 faculty members (2 must be from EMT). No graduate council representative necessary (GCR). Members of the graduate committee should be those who can contribute to the capstone project or provide guidance towards career choices.
PSMTOX graduate students are expected to hold a minimum of two committee meetings during their tenure.
PLANNING MEETING: The planning meeting should be held by the end of the Fall term of year 2 (at the latest). This meeting aims to introduce the graduate committee to the capstone project, planned course work, and the student's career objectives. At this meeting, the student will introduce themselves, present the scheduled courses for the program of study, and mentor approved project definition report (more detail below). The graduate committee will provide feedback on the planned coursework and the capstone project.
FINAL/ORAL EXAM MEETING: All graduate committee members must be present for the final/oral exam. Prior to this meeting, paperwork should be filed with the OSU graduate school. The meeting format is a student project presentation (15-20 minutes) followed by questions from the graduate committee. The meeting should last approximately 30-45 minutes. One week before the final/oral exam meeting, the final project report should be distributed to all graduate committee members.
A typical schedule is shown below. The timeline is flexible to the individual's project.
YEAR 2: Students are expected to take a total of 6 credits of capstone credit (TOX 501) beginning the Fall term of Year 2.
Graduate Student Responsibilities
The capstone project has two components – a written report and an oral presentation defended to a graduate committee. Each capstone project is unique to the student. The project must be related to the mentor's project.
The capstone project is designed to apply what the student has learned in the PSMTOX Program. It is the student's responsibility to find and execute an acceptable project that meets the requirements outlined.
Projects must allow students to demonstrate mastery in the following program learning outcomes:
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH VS PRACTICUM
The capstone project can be in the form of scientific research or as a practicum. The purpose of the practicum is the development of skills and knowledge to apply what was learned in the coursework in a real world setting. The decision in the format must be approved by the mentor.
NARROWING THE CHOICES
The project needs to have a real-world focus – meaning it is the responsibility of the graduate student to understand and formulate a project plan that is part of the mentor's program. The project must be meaningful for the mentor. Students should meet with their mentor to define the project and present the information to their graduate committee at the program of study meeting. Once the project is determined, the student is expected to submit a "Project Definition" report and have that signed by the mentor.
Conducting front-end analysis makes analysis more effective rather than at the end. With this analysis in hand, it is essentially having a blueprint for the capstone project. The goal of the project definition report is to help define the project. The project definition report should include the following elements (signed report submitted by Week 10 of Fall term of Year 2 in the PSMTOX program).
Project Definition: This report provides an overall project objective and scope, deliverables, work breakdown, and stakeholder analysis. The mentor
Written Report: The report requires the student to provide detailed supporting information related to the capstone project.
Oral Presentation: This is a face-to-face meeting that should be approximately 30-45 minutes. Make sure to emphasize the value that your project brings to the mentor and the field.
|Commencement year||Graduate Name||Current Position, Organization, Address|