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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Toxicology

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (TOX)

PROFESSOR JOHN VANDEN HEUVEL, Program Coordinator

Toxicology addresses adverse effects of chemicals on animals and humans and includes exposure assessment, hazard identification, dose-response analysis, and risk characterization. This discipline relies on cutting-edge biotechnological approaches to gain insight into drug and toxicant action at the molecular level. Students enrolled in the Toxicology program will develop an understanding of the principles by which chemicals affect the health of humans and animals either adversely, as toxic agents, or beneficially, as therapeutic agents. Students will learn about: 1) mechanisms of action of drugs and toxicants on organ systems of the body; 2) general principles for assessing the safety of chemicals and therapeutic efficacy of drugs; and 3) state-of-the-art molecular, biological, and genetic approaches to understanding drugs, toxicants, and disease through a combination of laboratory and lecture experiences. The B.S. degree in Toxicology provides a strong foundation for graduate work leading to a Ph.D. in most biomedical fields. Students may choose to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathobiology, Oncology, or Molecular Biology. Alternatively, students prepare for employment as research technicians, drug/toxicant specialists, or pharmaceutical sales representatives.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
In order to be eligible for entrance to the Toxicology major, a student must have (1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average and (2) earned a C grade or better in: BIOL 110, BIOL 230W, CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 113, MATH 140 and MATH 141.

For the B.S. degree in Toxicology, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-2 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 92-94 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (78 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
BB H/H P A 440 US;IL(3), CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEN 213(2), VB SC 230(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
B M B 211(3), B M B 212(1), B M B 221(2), BIOL 472(3)[1], VB SC 330(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
E R M 431(3)[1], VB SC 430(3)[1], VB SC 433(3)[1], VB SC 451(3)[1] (Sem 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (5-7 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from STAT 200 GQ(4) or STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 2-3 credits from VB SC 395(1-10) or VB SC 496(1-18) (Sem: 6-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits of 400-level courses from department list [1] (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-02-002

Review Date: 10/02/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/14/06

AG

Program Coordinator updated: 6/19/12