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Environmental Toxicology Specialization

The Environmental Toxicology specialization provides students with the knowledge to work as environmental toxicology specialists and prepares students for careers in teaching, research, or other related professional fields. Environmental toxicology studies toxic pollutants and their effects on the physical and biological environment, such as identifying and investigating potential sources of pollutants in the environment and minimizing their toxic effects on humans and other organisms. Toxic pollutants in the environment include different organic and inorganic chemical compounds, such as pesticides, industrial waste, and heavy metals. Occupations that use environmental toxicology include risk assessment, pharmaceutical development, food additive toxicity testing, managing regulatory compliance, residue or forensic analysis, pest control, monitoring and field sampling, industrial hygiene, and environmental health and safety. Examples of careers for graduates in environmental toxicology specialization include Environmental Toxicologist, Staff Toxicologist, Environmental Health, and Safety Specialists.

Sample four-year curriculum shown below for the Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences with an environmental toxicology specialization (ESET):

Year 1 (Fall Semester)
(4) CHEM 121A General Chemistry (BPS)
(1) CHEM 125A General Chemistry Lab (EL)
(3) ENG 101 English Composition I (FW1)
(5) MATH 150 Calculus I (FQR)
(3) ACS 101 Public Speaking (FSPC)
16 - Total Credits

Year 1 (Spring Semester)
(4) BIOL 150 Biology I (BLS, EL)
(4) CHEM 121B General Chemistry (BPS)
(1) CHEM 125B General Chemistry Lab (EL)
(2) ENG 102 English Composition II (FW2)
(3) RA 101 Reasoning & Argumentation (FRA)
14 - Total Credits

Year 2 (Fall Semester)
(4) BIOL 151 Biology II (BLS, EL)
(3) CHEM 241A Organic Chemistry
(2) ENSC 125 Topics of Environmental Health & Toxicology
(3) ECON 111 Principles of Macroeconomics (BSS)
(3) Breadth-Humanities (BHUM)
15 - Total Credits

Year 2 (Spring Semester)
(4) BIOL 220 Genetics
(3) CHEM 241B Organic Chemistry (BPS)
(2) CHEM 245 Organic Chemistry Lab (EL)
(4) STAT 244 Statistics (BICS)
(3) Breadth-Fine & Performing Arts (BFPA)
16 - Total Credits

Year 3 (Fall Semester)
(4) BIOL 350 Microbiology
(3) ENSC 220 Principles of Environmental Sciences
(1) ENSC 220L Principles of Environmental Sciences Lab
(3) ENSC 325A Toxicants in the Environment
(4) PHYS 131 College Physics I (BPS)
(1) PHYS 131L College Physics I Lab (EL)
16 - Total Credits

Year 3 (Spring Semester)
(3) ENSC 325B Toxicants in the Environment
(3) ENSC 330 Environmental Health & Waste Management
(1) ENSC 499 Research in Environmental Sciences
(3) IS 399 Environmental and Social Justice
(4) PHYS 132 College Physics II (BPS)
(1) PHYS 132L College Physics II Lab
15 - Total Credits

Year 4 (Fall Semester)
(3) ENSC 402 Environmental Law (POLS 497)
(3) ENSC 431 Environmental Toxicology
(1) ENSC 431L Environmental Toxicology Lab
(1) ENSC 498 Senior Project
(6) ENSC Elective Course (432, 434, 435, 437, 473, 475)
14 - Total Credits

Year 4 (Spring Semester)
(3) ENSC 436 Environmental Epidemiology
(3) ENSC 435 Ecological Risk Assessment
(1) ENSC 490 Senior Assignment
(3) ENSC Elective Course (432, 434, 435, 437, 475)
(4) Elective
14 - Total Credits

Total Hours 120

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