Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Toxicology - Major

The Bachelor of Science in Toxicology degree is comprised of three tiers of biological and toxicological study.

Tier I is a three-semester introductory Biological Systems course that is the foundation of the toxicology major and includes topics in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, organism diversity, the structure and foundation of multicellular organisms, and populations, community, and ecosystem ecology.

Tier II centers on the three major levels of toxicological investigation:  the cell, the organism, and the environment.  Students take three advanced toxicology courses, one at each level of investigation, beginning with Principles of Toxicology (organismal) and proceeding to Analysis and Remediation of Environmental Problems (environmental) and Cellular Toxicology (cellular).

Tier III focuses on the selection of one of these three investigation levels as a track in which to specialize.  Students select two additional advanced biology and/or chemistry electives within their track.

Interwoven throughout the curriculum is a two-semester course sequence focusing on scientific communication. The final course in the sequence, Advanced Scientific Communication, serves as a capstone in which students demonstrate integration of their learning. It is highly recommended that students take at least one semester of research (SCI 250) as well.

All biology courses, toxicology courses and courses with a prefix of “SCI” for the major programs must be completed with a grade of C- or better to satisfy the program requirements. Similarly, all courses within each track must also be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Tier I: Biology Foundation Courses

Minimum grade of C- required in all courses.

Tier III: Track Courses

Students select one of three tracks (cellular, organismal, or environmental) in which to specialize.

Note - minimum grade of C- required in all courses within each track.

Cellular Track

 Students select two electives from the list below:

Organismal Track

 Students select two electives from the list below:

Environmental Track

 Students select two electives from the list below:

Sample Program for Toxicology Major

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives Enduring Question (PEQ) Credits: 12
  • Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway

As well as:

Senior Year

  • Track Course Credits: 3-4
  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 3
  • DEIB-Designated Course Credits: 3

As well as: