A career in toxicology may find you exploring cancer biomedicine, environmental pollution, or detection technology for chemical weapons.

Growing environmental pressure from a wide range of social, industrial and political activities make toxicology relevant and in demand. You'll learn about toxicant action at the level of molecules and cells all the way up to whole ecosystems.

Why Major in Toxicology?

You may choose this major if you want to:

  • understand how new drugs are discovered and tested for safety and effectiveness
  • learn about the impact of chemicals on human and animal health
  • study how toxicants affect environmental safety

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The number of job openings in the agricultural industry annually exceeds the number of available qualified graduates.

A variety of career choices are available to you:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedicine
  • Cancer research
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Government
  • Graduate study
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacology
  • Research

Learn More

Visit the Toxicology Major website for course requirements, opportunities, and more information.

Contact Information

Jack (John) P. Vanden Heuvel
  • Professor of Molecular Toxicology
Phone: 814-863-8532