Environmental toxicology is the scientific study of chemical, physical, and biological stimuli in environments and the effects of these stimuli on living systems and their external and internal physical, chemical, and biological integrity. Emphases include the metabolism of contaminants, their decomposition, fate, and effects in aquatic and terrestrial environments. This interdisciplinary program provides a strong background in fundamental environmental toxicology and ecotoxicology. The program is administered jointly with the College of Engineering and Science.
Students with baccalaureate degrees in the basic and life sciences, agriculture, or engineering may be admitted. Strong faculty expertise and areas of student specialization are available in wildlife toxicology, environmental chemistry, biochemical and mechanistic toxicology, ecological modeling, ecological risk assessment, and biological control. Each student's research program is designed to meet his/her professional goals.
Candidates for the MS degree must complete 30 hours of graduate credit, including six hours of research, and write a thesis. Candidates for the PhD degree must complete 18 hours of dissertation research and write a dissertation.
Graduate research programs are conducted in conjunction with the Clemson Institute of Environmental Toxicology, providing a unique and innovative environment for graduate education. Collaborative research opportunities exist nationally and internationally with other universities, state and federal agencies, and industrial groups.