Environmental Toxicology


Degrees Offered


The Environmental Toxicology Program at Clemson University offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and consists of cutting-edge research, comprehensive plans of study, and high-quality interactions among faculty and students. The research and training focus of the program is concentrated in three areas: fate of organic and inorganic contaminants, biochemical toxicology, and ecological and aquatic toxicology.  A focus on interdisciplinary approaches and sound science is fundamental to our education and research activities.

Research activities encompass the areas of aquatic ecotoxicology, biochemical and molecular toxicology, immunobiology and immunotoxicology, terrestrial ecotoxicology, analytic chemistry, and ecological modeling. A strong fundamental research program examines the mechanisms of how chemicals exert their toxicity and how variability in individual organisms can lead to sensitivity or resistance in a wide range of species. Methods developed from research studies provide the means for assessing chemical exposure and impact in the field. Field studies, used to document the status of potentially affected species, incorporate small mammal and avian habitat assessment, water and vegetation sampling, collection of invertebrates and aquatic organisms, and estuarine-marine habitat assessments.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

M.S: Students take core courses and complete their program with electives that provide flexibility. Master’s students take an average of two to three years to graduate.

Ph.D: Doctoral students are required to complete all required courses, pass written and oral examinations, and successfully write and defend a dissertation. Doctoral students take an average of five years to graduate.

Our Students

Students in the environmental toxicology program come from diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the nation and a number of different countries.  There are approximately 30 students in the program. Forty percent are women, 29 percent are international students, and 97 percent are full-time students.


Application Information

Graduate applicants are selected based on demonstrated scholarship (GRE scores, GPA, undergraduate institution), references, field experience, stated interests, and professional goals. Individual faculty members generally require personal interviews with applicants to determine their interests and compatibility with specific research projects. Field experience, computer and communication skills, and the applicant’s ability to work with others are important considerations.

Applicants may apply on the Web at Applications, along with the required application fee, should be received no later than five weeks prior to registration. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date.

Required Documents


Graduate research assistantships are available through research grants that are administered by individual faculty members. Fellowships and teaching assistantships in a variety of departments are also available. Minimum assistantship levels are normally $21,000 for Ph.D. students. There are no allowances for dependents or hiring of spouses.


Program Contact(s)

Program Coordinator(s)