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Plan of Study: Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicologists use various disciplines such as molecular biology, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, ecology, social sciences and computer science to determine the fate, effects, and risks of toxicants with regards to the environment and human health. Our mission is to train new environmental toxicologists and address pertinent toxicological questions on chemical fate, bioavailability, biological effects, toxicokinetics and mechanisms of action. A focus on interdisciplinary approaches and sound science is fundamental to our education and research activities with participating faculty from the College of Science, the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, and the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. The program has produced numerous master’s and Ph.D. graduates who are now employed nationally and internationally in government, academic, industry positions. Students in this program have access to facilities such as the Clemson Light Imaging Facility, Palmetto High Performance Computing Cluster, Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility, and the Eukaryotic Pathogen Innovation Center, and the Clemson Experimental Forest.

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Plan of Study

Graduate students in Environmental Toxicology work closely with their major advisor and graduate committee to craft a plan of study that is geared toward the student’s interests. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Toxicology train students in interdisciplinary fields including biology, toxicology, environmental chemistry, and statistics.

M.S. students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including:

  • EES 8430 or 8450 - Environmental Engineering Chemistry I or II (3 credits)
  • ETOX 6300- Toxicology (3 credits)
  • ETOX 6370 - Ecotoxicology (3 credits)
  • Statistics - An appropriate graduate-level statistics course (e.g., STAT 8010, STAT 8050, etc.) (3 credits)
  • ETOX 8610 - Seminar in Environmental Toxicology (every semester)
  • ETOX 8910 - Masters Research minimum of 6 credits (graded pass/fail)
  • All teaching assistants must take GTA Colloquium
  • Electives - Common electives (list not exhaustive) include: ETOX/BIOL 8300 Mechanistic Toxicology, ETOX 8410 Procedures and Techniques in Ecological Risk Assessment, BIOL 6030 Applied Genomics, BIOL 6200 Neurobiology, BIOL 6800 Endocrinology, BIOL 8710 Concepts of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, BIOL 8710 Concepts of Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology, BCHM 8140 Advanced Biochemistry, BCHM 8200 Genomics and Proteomics, CH 6130 Chemistry of Aqueous Systems, CH 8350 Chemical Kinetics, MICR 6020 Environmental Microbiology

A total of 24 formal course credits is required with at least 12 (at least half) at the 8000 level.


Ph.D. students coming in with only a B.S./B.A. degree must complete 60 credit hours in the plan of study.

  • EES 8430 or 8450 - Environmental Engineering Chemistry I or II (3 credits)
  • ETOX 6300 - Toxicology (3 credits)
  • ETOX 6370- Ecotoxicology (3 credits)
  • Statistics - An appropriate graduate-level statistics course (e.g., STAT 8010, STAT 8050, etc.) (3 credits)
  • ETOX 8610 - Seminar in Environmental Toxicology (every semester)
  • ETOX 9910 - Doctoral Research minimum of 18 credits (graded pass/fail)
  • All teaching assistants must take GTA Colloquium
  • Electives - Common electives (list not exhaustive) include: ETOX/BIOL 8300 Mechanistic Toxicology, ETOX 8410 Procedures and Techniques in Ecological Risk Assessment, BIOL 6030 Applied Genomics, BIOL 6200 Neurobiology, BIOL 6800 Endocrinology, BIOL 8710 Concepts of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, BIOL 8710 Concepts of Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology, BCHM 8140 Advanced Biochemistry, BCHM 8200 Genomics and Proteomics, CH 6130 Chemistry of Aqueous Systems, CH 8350 Chemical Kinetics, MICR 6020 Environmental Microbiology, and others. 

A total of 12 formal course credits are required with at least half at the 800-level or above.


Ph.D. students entering the program who already have an M.S. degree must complete at minimum 30 credit hours to be determined based on a waiver of completed core courses.

For more information about degree requirements and curriculum, visit the most recent Graduate Student Guide for the Department of Biological Sciences. Course descriptions across the life sciences can be found in the University’s course catalog.

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Department of Biological Sciences
132 Long Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
 biolsci@clemson.edu
 864-656-2328

 
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