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Environmental Toxicology Courses and Requirements

The interdisciplinary environmental toxicology graduate program offers a M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in environmental toxicology. Three research specializations are offered:

  1. Chemical Fate
  2. Biochemical Toxicology
  3. Ecological and Aquatic Toxicology

Our students work with a faculty member and in conjunction with an advisory committee to develop a program of study tailored to each students’ needs and interests in addition to helping each student reach his/her professional goals. The master’s degree requires 30 hours of credit, with at least 12 semester hours exclusive of thesis research (ETOX 8910), in the major discipline. The doctoral degree requires 18 hours of dissertation research (ETOX 9910), a course of study designed by the student, the student’s advisor and the advisory committee in addition to a dissertation.

Applying to the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program

Prerequisites

Candidates enrolling in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs must meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School and have an adequate background in the sciences. In general, the admission requirements include

  • two semesters of basic chemistry,
  • one semester of physics,
  • calculus,
  • two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory,
  • one semester of quantitative analysis or equivalent,
  • two semesters of biology/zoology,
  • one semester of ecology,
  • one semester of statistics,
  • one semester of biochemistry with laboratory, and
  • one semester of physiology.

Students may be admitted without this course background, but in those cases, the student typically will be expected to make up those deficiencies during the first year in the graduate program. The courses that will address the deficiencies will be determined by the advisory committee.

One important step early during the admission process is to identify and contact faculty members with whom you have similar research interests and inquire about potential options for your research project. Students will not be admitted to the environmental toxicology graduate program without a faculty member’s willingness to serve as your major adviser. Read more about faculty research interests and find contact information on our Research page

Application Procedure

Interested students need to complete an online application through the Graduate School and pay the processing fee. The application should include a written statement of purpose on your interests in graduate research and your professional goals.

No GRE scores, no reference letters, no resumes and no supporting documents of any kind should be sent to Graduate Admissions until an online application is completed.

The annual application deadline is Feb. 1 for students starting the program in the fall of the same year.

As part of the online application procedure, you will need to submit the following items:

  1. Letters of recommendation: Strong letters of recommendation from at least two or three references who are familiar with the applicant’s academic background.
  2. GPA: GPA of at least 3.0 or its equivalent for previous coursework.
  3. GRE: We look for GRE scores ≥ 150 on the verbal and math sections and ≥ 3.5 on the analytical writing section. These are guidelines; we do not outright reject students only because of poor GRE scores. Clemson’s institutional code is R51111.
  4. TOEFL: For international students, we look for a TOEFL ≥ 100 or IELTS ≥ 7. Lower scoring students may be accepted with other evidence of proficiency.

Financial Support

Graduate students accepted into the environmental toxicology graduate program are primarily supported as Research Assistants by their major professor/faculty adviser, or as Teaching Assistants in one of the departments that are supporting the program. Continuation of assistantship support, regardless of source, is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward research and academic goals as determined by the student's annual progress evaluation.

Graduation Requirements

Master of Science degree in environmental toxicology:

  1. Selecting your advisory committee
  2. Approval of the graduate plan of study (GS-2 form)
  3. Approval of the graduate research proposal (ENTOX form 2)
  4. Successful completion of all classes listed on the GS-2 form
  5. Research and completed thesis
  6. Successful defense of thesis

Doctor of Philosophy degree in environmental toxicology:

  1. Selecting your advisory committee
  2. Approval of the graduate plan of study (GS-2 form)
  3. Approval of the graduate research proposal (ENTOX form 2)
  4. Successful completion of oral and written candidacy exam
  5. Successful completion of all classes listed on the GS-2 form
  6. Research and completed dissertation
  7. Successful defense of dissertation

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program Coordinator Peter van den Hurk, at pvdhurk@clemson.edu.