Twin Cities Campus
Medical School - Adm
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Toxicology Graduate Program, Medical School Duluth, 162 SMed, 1035 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-6354; fax: 218-726-8014)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This University-wide program provides comprehensive training in the broad scope of toxicology. Toxicology, the science of poisons, is devoted to identifying and quantifying potential noxious agents in our environment. Although most chemical agents at sufficiently large doses may be toxic, not all present a significant risk to human health or to environmental organisms or ecosystems. Accordingly, the essence of the science of toxicology is defining the fine line that distinguishes a risk from a residue. To accomplish this requires scientific expertise in such areas as analytical and environmental chemistry, biology, and mathematics. Advanced courses and research are also available in such subdisciplines as human health risk assessment, epidemiology, environmental chemistry and engineering, ecotoxicology, food additives and nutritional toxicology, biochemical and physiological mechanisms, histopathology, diagnostic and analytical toxicology, drug metabolism, chemical carcinogenesis, behavioral toxicology, and the toxicity of noxious agents to various organ systems (e.g., nervous, heart, liver, kidneys).
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent from a recognized college/university. At least a full year each of biology, organic chemistry, and physics, as well as mathematics.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
22 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The doctor of philosophy degree requires core courses in physiology (4 credits), biochemistry (6 credits), statistics (2 credits), and toxicology (10 credits). Students must also complete 12 credits in a minor or supporting program and 24 thesis credits. Because the program spans the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses, the required courses differ on each campus. Additional advanced courses in toxicology or related fields may be specified by the adviser. Students must complete and defend an original research project.