Ashland is among only a few institutions in the country offering a bachelor’s degree in toxicology, the study of how chemicals affect human health and the environment. Strong training in both biology and chemistry will prepare you for a growing number of career opportunities in industry and government as well as medical and other health professional schools.
Have you ever wondered why prescription drugs have "side effects" along with the effect the drug is supposed to produce? Or why some plants and animals are poisonous? Or how exposure to air pollutants like sulfur and nitrogen oxides might affect people's health?
The answers to these and many other questions are found in an area of science called toxicology. Toxicology is the science that studies the effects of toxicants (in other words, poisons) on living organisms.
What Toxicologists do
Toxicologists conduct basic research on the effects of toxicants on human health and the environment, develop and perform tests to assess the safety of drugs and other chemical products and assist government agencies in developing regulations and standards in areas ranging from food safety to pollution control.
Toxicologists also work in applied areas such as clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and forensic science.
Toxicology coursework includes:
Principles of Toxicology
Covers the basic principles of toxicology, focusing on the biochemical, physiological and ecological effects of toxicants
Methods in Toxicology
An in-depth study of various methods used in toxicological research. Course is designed to give students hands-on experience in applying various techniques to toxicological problems
Students will learn about the toxic activities, physical properties, regulatory status and current/historic uses of various poisons, pesticides, and environmental toxins
Pharmacology and Toxicology
A survey of the major categories of drugs and toxicants and their therapeutic and/or toxic effects on humans
A course which provides students with insight into how the natural and physical sciences are utilized in the examination of materials to be submitted as evidence.
The connection with WIL Laboratories
Ashland University's toxicology program possesses several unique features which enhance the student's education and training. One of these is the close proximity of WIL Research, a contract research company in the city of Ashland. Internship and work opportunities are available for toxicology students at WIL Research, and WIL scientists participate in the training of our students. These opportunities allow toxicology majors to obtain valuable practical experience in a laboratory setting.