Investigating Chemicals to Reduce Harmful Effects
Have you ever wondered why prescription drugs have side effects? Or why some plants and animals are poisonous? Or how exposure to air pollutants like sulfur and nitrogen oxides might affect people’s health?
You’ll learn the answers to these questions—and prepare for an exciting career—in the Toxicology program at Ashland University.
Toxicology is the study of how chemicals affect human health and the environment. And Ashland University is one of only ten schools in the country that offer a bachelor’s degree in this increasingly relevant field.
What to Expect in the Toxicology Program
This program will give you strong training in both biology and chemistry to prepare you for a growing number of career opportunities in industry and government as well as medical and other health professional schools.
As a toxicologist, you’ll:
- 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
- Assist government agencies in developing regulations and standards in areas ranging from food safety to pollution control
With a toxicology major, you’ll have the opportunity to work in applied areas such as clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and forensic science.
Specific 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
- Toxic Agents. 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
- Forensic Science. A course that provides students with insight into how the natural and physical sciences are utilized in the examination of materials to be submitted as evidence.
Toxicology Career Outlook
There are approximately 9,000 toxicologists currently working in the U.S. and Canada. Demand for these professionals far exceeds supply. About half of open positions go unfilled each year. The problem (or opportunity) extends to Europe where there is also a serious shortage of toxicology professionals.
Those with bachelor’s degrees are eligible for entry-level toxicology jobs as technicians, lab assistants or animal-care specialists.