What am I going to learn?
I will learn about:
- Environmental Toxicology
- The effects of pollutants on organisms and natural ecosystems
- Basic principles of toxicology
- Dose-response relationships (how much is too much)
- Toxic mechanisms of action (how chemicals cause toxicity)
- Target organ toxicology (what body systems are affected and how damage occurs)
- Diagnosis and treatment of poisoning
- Types of environmental pollutants and their presence and movement through air, soil, and water
- Risk assessment and regulation of prescription drugs, pesticides, pollutants, and other chemicals
What experiences will I have?
- I will complete practical, hands-on research experience in laboratory or field studies through opportunities such as:
- A paid work opportunity: The Toxicology Undergraduate Research Experience Program (TUREP)
- Employment as a summer research assistant working with toxicology faculty
- Conduct your own research experiment under faculty guidance in the Honors Thesis Research course
- I will have the opportunity to try solving real-life toxicology problems in the capstone course
- I will participate in a senior seminar series to learn about cutting edge research in toxicology
- I will have opportunities for international exchange for research in toxicology through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
What can I do with this after I graduate?
- I can work in environmental toxicology consulting and risk assessment
- I can work in environmental management (e.g., for large natural resource companies or local governments)
- I can be a scientist or regulator for provincial or federal governments
- I can conduct research and development in the pharmaceutical, personal care products, pesticide, and chemical industries
- I can work in the area of food safety and water quality assessment
- I can work in occupational health and safety positions
- I can work in the area of forensic toxicology investigation
- I can advance to professional programs (e.g., Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition & Dietetics, Law, etc.)
- I can advance to graduate studies in toxicology or related fields
What lens will I use to see the world?
- I will view the chemical world from both a biological and medical perspective
- I will be able to facilitate understanding of complex environmental pollution issues (e.g., chemical spills) or poisonings among industry, government, and the general public
- I will have an appreciation for how controlled laboratory studies can help us understand effects of chemicals on humans, animals, and their environments
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