Undergraduate Program (Interdisciplinary)

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Toxicology program at the University of Saskatchewan is the only program of its type in western Canada, and the most comprehensive undergraduate toxicology program in the country.

The program has been designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how toxic substances behave in the body and in the natural environment, how they adversely affect individual organisms, populations and ecosystems, and how to measure these toxicants and their potential effects.

The interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program in Toxicology is a joint program of the Toxicology Centre and several academic units, including the departments of Soil Science, Biology, Geography, and Animal & Poultry Science, as well as the School of Environment & Sustainability. The program allows students to choose from a large number of electives so that they can focus their undergraduate program to emphasize environmental toxicology or human/biomedical toxicology. Students receive a B.Sc. Four-year or a B.Sc. Honours degree, depending on their academic standing.

For more information about the Toxicology program, contact:

Dr. Mark Wickstrom, Program Chair
Tel: 306-966-7441
E-mail: mark.wickstrom@usask.ca

Toxicology

Understand how toxic substances behave in the body and the natural environment. Discover how industrial emissions have polluted our ecosystem and how to evaluate and remediate their effects. Learn how new pharmaceuticals or pesticides and manufacturing waste products are regulated. Study poisonous plants and venomous snakes. These are just a few opportunities available to you when you choose to major in toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan.

What is Toxicology?

Toxicology is the science that deals with the harmful effects of chemical and physical agents on living organisms and biological systems. Generally speaking, toxicology is the study of poisons and pollutants.

During the last four to five decades, the world has seen a rapid growth in industrial activity, development of new technology and the synthesis of new chemicals. Some of these chemicals are approved for direct use in people and animals (e.g. drugs and food additives). Others are released into our environment, either intentionally (e.g. pesticides and household products), unintentionally (e.g. through industrial effluents and emissions) or by accident (e.g. spills and releases). In many cases, our knowledge of the effects of these new chemicals and the risk that they pose to environmental and human health is inadequate.

The potential adverse effects on people, wildlife and ecosystems from these chemicals are now being recognized and have become a matter of concern to scientists, regulatory agencies and the public at large. Industrial emissions and effluents released into our environment have caused global changes such as atmospheric ozone layer depletion, acid rain, surface and ground water pollution, contamination of natural and processed food supplies, disease, and large-scale wildlife and fish kills. The social-economic impacts of these pollution events have been enormous, and the need for trained toxicologists to address these issues is growing.

Career Opportunities

The main objective of this program is to properly prepare students for careers or further study in the exciting and expanding field of toxicology. There is a high demand for toxicology graduates both in Canada and internationally. A variety of career paths are available to graduates of both the undergraduate and graduate programs, given the different branches of toxicology. Examples of these include the following:

  • Analytical and Forensic Toxicology
  • Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Toxicology
  • Human and Chemical Toxicology
  • Veterinary and Wildlife Toxicology
  • Ecological and Aquatic Toxicology
  • Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology

Graduates with a major in Toxicology find jobs in chemical, drug, food and resource industries, environmental consulting firms, federal and provincial government research laboratories and regulatory departments, or university-based research centres. Such jobs range from laboratory and field work to regulatory and consulting positions.

Students with an undergraduate degree in Toxicology can meet the course requirements for admission to medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or dentistry, or could pursue graduate studies in toxicology at the Master’s or Ph.D. level.

The U of S Advantage

The Toxicology program at the University of Saskatchewan is the only program of its type in western Canada and is the most comprehensive undergraduate toxicology program in the country.

The program has been designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how toxic substances behave in the body and in the natural environment, how they adversely affect individual organisms, populations and ecosystems, and how to measure these toxicants and their potential effects.

Choose Your Program!

Students are able to choose from a large number of electives so that they can design their undergraduate program to emphasize one of two areas: biomedical toxicology or environmental toxicology.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of toxicology, students in the first two years of the program will receive a broad education in the life sciences. Required courses include the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • Cell biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • General biology
  • Genetics
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physiology

Courses focusing specifically on toxicology are available in years three and four of the program. These include the following:

  • Applied toxicology
  • Aquatic toxicology
  • Biotoxins
  • Ecological toxicology
  • Environmental fate and transport of toxic substances
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental toxicology
  • General principles of toxicology
  • Poisons and Pollutants 
  • Radiation and radionuclide toxicology
  • Risk assessment and regulatory toxicology
  • Systemic toxicology
  • Toxicology of industrial pollutants
  • Introduction to aquatic toxicology
  • Inhalation and environmental toxicology of air pollutants
  • Contaminated site management
  • Quantitative Toxicology
  • Toxicology research
  • A Major in Toxicology

Students majoring in toxicology can choose from one of the following degrees:

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Honours

The first two years of the program have been designed to provide maximum transferability with other U of S natural and life science programs, so that interested science students can transfer to the Toxicology program without having to take many additional courses.

Students wishing to do a minor in toxicology should look in the Calendar entry for the program to find the required courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1

BIOL 120: The Nature of Life

Description
An introduction to the underlying fundamental aspects of living systems: covering cell biology, genetics and the evolutionary processes which lead to complex, multi-cellular life forms.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 30 or BIOL 107 or BIOL 108.
Note:
Chemistry 30 is strongly recommended. Students with credit for BIOL 110 will not receive credit for BIOL 120.

BIOL 121: The Diversity of Life

Description
Our world has at least 15 million species, all of which have adapted to particular environments and lifestyles and use energy to grow and reproduce. We examine these processes in representative organisms from all the major groups, and discuss factors influencing changes in biodiversity over time and space.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 30 or BIOL 107 or BIOL 108.
Note:
Students with credit for BIOL 110 will not receive credit for BIOL 121.

CHEM 112: General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials

Description
Structure, bonding and properties of materials. Topics include atoms and molecules, bonding, molecular structure, intermolecular forces, states of matter, and properties of materials. The laboratory illustrates material covered in the lectures.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3.5P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Chemistry
Prerequisite(s):
Chemistry 30 and (Mathematics B30 or Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30).
Note:
Mathematics C30 or Geometry-Trigonometry 30 is strongly recommended. Students with credit for CHEM 111 or 114 may not take this course for credit.

CHEM 115: General Chemistry II Chemical Processes

Description
Chemical reactions, including the rates and energetics of reactions and specific types of reactions. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical reactions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, specific reactions, and thermodynamics.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Chemistry
Prerequisite(s):
CHEM 111, 112 or 114.
Note:
The introductory CHEM courses were changed in 2002. Students with credit for CHEM 111 may take CHEM 115.

CHEM 250: Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Description
An introduction to organic chemistry; students will learn to name organic compounds, predict some of the properties and reactivity of compounds based on molecular structure, and grasp the importance of these concepts and their application to all sciences and life in general. Almost all the reactions in living matter involve organic compounds, and it is impossible to understand the molecular processes of living systems without knowing organic chemistry. CHEM 250.3 is intended as a basis for other courses, and a beginning for understanding organic and bio-organic chemistry. The laboratory will introduce students to basic chemical laboratory skills frequently used in organic chemistry.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P-1T)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Chemistry
Prerequisite(s):
CHEM 112 or 114.
Note:
The introductory CHEM courses were changed in 2002. Students with credit for CHEM 111 may take CHEM 250. Students with credit for CHEM 251 may not take CHEM 250 for credit.

MATH 110: Calculus I

Description
Introduction to derivatives, limits, techniques of differentiation, maximum and minimum problems and other applications, implicit differentiation, anti-derivatives.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-1.5P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Mathematics and Statistics
Prerequisite(s):
Mathematics B30 and C30; or Pre-Calculus 30; or MATH 102 or MATH 104.
Note:
Students wishing to complete a full year of calculus should register for either MATH 112 or 116 for Term 2. At the completion of MATH 110, students will be allowed the option of changing their choice of the Term 2 course. Students may have credit for only one of MATH 110, 121, 123 or 125.

MATH 125: Mathematics for the Life Sciences

Description
An introduction to mathematical modeling with a focus on applications to the life sciences.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L-1.5P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Mathematics and Statistics
Prerequisite(s):
Mathematics A30, B30 and C30; or Pre-Calculus 30; or MATH 102 or MATH 104.
Note:
Students may receive credit for only one of MATH 110, 121, 123, or 125. Students with credit for MATH 115 may not take this course for credit. Arts & Science students needing 6 credit units of 100-level calculus should take MATH 110 followed by MATH 116. This course is restricted to students Majoring in Biology; Biology & Biotechnology; Anatomy & Cell Biology; Biochemistry; Biochemistry & Biotechnology; Biotechnology, Microbiology & Immunology; Environment & Society; Environmental Biology; Microbiology & Immunology; Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology; or Pharmacy.

6 credit units to fulfill Program Type C requirements

Electives to make a total of 30 credit units

Year 2

BIOL 224: Animal Body Systems

Description
Content ranges from Mendelian genetics to computational procedures based on the complete genome. Examples from eukaryotic species, including humans, are emphasized. Topics include classical transmission genetics, cytogenetics, DNA structure and replication, gene function, mutation and repair, regulation, recombinant DNA technology, and structural, functional and comparative genomics.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.
Note:
BIOL 121 is strongly recommended. Students with credit for BIOL 211 will not receive credit for BIOL 226.

BMSC 224: Animal Body Systems

Description
Studies the problems all animals have to overcome in order to survive and reproduce, and the different body systems that must deal with both unique and common environmental challenges.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Medicine
Department:
Medicine (Dean's Office)
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.
Note:
Students with credit for BIOL 203 or BIOL 217 or BIOL 224 or HSC 208 or PHSI 208 will not receive credit for BMSC 224.

BMSC 220: Cell Biology

Description
An introduction to the biology of eukaryotic cells. Topics include organization of eukaryotic chromosomes; the flow of genetic information from nucleus to cytoplasm; cellular membranes and organelles; control of cell division; and signaling between cells. Contrasts between eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic microbial cells will be discussed, as well as distinctions between plant and animal cells.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L)
College:
Medicine
Department:
Medicine (Dean's Office)
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s):
BMSC 200.
Note:
Students with credit for ACB 200 will not receive credit for BMSC 220.

BMSC 200: Biomolecules

Description
Content ranges from Mendelian genetics to computational procedures based on the complete genome. Examples from eukaryotic species, including humans, are emphasized. Topics include classical transmission genetics, cytogenetics, DNA structure and replication, gene function, mutation and repair, regulation, recombinant DNA technology, and structural, functional and comparative genomics.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Formerly:
BIOC 200.3
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.
Note:
BIOL 121 is strongly recommended. Students with credit for BIOL 211 will not receive credit for BIOL 226.

6 credit units from PHYS 115.3 and PHYS 117.3 (or PHYS125.3)

3 credit units from BIOL 226.3 or BIOL 228.3 (or PLSC 213.3)

3 credit units to fulfill Program Type C requirements

Electives to make a total of 30 credit units

Year 3

CHEM 375: Pollution Waste Disposal and Environment

Description
The disposal and treatment of waste materials will be discussed in terms of their effect on the gaseous and aqueous environments. A series of problems designed to illustrate the material covered in each topic will be assigned. The laboratory sessions are designed to give some understanding of how tests for environmental quality are carried out in the field and in the laboratory.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Chemistry
Prerequisite(s):
CHEM 115.

BIOL 317: Fundamentals of Animal Physiology

Description
Considers physical, chemical and functional aspects of animal cells and tissues. Specifically examines membrane transport mechanisms, bioelectricity and fundamental principles of muscle and nervous system physiology, evolution and plasticity. Cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory are introduced.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L-4P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 224 or BMSC 224 (or HSC 208); CHEM 112; CHEM 115 or CHEM 250 (CHEM 115 recommended).
Note:
PHYS 115 and 117 are recommended. Students with credit for BIOL 217 will not receive credit for this course. Offered on an annual basis.

PHPY 301: Fundamental Neuroscience Intercellular Communication

Description

Cell to cell communication is central to all physiological systems. This course focus is on the dynamic electrical behavior of excitable cells, the mechanisms by which neurons convert electrical activity into chemical signals that act on close and distant target cells, or more generally through the release of hormones.

Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L)
College:
College Medicine
Department:
Department Medicine (Dean's Office)
Prerequisite(s):
BMSC 224.3 or BIOL 224.3 or permission of the instructor.
Note:
The course content is a reorganization and condensation of what was previously offered in PHSI 337.3, PHSI 336.3, and PHSI 348.3. Students with credit for PHSI 336.3 cannot take this course for credit.

PHPY 301: Fundamental Neuroscience Intercellular Communication

Description
Cell to cell communication is central to all physiological systems. This course focus is on the dynamic electrical behavior of excitable cells, the mechanisms by which neurons convert electrical activity into chemical signals that act on close and distant target cells, or more generally through the release of hormones.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L)
College:
Medicine
Department:
Medicine (Dean's Office)
Prerequisite(s):
BMSC 224.3 or BIOL 224.3 or permission of the instructor.
Note:
The course content is a reorganization and condensation of what was previously offered in PHSI 337.3, PHSI 336.3, and PHSI 348.3. Students with credit for PHSI 336.3 cannot take this course for credit.

TOX 300: General Principles of Toxicology

Description
An introduction to the general principles of toxicology. Salient topics include: dose-response relationships, toxicokinetics, target toxicity, mechanisms of toxic action, general principles of toxicity testing, and mechanisms of action of antidotes.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Formerly:
VBMS 300.
Prerequisite(s):
BMSC 224.3/BIOL 224.3 or PHSI 208.6.
Note:
Open to all students. Students with credit for VBMS 300 may not take this course for credit.

TOX 301: Environmental Toxicology

Description
A discussion of major environmental pollutants, their sources, interactions with atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic systems, exposure of people, animals and other biota, and their dose-response relationships. Some of the physical and chemical changes induced in the environment by pollutants, contaminant fate and transport, and bioremediation are also discussed.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120 and 121 and CHEM 112.

3 credit units from the toxicology list

3 credit units from BIOL 222.3 or 373.3 or BMSC 240.3

Remaining 3 credit units from BIOL 226.3 or BIOL 228.3 (or PLSC 213.3)

6 credit units to fulfill Program Type C requirements

Electives to make a total of 30 credit units

Year 4

TOX 400: Quantitative Toxicology

Description
This course provides students with the knowledge and tools required to design, evaluate and interpret toxicological studies. Students will learn how to identify putative causes of adverse effects, design experiments to evaluate these causes and how to estimate, and communicate about, how toxicant concentrations are linked to adverse effects. The course will include test designs at the organism, population and ecological levels of organization by using examples drawn from human and ecological toxicological disciplines. At the conclusion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of how human and ecological toxicity tests are designed, interpreted and communicated.
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300, TOX 301; and one of STAT 245, STAT 246 or PLSC 214.

TOX 490: Toxicology Seminar

Description
Seminar presentations by visitors, faculty and students on a broad selection of toxicology issues. Fourth-year students in the Undergraduate Toxicology Program will be required to present one seminar and attend all seminars throughout the full academic year.
Credit units:
.0
Term description:
1&2(1S)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300 and 301.

Choose 15 credit units from the following:

TOX 302: Introduction to Aquatic Toxicology

Description
This course will provide an overview of the sources, fate and effects of toxicants in the aquatic environment. Material will center around prevailing issues reported in the popular news media associated with modern and legacy contaminants, and will illustrate how laboratory and field testing can be combined to assess and predict effects on organisms.
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3 and CHEM 112.3.

TOX 310: Radiation and Radionuclide Toxicology

Description
Discusses natural and artificially produced radionuclides, units of radiation measurement, processes of decay and fission, interaction of radiation with matter, doses, risks of effects, and radionuclide transfer through ecosystems. Provides students with the knowledge to assess potential environmental impacts and health hazards from exposure to ionizing radiation from natural background, uranium mining and medical courses. A 2 hour tutorial once a week is included.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-2T)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120; BIOL 121; and CHEM 112 or PHYS 115.

TOX 320: Inhalation and Environmental Toxicology of Air Pollutants

Description
Covers the sources, types, behavior and toxic effects of major air pollutants. It is based on four units: 1) atmospheric structure, evolution, energy balance and circulation; 2) major classes of air pollutants (including indoor air quality concerns), environmental behavior and effects; 3) the respiratory system as a target for toxic agents, mechanisms of damage and repair, assessment of respiratory function and standardized inhalation toxicity testing; and 4) students debates on current topics in air pollution and inhalation toxicology.
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3, CHEM 112.3, and CHEM 115.3

TOX 321: Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology

Description
An introduction to human health and ecological risk assessment and an overview of Canadian and international regulatory requirements for the registration of new products, focussing on safety assessment/toxicity testing of pesticides and human pharmaceuticals, and basic principles of occupational health and industrial hygiene.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
6 credit units BIOL and 6 credit units CHEM.
Note:
TOX 300 and TOX 301 recommended.

TOX 402: Systemic Toxicology

Description
An overview of the types of injury produced in specific vertebrate, especially mammalian, organ systems by toxic agents and how such injury alters their functions and the overall effect on the body.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.

TOX 403: Biotoxins

Description
An overview of the occurrence, mechanisms of action and clinical effects of commonly encountered plant toxins, mycotoxins, poisonous mushrooms, algal toxins, bacterial toxins, and zootoxins (venomous and poisonous snakes, fish, arthropods, and marine invertebrates).
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.

TOX 412: Toxicology of Industrial Pollutants

Description
An introduction to major categories, sources, routes of exposure, metabolism, mechanisms of action and toxic effects on people and ecosystems of common industrial organic chemicals, pesticides and metals. Emphasis will be placed on pollutants and industries of relevance to Canada.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.
Note:
TOX 301 recommended.

TOX 461: Applied Toxicology

Description
Provides students an opportunity to evaluate practical toxicology/ecotoxicology problems associated with Saskatchewan and northern ecosystems. Students will be presented with specific toxicological questions or case studies of current relevance which will be examined using research data and library facilities. Written and oral presentations will be required for each problem.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(1L-2S/T)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300 and 301.

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TOX 480: Toxicology Research

Description
Students will work on a laboratory, field, library, or theoretical study under the supervision of a faculty member from the Toxicology Group. Each individual project requires approval of a research proposal by the Toxicology Academic Advisor in the term preceding registration before permission will be granted. A thorough, written report in thesis format describing the project and the summarized results submitted at the end of the project will be evaluated by the supervisor.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(6P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Permission of the department required.
 
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300 and 301.
Note:
Students with credit for TOX 481 may not take this course for credit. This course is only open to Honours students in the fourth year of their Toxicology program, unless special permission has been granted by the Toxicology Academic Advisor.

TOX 481: Toxicology Research

Description
Students will work on a toxicology research project under the supervision of a faculty member from the Toxicology Group. Each project requires approval of a research proposal by the Toxicology Academic Advisor prior to registration. A written report in thesis format must be submitted at the end of the project.
Credit units:
.6
Term description:
1&2(6P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Permission of the department required.
 
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300 and 301.
Note:
Students with credit for TOX 480 may not take this course for credit. This course is only open to Honours students in the fourth year of their Toxicology program, unless special permission has been granted by the Toxicology Academic Advisor.

TOX 498: Special Topics

Description
An overview of the occurrence, mechanisms of action and clinical effects of commonly encountered plant toxins, mycotoxins, poisonous mushrooms, algal toxins, bacterial toxins, and zootoxins (venomous and poisonous snakes, fish, arthropods, and marine invertebrates).
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.

BIOL 475: Ecological Toxicology

Description
An introduction to the principles of ecological toxicology, including: population modeling, experimental design and interpretation of field studies, and contaminant impact assessment on populations, communities and ecosystems. Computer laboratory exercises will be used to model populations and ecosystems and analyze changes in populations and communities resulting from contaminant impacts.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120 and 121 (formerly BIOL 110) and BIOL 228 (formerly BIOL 253) and 6 additional credit units of senior BIOL courses and a course in statistics; or permission of the instructor.
Note:
TOX 301 is recommended.

GEOG 386: Environmental Impact Assessment

Description
A practical and theoretical introduction to environmental and socioeconomic impact assessment. Emphasis is placed on the principles and characteristics of impact assessment as set out under Canadian and Saskatchewan guidelines and legislation, and on the lessons learned from selected case studies.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Geography and Planning
Prerequisite(s):
GEOG 280 or permission of the instructor.

EVSC 420: Environmental Fate and Transport of Toxic Substances

Description
In this lecture/practicum based course, students will learn how to construct a multi-media environmental model using freely available software. Students will be exposed to the fundamental theory of environmental fate modeling with a focus on how contaminant movement and transformation in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere are incorporated into long term environmental fate models. The course is located in a computer lab and the emphasis is on practical construction, implementation and interpretation of fugacity based environmental fate models. Each lecture period consists of a brief theoretical overview followed by application and implementation of the equations into the student¿s fate model.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L)
College:
Agriculture and Bioresources
Department:
Soil Science
Prerequisite(s):
MATH 104, 110 or 125; PHYS 115 or EVSC 210; successful completion of 60 credit units of university level courses.

EVSC 421: Contaminated Site Management and Remediation

Description
This course will focus on how contaminated sites are managed and remediated for new land uses. Students will learn the theory of how sites are investigated and characterized, how toxicological information is used to estimate the risk to humans and ecosystems, how threats to groundwater are assessed and finally, methods by which these risks and threats are mitigated through remediation approaches. This course will provide students with the skill sets necessary to assess, manage and reduce human and ecological risk at a contaminated site.
Prerequisite(s):
EVSC 210 or 3 credit units 100-level PHYS, STAT 245 or PLSC 214, and one of EVSC 220, SLSC 240 or RRM 215.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s):
One of TOX 321, GEOG 386, BLE 481, SLSC 313 or SLSC 322.
Note:
Fourth-year students in Environmental Engineering or Toxicology will be given a prerequisite waiver by the college.

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

STAT 245: Introduction to Statistical Methods

Description
An introduction to basic statistical methods including frequency distributions, elementary probability, confidence intervals and tests of significance, analysis of variance, regression and correlation, contingency tables, goodness of fit.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-1P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Mathematics and Statistics
Prerequisite(s):
MATH 100, 104 (formerly MATH 101), 110 or STAT 103.
Note:
Students may receive credit for only one of STAT 242, 244, 245, or 246. Please refer to the Statistics Course Regulations in the Arts & Science section of the Course and Program Catalogue.

STAT 246: Introduction to Biostatistics

Description
An introduction to statistical techniques with emphasis on methods particularly applicable to biological and health sciences. Topics include: descriptive statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing, linear and logistic regression, contingency tables, life tables, and experimental design. Computerized data analysis will be an essential component of the labs.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-2P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Mathematics and Statistics
Prerequisite(s):
Mathematics B30 and BIOL 120 and 121 (formerly BIOL 110) or permission of the department.
Note:
One of MATH 104 (formerly MATH 101), MATH 110 or STAT 103 is recommended but not essential. Students may receive credit for only one of STAT 242, 244, 245, or 246. Please refer to the Statistics Course Regulations in the Arts and Science section of the Course and Program Catalogue.

PLSC 214: Statistical Methods

Description
An introduction to statistical methods and their application to experiments. Includes probability, means and variances, "t" tests, analysis of variance, experimental designs, simple regression and correlation, and chi-square tests. Designed for students in the biological sciences.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-2P)
College:
Agriculture and Bioresources
Department:
Plant Sciences
Formerly:
PLSC 314
Note:
Students wishing to use this course for Arts & Science credit should refer to Statistics Course Regulations in the Arts & Science section of the Calendar. Students with credit for PLSC 314 will not receive credit for this course. Students in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources who have received credit for STAT 245 will not receive credit for this course.

Toxicology - Minor

Requirements

Courses listed under the 'C6 Major Requirement' of the student's program Major cannot be used to meet requirements for the Minor.

TOX 300: General Principles of Toxicology

Description
An introduction to the general principles of toxicology. Salient topics include: dose-response relationships, toxicokinetics, target toxicity, mechanisms of toxic action, general principles of toxicity testing, and mechanisms of action of antidotes.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Formerly:
VBMS 300.
Prerequisite(s):
BMSC 224.3/BIOL 224.3 or PHSI 208.6.
Note:
Open to all students. Students with credit for VBMS 300 may not take this course for credit.

TOX 301: Environmental Toxicology

Description
A discussion of major environmental pollutants, their sources, interactions with atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic systems, exposure of people, animals and other biota, and their dose-response relationships. Some of the physical and chemical changes induced in the environment by pollutants, contaminant fate and transport, and bioremediation are also discussed.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120 and 121 and CHEM 112.

Restricted Electives

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

TOX 302: Introduction to Aquatic Toxicology

Description
This course will provide an overview of the sources, fate and effects of toxicants in the aquatic environment. Material will center around prevailing issues reported in the popular news media associated with modern and legacy contaminants, and will illustrate how laboratory and field testing can be combined to assess and predict effects on organisms.
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3 and CHEM 112.3.

TOX 310: Radiation and Radionuclide Toxicology

Description
Discusses natural and artificially produced radionuclides, units of radiation measurement, processes of decay and fission, interaction of radiation with matter, doses, risks of effects, and radionuclide transfer through ecosystems. Provides students with the knowledge to assess potential environmental impacts and health hazards from exposure to ionizing radiation from natural background, uranium mining and medical courses. A 2 hour tutorial once a week is included.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-2T)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120; BIOL 121; and CHEM 112 or PHYS 115.

TOX 320: Inhalation and Environmental Toxicology of Air Pollutants

Description
Covers the sources, types, behavior and toxic effects of major air pollutants. It is based on four units: 1) atmospheric structure, evolution, energy balance and circulation; 2) major classes of air pollutants (including indoor air quality concerns), environmental behavior and effects; 3) the respiratory system as a target for toxic agents, mechanisms of damage and repair, assessment of respiratory function and standardized inhalation toxicity testing; and 4) students debates on current topics in air pollution and inhalation toxicology.
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3, CHEM 112.3, and CHEM 115.3

TOX 321: Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology

Description
An introduction to human health and ecological risk assessment and an overview of Canadian and international regulatory requirements for the registration of new products, focussing on safety assessment/toxicity testing of pesticides and human pharmaceuticals, and basic principles of occupational health and industrial hygiene.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
6 credit units BIOL and 6 credit units CHEM.
Note:
TOX 300 and TOX 301 recommended.

TOX 400: Quantitative Toxicology

Description
This course provides students with the knowledge and tools required to design, evaluate and interpret toxicological studies. Students will learn how to identify putative causes of adverse effects, design experiments to evaluate these causes and how to estimate, and communicate about, how toxicant concentrations are linked to adverse effects. The course will include test designs at the organism, population and ecological levels of organization by using examples drawn from human and ecological toxicological disciplines. At the conclusion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of how human and ecological toxicity tests are designed, interpreted and communicated.
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300, TOX 301; and one of STAT 245, STAT 246 or PLSC 214.

TOX 402: Systemic Toxicology

Description
An overview of the types of injury produced in specific vertebrate, especially mammalian, organ systems by toxic agents and how such injury alters their functions and the overall effect on the body.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.

TOX 403: Biotoxins

Description
An overview of the occurrence, mechanisms of action and clinical effects of commonly encountered plant toxins, mycotoxins, poisonous mushrooms, algal toxins, bacterial toxins, and zootoxins (venomous and poisonous snakes, fish, arthropods, and marine invertebrates).
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.

TOX 412: Toxicology of Industrial Pollutants

Description
An introduction to major categories, sources, routes of exposure, metabolism, mechanisms of action and toxic effects on people and ecosystems of common industrial organic chemicals, pesticides and metals. Emphasis will be placed on pollutants and industries of relevance to Canada.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.
Note:
TOX 301 recommended.

TOX 461: Applied Toxicology

Description
Provides students an opportunity to evaluate practical toxicology/ecotoxicology problems associated with Saskatchewan and northern ecosystems. Students will be presented with specific toxicological questions or case studies of current relevance which will be examined using research data and library facilities. Written and oral presentations will be required for each problem.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(1L-2S/T)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300 and 301.

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

BIOL 224: Animal Body Systems

Description
Content ranges from Mendelian genetics to computational procedures based on the complete genome. Examples from eukaryotic species, including humans, are emphasized. Topics include classical transmission genetics, cytogenetics, DNA structure and replication, gene function, mutation and repair, regulation, recombinant DNA technology, and structural, functional and comparative genomics.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.
Note:
BIOL 121 is strongly recommended. Students with credit for BIOL 211 will not receive credit for BIOL 226.

BMSC 224: Animal Body Systems

Description
Studies the problems all animals have to overcome in order to survive and reproduce, and the different body systems that must deal with both unique and common environmental challenges.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Medicine
Department:
Medicine (Dean's Office)
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.
Note:
Students with credit for BIOL 203 or BIOL 217 or BIOL 224 or HSC 208 or PHSI 208 will not receive credit for BMSC 224.

BIOL 312: Life in the North

Description
Provides students with a greater understanding of the complexity of important concepts and issues related to the land and environment of the North. The course focuses on the impacts of ecological and physical changes of northern ecosystems on the peoples. Emphasis is given to the challenges of sustainability of ecosystems in the Circumpolar North, and to the need for long-term and international stewardship.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
NRTH 101 and 6 credit units in Science (BIOL 107, 108, 120 and 121 recommended).
Note:
Students enrolled in a B.Sc. Four Year, Three-year or Honours in Biology can use BIOL 312 only to fulfill degree requirement #7 of the B.Sc. This course meets the science requirement for Programs A, B, D.

BIOL 412: Limnology

Description
Introduction to the ecology of lakes. The biological, chemical and physical properties of lakes are examined at lake and watershed levels. Theoretical and applied topics, including human impacts (e.g., eutrophication, climate change, ultraviolet radiation, contaminants, and angling) are examined. Laboratories and field trips provide training in limnological techniques.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L-4P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 121, BIOL 228 (formerly BIOL 253) and CHEM 112; or permission of the instructor.
Note:
A course in statistics is recommended. Students with credit for BIOL 415 may not take this course for credit. There will be costs for a field trip in addition to tuition fees.

BIOL 475: Ecological Toxicology

Description
An introduction to the principles of ecological toxicology, including: population modeling, experimental design and interpretation of field studies, and contaminant impact assessment on populations, communities and ecosystems. Computer laboratory exercises will be used to model populations and ecosystems and analyze changes in populations and communities resulting from contaminant impacts.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Biology
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120 and 121 (formerly BIOL 110) and BIOL 228 (formerly BIOL 253) and 6 additional credit units of senior BIOL courses and a course in statistics; or permission of the instructor.
Note:
TOX 301 is recommended.

CHEM 375: Pollution Waste Disposal and Environment

Description
The disposal and treatment of waste materials will be discussed in terms of their effect on the gaseous and aqueous environments. A series of problems designed to illustrate the material covered in each topic will be assigned. The laboratory sessions are designed to give some understanding of how tests for environmental quality are carried out in the field and in the laboratory.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-3P)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Chemistry
Prerequisite(s):
CHEM 115.

GEOG 351: Northern Environments

Description
A multidisciplinary study of the biophysical environments of the circumpolar North. Examines the processes operating at the Earth's surface and within the atmosphere and hydrosphere and their role in structuring northern ecosystems. Writing exercises and/or research projects will permit students with background preparation in the humanities, social sciences and the sciences to assess the impact of human activity on northern environments.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Geography and Planning
Prerequisite(s):
6 credit units in science; or permission of the instructor.
Note:
GEOG 120 or NRTH 101 recommended.

GEOG 386: Environmental Impact Assessment

Description
A practical and theoretical introduction to environmental and socioeconomic impact assessment. Emphasis is placed on the principles and characteristics of impact assessment as set out under Canadian and Saskatchewan guidelines and legislation, and on the lessons learned from selected case studies.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Geography and Planning
Prerequisite(s):
GEOG 280 or permission of the instructor.

EVSC 420: Environmental Fate and Transport of Toxic Substances

Description
In this lecture/practicum based course, students will learn how to construct a multi-media environmental model using freely available software. Students will be exposed to the fundamental theory of environmental fate modeling with a focus on how contaminant movement and transformation in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere are incorporated into long term environmental fate models. The course is located in a computer lab and the emphasis is on practical construction, implementation and interpretation of fugacity based environmental fate models. Each lecture period consists of a brief theoretical overview followed by application and implementation of the equations into the student¿s fate model.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1(3L)
College:
Agriculture and Bioresources
Department:
Soil Science
Prerequisite(s):
MATH 104, 110 or 125; PHYS 115 or EVSC 210; successful completion of 60 credit units of university level courses.

EVSC 421: Contaminated Site Management and Remediation

Description
This course will focus on how contaminated sites are managed and remediated for new land uses. Students will learn the theory of how sites are investigated and characterized, how toxicological information is used to estimate the risk to humans and ecosystems, how threats to groundwater are assessed and finally, methods by which these risks and threats are mitigated through remediation approaches. This course will provide students with the skill sets necessary to assess, manage and reduce human and ecological risk at a contaminated site.
Prerequisite(s):
EVSC 210 or 3 credit units 100-level PHYS, STAT 245 or PLSC 214, and one of EVSC 220, SLSC 240 or RRM 215.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s):
One of TOX 321, GEOG 386, BLE 481, SLSC 313 or SLSC 322.
Note:
Fourth-year students in Environmental Engineering or Toxicology will be given a prerequisite waiver by the college.

TOX 302: Introduction to Aquatic Toxicology

Description
This course will provide an overview of the sources, fate and effects of toxicants in the aquatic environment. Material will center around prevailing issues reported in the popular news media associated with modern and legacy contaminants, and will illustrate how laboratory and field testing can be combined to assess and predict effects on organisms.
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3 and CHEM 112.3.

TOX 310: Radiation and Radionuclide Toxicology

Description
Discusses natural and artificially produced radionuclides, units of radiation measurement, processes of decay and fission, interaction of radiation with matter, doses, risks of effects, and radionuclide transfer through ecosystems. Provides students with the knowledge to assess potential environmental impacts and health hazards from exposure to ionizing radiation from natural background, uranium mining and medical courses. A 2 hour tutorial once a week is included.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L-2T)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120; BIOL 121; and CHEM 112 or PHYS 115.

TOX 320: Inhalation and Environmental Toxicology of Air Pollutants

Description
Covers the sources, types, behavior and toxic effects of major air pollutants. It is based on four units: 1) atmospheric structure, evolution, energy balance and circulation; 2) major classes of air pollutants (including indoor air quality concerns), environmental behavior and effects; 3) the respiratory system as a target for toxic agents, mechanisms of damage and repair, assessment of respiratory function and standardized inhalation toxicity testing; and 4) students debates on current topics in air pollution and inhalation toxicology.
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3, CHEM 112.3, and CHEM 115.3

TOX 321: Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology

Description
An introduction to human health and ecological risk assessment and an overview of Canadian and international regulatory requirements for the registration of new products, focussing on safety assessment/toxicity testing of pesticides and human pharmaceuticals, and basic principles of occupational health and industrial hygiene.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
6 credit units BIOL and 6 credit units CHEM.
Note:
TOX 300 and TOX 301 recommended.

TOX 400: Quantitative Toxicology

Description
This course provides students with the knowledge and tools required to design, evaluate and interpret toxicological studies. Students will learn how to identify putative causes of adverse effects, design experiments to evaluate these causes and how to estimate, and communicate about, how toxicant concentrations are linked to adverse effects. The course will include test designs at the organism, population and ecological levels of organization by using examples drawn from human and ecological toxicological disciplines. At the conclusion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of how human and ecological toxicity tests are designed, interpreted and communicated.
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300, TOX 301; and one of STAT 245, STAT 246 or PLSC 214.

TOX 402: Systemic Toxicology

Description
An overview of the types of injury produced in specific vertebrate, especially mammalian, organ systems by toxic agents and how such injury alters their functions and the overall effect on the body.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.

TOX 403: Biotoxins

Description
An overview of the occurrence, mechanisms of action and clinical effects of commonly encountered plant toxins, mycotoxins, poisonous mushrooms, algal toxins, bacterial toxins, and zootoxins (venomous and poisonous snakes, fish, arthropods, and marine invertebrates).
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.

TOX 412: Toxicology of Industrial Pollutants

Description
An introduction to major categories, sources, routes of exposure, metabolism, mechanisms of action and toxic effects on people and ecosystems of common industrial organic chemicals, pesticides and metals. Emphasis will be placed on pollutants and industries of relevance to Canada.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(3L)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300.
Note:
TOX 301 recommended.

TOX 461: Applied Toxicology

Description
Provides students an opportunity to evaluate practical toxicology/ecotoxicology problems associated with Saskatchewan and northern ecosystems. Students will be presented with specific toxicological questions or case studies of current relevance which will be examined using research data and library facilities. Written and oral presentations will be required for each problem.
Credit units:
.3
Term description:
1/2(1L-2S/T)
College:
Arts and Science
Department:
Science Division
Prerequisite(s):
TOX 300 and 301.

Student Awards

The Toxicology Undergraduate Program provides the following special awards to students. The awards are typically presented at the Toxicology Group Annual General Meeting, which is generally held each May. A brief list of the awards and their dollar value is given below, followed by a more in-depth description and recent award winners.

Undergraduate student awards

  • AREVA Award for Academic Excellence ($500)
  • Fisher Scientific Toxicology Undergraduate Research Awards ($500, $200, $100)
  • Fisher Scientific Toxicology Undergraduate Seminar Awards (Winner $100, two honourable mentions $50)

AREVA Award for Academic Excellence in Toxicology

The 2012-13 winner of the AREVA Award for Academic Excellence in Toxicology, Matthew Walliser.

This award is given each year to the student graduating from the Toxicology Undergraduate Program with the highest grade point average in their major courses. The award is in the amount of $500.

The 2012-13 winner of the AREVA Award for Academic Excellence in Toxicology was Matthew Walliser.

Presenting the award, Dr. Mark Wickstrom, Program Chair.


Fisher Scientific Toxicology Undergraduate Research Awards

The 2012-13 winner of the AREVA Award for Academic Excellence in Toxicology, Matthew Walliser.

Vanessa Cowan, 1st Place

The 2012-13 winner of the AREVA Award for Academic Excellence in Toxicology, Matthew Walliser.

Shelby Reid, 3rd Place

The Fisher Scientific Toxicology Undergraduate Research Awards are presented each year to the students who produce the best papers based on their TOX 480.3 or TOX 481.6 Honors Thesis Research projects. The awards are in the amount of $500 for first place, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100.

The 1st place recipient of the 2012-13 Toxicology Undergraduate Research Award was Vanessa Cowan.

  • 2nd place, Nicole Remenda (unable to attend presentation)
  • 3rd place, Shelby Reid

Presenting the awards, Jim Schille, Fisher Scientific International Account Representative.


Fisher Scientific Toxicology Undergraduate Seminar Awards

The 2012-13 winner of the AREVA Award for Academic Excellence in Toxicology, Matthew Walliser.

The Fisher Toxicology Undergraduate Seminar Awards are presented each year to the top student presentations in the Toxicology Seminar (TOX 490) course. The awards are in the amount of $100 for first place, with $50 each for honorable mentions.

The 1st place recipiant of the 2012-13 Fisher Scientific Toxicology Undergraduate Seminar Award was Vanessa Cowan (middle).

Honourable Mentions were Kean Steeves (right) and Dawn Bedell (left).

Presenting the awards, Leanne Flahr and Jonathon Doering, Graduate Students in the Toxicology Program and TOX 490 instructors.


Poison Apron Award

Poison Apron Award

Students' choice award for best presentation in TOX 403 (Biotoxins)

Congratulations to Ben Ravichander in the red apron and Derek Green in the black apron.  
Presenting the awards Dr. Mark Wickstrom Program Chair.  2013-14


Toxicology Undergraduate Research Experience Program (TUREP)

Rationale and Scope

The University of Saskatchewan Toxicology Program wants to offer more research opportunities (either laboratory or field based) to its best undergraduate students, especially those in earlier years of their academic program. The rationale is four-fold: (1) since we do not have a true laboratory-based undergraduate course in toxicology, this would provide at least a few more of our students with practical, hands-on experience in toxicology research that they are currently lacking and requesting; (2) it could encourage more of our good students to pursue graduate studies in Toxicology; (3) it could possibly entice a few new students to our program if this is implemented on a meaningful scale; and (4) it could be a way for us to encourage students to declare their Toxicology major earlier in their undergraduate career. The Toxicology Undergraduate Research Experience Program (TUREP) was created to address these needs. In order to facilitate faculty interest and participation in the program, the Toxicology Centre will pay 50% of the student wages; the participating faculty member will be required to pay the remaining 50%. In order to participate, faculty members must be active in some aspect of the Toxicology Program.

Program Guidelines

The TUREP will be open to Toxicology Undergraduate Program majors only. Students must therefore have formally declared their major prior to applying.

The employment term runs for one academic term only, either Fall (Term 1) or Winter (Term 2). Faculty are free to extend student employment past one term at their own discretion and expense. Summer student employment already occurs at a meaningful scale, so this program will not apply to summer hires.

The TUREP is a research experience program, not an independent research project; it is not part of a student’s formal academic program.

Each position is offered for up to 8 hours per week during each term (to a maximum of 16 weeks), using standard U of S pay scales for undergraduate student assistants. The Toxicology Centre’s commitment is capped at 50% of the employment cost to a maximum cost to $1,000 per student. Faculty supervising a TUREP student are welcome to make commitments beyond that, but will then agree to pay 100% of the additional costs (e.g., if a student is hired for more than 8 hours/week).

There will be three TUREP positions created each Fall and Winter term starting in Fall 2013.

Pending availability of qualified candidates, one position per term will be awarded to one student enrolled in each of Years 1, 2 and 3 of the Toxicology Undergraduate Program. Fourth-year students are not eligible (many of these students are already offered employment opportunities, especially during the summer, and TUREP should not “compete” with TOX 480/481 for students).

Students are only eligible for this program once during their undergraduate career. Faculty are, of course, free to re-hire students in subsequent years outside of the TUREP.

Students apply to be considered for the program using an application form available on the Toxicology Centre website. The form will include their research interests and identification of potential faculty supervisors. Students must attach a copy of their most current U of S transcript, and their high school transcript if they are enrolled in Year 1 of their undergraduate program.

Students who apply will be ranked largely based on academic standing. Once ranked, the top student per term in each of the three eligible years (Years 1, 2 and 3) will be notified and can then freely select which Toxicology Program faculty member they want to work with (prior to each academic term, faculty members will indicate if they want to participate in the program that term and the resulting list provided to successful students). Ranking and final selection of students who apply to the TUREP, and identification of the order in which successful candidates will be allowed to choose a supervisor, will be performed by the TUREP awards committee, comprised of the Toxicology Centre Director and Associate Director - Academic, and the Chair of the Toxicology Undergraduate Program.

If a faculty member decides, for whatever reason, that they do not want to work with a student who has identified them as the desired supervisor, the student will have to identify another potential supervisor. Ideally, a supervisor will be allowed to supervise only one TUREP student each year (assuming suitable options are available).

To ensure that successful students are provided a meaningful research experience, faculty employing these students will have to commit to offering students an opportunity to participate in existing research and get hands-on experience with techniques and experiments. Simply using TUREP students for menial laboratory tasks, such as washing glassware, labeling, ordering supplies, etc., is not acceptable. Any faculty member who violates this agreement will become ineligible for future participation in the TUREP.

Impact and success of the program will be evaluated at the end of the first full year of implementation and this policy modified accordingly, following approval by the Toxicology Faculty Council.

TUREP APPLICATION FORM

Policy approved by the Toxicology Faculty Council on March 8, 2013.

Toxicology Student Social (TOSS)

  • Dayna Schutlz - President
  • Taylor Grusie - Exam File Coordinator
  • Vanessa Cowan - Past President 

The Toxicology Students Society, otherwise known as ToSS, is looking for toxicology undergraduate students to join the executive for the upcoming school year. Involvement with ToSS looks great on your CV/resume as volunteer and leadership experience. ToSS also gives you the opportunity to get to know the faculty and staff of the Tox centre better along with your fellow students. Being part of the executive gives you a say in program matters, as faculty often ask ToSS executive members for their thoughts and opinions on the way things are running. Further, you will be part of planning extracurricular events & gifts for your fellow classmates, which can include: campus rec teams, bowling nights, hospitality nights, the graduation banquet and grad gift, and other creative ideas you might have. We look forward to meeting you!  Please email toss@usask.ca 

tox symposium

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Program Overview

FLYER UROP INTERNATIONAL

 

Research, Course Programs and Leisure Activities

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from top US and Canadian universities and research faculty at our university.
The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide.

UROP International offers undergraduate students the unique chance to conduct their own research project, thus actively experiencing what research is like at an early stage of their academic career. While pursuing their projects, students are mentored and supervised by the excellent research staff of the host institute at RWTH Aachen University.

Besides obtaining research experience, the students participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues. Leisure activities complete their international experience in Germany.

Program Overview

The program‘s duration is ten weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to an intensive German language course and an introduction to research and culture. Weeks 3 to 10 are settled around the research internship in one of the departments of RWTH Aachen University.

Leisure activities will be offered to ensure the students’ integration and exposure to German culture and the international community on campus. All communication will be in English.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate for both their research project and the language class.

The entire program is coordinated by the International Office of RWTH Aachen University, which will assist the students in all administrative matters.

Due to the huge success of the UROP International program, RWTH is doubling the number of research placements available. Now 60 students can take part in the program!

For further information contact:

Dr. Markus Hecker

Research Scientist
Toxicology Centre
University of Saskatchewan, 44 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 5B3

Phone: (306) 966-5233

Email: markus.hecker@usask.ca

"Going to Germany was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did I have the time of my life, but I gained a lot of knowledge, both in and out of the lab. I was able to (somewhat) learn a second language, experience life in another country, and learn cutting edge techniques from world renowned scientists. I also had the opportunity to explore Europe on weekends. I returned from Germany a better scientist and a better person (with a much-improved CV).
Since my return to Canada, I used the knowledge I gained in Germany to solve issues I was having with my undergraduate project. I have also been practicing my German in the hopes of someday becoming fluent. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone and everyone."
                             Allison Hill - Toxicology Centre Undergraduate Student
 
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