Prerequisites and Core Curriculum to Complete Ph.D. and M.S. degrees

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Recommended Prerequisites for Entrance into the Graduate Toxicology Major

The prerequisites include an undergraduate degree in a relevant area of study; for example, chemical engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, ecology, entomology, food science and technology, microbiology, nutritional science, zoology, or veterinary medicine. Minimum undergraduate coursework should include the following or their equivalent: 1 year of college mathematics, including calculus; 1 year of inorganic chemistry with quanitative analysis; 1 course in physics; 1 year of organic chemistry; 2 years of biological sciences including 1 course in physiology. Other courses that are considered desirable in the undergraduate preparation include: biochemistry, physical chemistry, qualitative analysis, and some specialized courses such as histology or advanced physiology.

Core Curriculum for Interdepartmental Toxicology at Iowa State University

Ph.D. students take these courses:

  • Tox 689 Seminar every fall and spring (does not need to be on your POS)
  • TOX 501 (offered in the fall)
  • TOX 502 (offered every other spring 2018, 2020)
  • TOX 504 (Toxicology Seminar) twice (pdf)
  • 7 additional credits in toxicology (see list at bottom of this page)
  • BBMB 404 Biochemistry I (offered in-class fall; on-line fall, spring and summer)
  • BBMB 405 Biochemistry II (offered in-class spring; on-line fall, spring and summer)
  • 2 additional credits in BBMB (biochemistry) from 500 or 600 level BBMB coures
  • 3 graduate credits in a physiology, histology, or pathology course
  • STAT 401 (renumbered STAT 587)
  • STAT 402
  • Either GRST 565 or Vet Path 554.
  • At least 10 research credits (Tox 699 or Tox 697)
  • Courses as directed by your POS committee
  • Total credits required is 72 credits
  • Although you will be required to take four courses that are 400 level; only three of these courses will count towards the 72 credits required. On your POS form you will need to represent one of these courses as a "Z".

M.S. students take:

  • Tox 689 Seminar every fall and spring (does not need to be on your POS)
  • Toxicology 501
  • Toxicology 502
  • Toxicology 504, taken one time
  • 3 additional credits in TOX courses. (see list at bottom of this page)
  • Biochemistry 404
  • Biochemistry 405
  • STAT 401 (being renumbered STAT 587)
  • Either GRST 565 or Vet Path 554
  • At least 3 research credits (Tox 699 or TOX 697)
  • Courses as directed by your POS committee
  • Total credits required is 30 credits
  • Only three 400 level courses will count towards the required 30 credits.

Minor

Ph.D. Students Minoring in Toxicology

M.S. Students Minoring in Toxicology

Table of Required Coursework

Required Coursework Master of Science
(Credit hours)
Doctor of Philosophy
(Credit hours)
Biochemistry (BBMB 404, BBMB 405) 6 8
Statistics (STAT 587(401), STAT 402) 4 7
Toxicology 501 and 502 6 6
Toxicology Seminar, Tox 504 1 2
Additional TOX Courses 3 7
Physiology or Pathology 0 3
Scientific Ethics 1 1
Toxicology Seminar 689 R R
Core 21 34
Other 9 38
Total 30 credit hours 72 credit hours

 

This is a listing of courses that are available to meet the "additional credits in Toxicology" for your Ph.D.(7) or M.S.(3)degree.

  • Tox 419 Foodborne Hazards, Alternative Spring, 2014, 3 credits
  • Tox 420 Food Microbiology, Fall, 3 credits
  • Vet Path 503, Principles of Pathology, Spring, 3 credits
  • STAT 505 Environmental Statistics, Alternative Spring, 2016, 3 credits
  • Tox 506X Diet and Cancer prevention, Alternative Fall, 2014, 1 credit
  • Tox 515 Regulatory Toxicology, Alternative Fall, 2014, 1 credit
  • Tox 519 Food Toxicology, Alternative Fall, 2014, 3 credits
  • VDPAM 521X Risk Benefits Science & Policy Food Safety: RiskLite, 3 credits
  • Tox 526 Veterinary Toxicology, Spring, 3 credits
  • BMS 538 Principles of Physiology, Fall, 4 credits
  • BMS 539 Principles of Pharmacology, Spring, 4 credits
  • BCB 544 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, 4 credits
  • Tox 529 Foodborne Toxicants, Alternative Fall, 2011, 2 credits li> Tox 544
  • Tox 546 Clinical and Diagnostic Toxicology, Fall, Spring, Summer, DVMs only, 1-3 credits
  • Tox 550 Pesticides in the environment, Spring, 2 credits
  • Tox 554 General Pharmacology, Spring, 3 credits
  • Tox 565 Methods of Biostatistics, Alternative Fall, 2015, 3 credits
  • Tox 570 Risk Assement Food, Agriculture, Veterinary, Alternative Fall 2015, 3 credits
  • Tox 575 Cell Biology, Fall, 3 credits
  • ENT 590I Toxicology, Alternative Fall, 2014, 1 credit
  • BCB 590 Applying Computational Methods to Biological Research, offered Spring 2015 1 to 3 credits.
  • Tox 626 Advanced Food Microbiology, Alternative Spring, 2015, 3 credits
  • Tox 627 Rapids Methods in Food Microbiology, Alternative Spring, 2016, 3 credits
  • Tox 656 Cellular and Molecular Pathology II, Alternative Spring 2016, 3 credits
  • Tox 675 Insecticide Toxicology, Alternative Fall, 2015, 3 credits.

     

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