When and how do I declare my major as Toxicology?

Students are encouraged to choose a major by the end of their first year or during their second year. Although you can choose your major at any time in their program, it is beneficial to declare Toxicology as your major in your 2nd year so that you can plan your specific Toxicology program requirements for your 3rd and 4th years. You will also be able to take advantage of opportunities and events only open to Toxicology majors.

You can declare your major as Toxicology through your PAWS account, Arts and Science Channel, Student Academic Services, Verify/Set your Major and Degree, "click here to change it".

What toxicology courses can I take during my degree program?

You will be able to take courses that cover a wide range of toxicological topics, where you will learn about basic and applied toxicology and related areas through lectures, tutorials, and class discussions/debates.

TOX 200.3      Poisons and Pollutants 

TOX 302.3      Introduction to Aquatic Toxicology

TOX 310.3      Radiation and Radionuclide Toxicology

TOX 320.3      Inhalation and Environmental Toxicology of Air Pollutants

TOX 321.3      Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology

TOX 402.3      Systemic Toxicology

TOX 403.3      Biotoxins

TOX 405.3       21st Century Methods in Toxicology

TOX 412.3      Toxicology of Industrial Pollutants

TOX 461.3      Applied Toxicology

TOX 480.3      Toxicology Research (or TOX 481.6 Toxicology Research)

TOX 498.3      Special Topics

BIOL 475.3      Ecological Toxicology

GEOG 386.3   Environmental Impact Assessment

EVSC 421.3    Contaminated Site Management and Remediation

When and how do I apply for B.Sc. Honours?

Formal admission to an Honours Program is considered upon application. You must have successfully completed at least 60 credit units (usually 2 full years of courses) with a Cumulative Weighted Average of at least 70% overall and at least 70% in the subject or subjects of Honours.

The application for Honours is available on the Arts & Science website (https://artsandscience.usask.ca/), under Academics, under Student Requests. Once you select “Honours Application”, you can log in to complete the form.

The deadline for application is May 31. Students will be notified by e-mail during the summer.

What hands-on learning opportunities can I take advantage of as a Toxicology major?

  1. The Toxicology Undergraduate Research Experience Program (TUREP) was created to provide more of our undergraduate students with practical, hands-on experience in toxicology research - especially in earlier years of their academic program. Students are employed up to 8 hours per week during one academic term, either Fall (Term 1) or Winter (Term 2). The TUREP is open Toxicology Undergraduate Program Majors only. Students must therefore have formally declared their major prior to applying.
  2. Toxicology Research (TOX 480.3 or 481.6) is a senior level course where students will work on a toxicology research project (usually laboratory- or field-based) under the supervision of a faculty member from the Toxicology Group. This course can be taken as credit as part of a student’s formal academic program. Students are introduced to the scientific process and will gain first-hand experience with writing of a research proposal, a literature search and review, and the collection, display, and analysis of scientific data.
  3. There are often opportunities to work as an Undergraduate Research Assistant with a Toxicology faculty member. Research assistantships are paid positions which often take place during the spring and summer months. Student assistants are directly involved in conducting research and generating data, in the lab or field, often as part of a larger team. These students may go on to co-author a manuscript or paper, create a poster and showcase it in a symposium, or give presentations.

What can I do with a major in Toxicology?

Graduates of our B.Sc. Toxicology program often pursue further education and training in professional programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy. Graduates have also gone on to jobs in environmental consulting and research centers, in government, as well as in the agricultural, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Many students have furthered their research training through Toxicology-related graduate degree programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) at the University of Saskatchewan, other universities in Canada or internationally.