Type: 
Major
Level: 
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus
Department: 
Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

The Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology provides students with a fundamental knowledge of toxicology that prepares them for responsible positions in research and development, academia, government, professional services, or research foundations.

The graduate faculty includes scientists with special interest in application of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, pathology, neuroscience, immunology and ecology to problems in toxicology. The concentration in neurotoxicology is an interinstitutional alliance with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Students will be affiliated with and advised by associated faculty.

For the MAg, MS, and PhD degrees, students are required to take a core curriculum plus elective courses connected with their particular area of specialization. In addition to completing appropriate course work, students will undertake a thesis research project related to some aspect of toxicology. Participation in the seminar program (a one-hour per week seminar) is mandatory.

Minimal prerequisites for admission include one year each of biology, organic chemistry, physics, and statistics. Students who do not meet all of these requirements may be admitted if their academic record is otherwise outstanding.

Learning Outcomes: 

As a result of successfully completing the requirements toward the Ph.D., students shall: (a) produce and defend an original significant contribution to knowledge, (b) demonstrate mastery of subject material, and (c) be able to conduct scholarly activities in an ethical manner.

As a result of successfully completing the requirements toward the M.S., students shall: (a) produce and defend an original significant contribution to knowledge, (b) demonstrate mastery of subject material, and (c) be able to conduct scholarly activities in an ethical manner.

These general program outcomes are further delineated with the following specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLO).

Outcome 1:  Substantive Knowledge in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.Students will acquire substantive general knowledge of current understanding, emerging issues and trends within the fields of environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology and molecular toxicology. (Applies to non-thesis MS, thesis MS and PhD.)             

Outcome 2: Analysis of Scientific Literature. Students will acquire the skills necessary to thoroughly research a discipline-specific topic within the published scientific literature, including: (A) the ability to identify important hypotheses, theories, controversies, and seminal works describing the current state-of-the science on a specific topic, and (B) critically analyze scientific methods, results and conclusions. (Applies to non-thesis MS, thesis MS and PhD.)

(C) In addition, students will be able to identify knowledge gaps and potential future research needed to advance a specific discipline. (Applies to PhD.)

Outcome 3: Communication Skills. Students will be able to clearly communicate scientific concepts, hypotheses, results and interpretations in both written (A) and oral (B) form. (Applies to non-thesis MS, thesis MS and PhD.)

Outcome 4: Capstone/Thesis Project. Students will demonstrate (A) the ability to design discipline-specific scientific research that if implemented would produce valid, tangible results. (Applies to non-thesis MS, thesis MS and PhD.)

Students will (B) complete independent, original, discipline-specific scientific research that produces valid, tangible results, and (C) accurately interpret the results from this research. (Applies to thesis MS and PhD.)

Students will (D) complete a high-quality thematic research paper (non-thesis). (Applies to non-thesis MS.)

Students will complete and successfully defend a high-quality (E) (Applies to thesis MS.) or publication-quality (F) (Applies to PhD.) thesis describing the research conducted by the student.

Outcome 5: Ethics and Responsible Conduct. Students will demonstrate high ethical and professional standards and responsible conduct in research, including fulfilling all requirements for human subjects, use of animals in research, conflict of interest, data processing, and data reporting. (A). (Applies to non-thesis MS, thesis MS and PhD.)