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Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science, Toxicology and Chemistry Emphasis, BS

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The Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry emphasis offers students an integrated interdisciplinary science curriculum and a disciplinary approach towards understanding the complex interactions of xenobiotics (drugs, toxins, and natural compounds) in the biosphere, including humans. This challenging curriculum is designed for students interested in careers in pharmacy, toxicology, and environmental chemistry (disciplines that overlap with each other) and to make students highly competitive for graduate programs in these areas. Faculty in the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Pharmacy teach discipline-specific courses in the curriculum.

Students in this program are required to successfully design and complete independent scientific research projects, where they work with faculty in Pacific University’s School of Natural Sciences and School of Pharmacy. In addition students are required to take discipline- specific courses that cover important concepts in pharmacology, toxicology and environmental chemistry (i.e. drug metabolism, dose response curves, chemical behavior in environmental compartments, target organ toxicity).


Program Length

Four years for a complete BS degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Synthesize and apply concepts from multiple sub-disciplines in environmental chemistry and toxicology.
  • Use technical and analytical skills to quantify the level and effects of xenobiotics in environmental compartments (air, water, soil, biota).
  • Identify relationships between chemical/drug exposure and effects on physiological systems and design strategies for study of dose-response relationships.
  • Effectively understand and convey scientific material from peer-reviewed sources.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing in accordance with disciplinary standards.
  • Conduct an individual research project within the university or other appropriate setting.

Baccalaureate Degree Core

Baccalaureate Degree Core Requirements   

Complete Either Group I or Group II

Group I (Toxicology/Pharmacy)

Take two of the following courses:

Group II (Environmental Chemistry)

Take these courses:

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