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Environmental Toxicology (MS)

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Program Completion Requirements

In addition to six (6) credit hours of EXT 599, a minimum of eight (8) credit hours of elective graduate coursework within your track beyond the credit hours of core coursework are required for the M.S. degree in Environmental Toxicology’s Research Thesis track.

Course Work   Credit Hours
Core courses, including:   21
BLY 515 Ecotoxicology 3, 1 hrs  
CE 579 Fundamentals Environmental Engineering 3 hrs  
CH 514 Environmental Chemistry 3, 1 hrs  
EXT 515 Environmental Toxicology 3 hrs  
GIS 501 Research Integrity 1 hr  
ST 550 Environmental Statistics 3 hrs  
SY 567 Environmental Sociology 3 hrs  
"Research Thesis" track:   14
A Research Thesis on a subject identified jointly by the student and the Advisory Committee. 6 hrs  
Courses in specific areas of concentration 8 hrs  
"Library Research Project" track   14
A Library Research Project on a subject identified jointly by the student and the Advisory Committee. 3 hrs  
Courses in specific areas of concentration 11 hrs  
The "Research Thesis" must be completed either at the University of South Alabama or, upon approval by the Advisory Committee, at a government or industrial laboratory in the area.

Students will choose one of the following areas of concentration:

  • Biology (TXBY)
  • Basic Medical Sciences (TXMS)
  • Chemistry (TXCH)
  • Environmental Engineering (TXEE)
  • Exposure Route/Chemical Transport (TXEC)

The student, his/her advisory committee, and if necessary, members of the Advisory Board will be responsible for designing the curriculum that best fits the student's professional goals. If, in the opinion of the student's committee, the student lacks adequate undergraduate preparation, the student will be required to make up such deficiencies.

Environmental Toxicology website

The University of South Alabama offers an interdisciplinary Masters program in Environmental Toxicology. Students focus on understanding how toxins and/or pollutants affect the health of people, food-webs, and ecosystems. Projects will assess the fate, effects and risks of natural toxins and pollutants using a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates toxicology, environmental chemistry, risk assessment, and ecology.

Students in this program will learn to:

  • evaluate the impact of specific toxins, pollutants, and/or mixtures in the environment
  • perform laboratory and/or field studies to monitor environmental  and evaluate the impacts of toxins/pollutants
  • optimize and/or develop field or laboratory methods to identify and evaluate toxic substances in biota and in the environment
  • evaluate strategies to prevent, mitigate, and/or control and manage toxic substances
  • evaluate policies and regulations used in risk analysis and risk management

Graduates from this program will be able to seek opportunities across multiple employment sectors including academic research, State and Federal Government research and policy, industry, non-governmental organizations, and private consulting and/or environmental monitoring.  Alternatively, students may continue their education by pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Toxicology or related areas (e.g., Marine Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences). In addition, these graduates will be qualified for jobs requiring M.S. degrees in their original areas of concentration. For example, a chemist or a chemical engineer will be better qualified to work in a chemical or pharmaceutical company if, in addition to his/her background in chemistry or engineering, the applicant has training in toxicology to address the environmental impact of specific projects.


Students applying to this program must fulfill all the requirements for admission specified by the Graduate School. Additional requirements include:

  • B.S./B.A. degree from an accredited four-year institution: the program is designed for graduates holding degrees in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering or related fields.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above is required.  Under exceptional circumstances, students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 may be considered.
  • The GRE will be required and will be considered among the admission criteria.
  • In addition, students applying to this program must have completed the following undergraduate courses:
    • Biology (2 semesters)
    • Statistics (1 semester)
    • Calculus (1 semester)
    • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)
    • Biochemistry (1 semester)
  • It is recommended (but not required) that students applying to the program have completed at least 6 credit hours of undergraduate Biochemistry. Those students who have only taken 3 hours of undergraduate biochemistry will have to include an additional 3 hours of graduate Biochemistry among the required courses to complete the program.

Deadline for Application For Environmental Toxicology

Applications are accepted in the Fall semester in each year by the deadlines indicated in the University of South Alabama Bulletin.