The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Molecular toxicology program

Molecular toxicology emphasis area in MCIBS
rack of test tubes


Image shows the binding site of an hydrocarbon molecule in the aryl hydrocarbon receptorThe Molecular Toxicology emphasis area focuses on investigating how, why, and when chemicals cause harm to life-such as affecting cellular and molecular processes leading to cancer. To achieve this goal, in addition to specialized coursework, students conduct original research in collaboration with a faculty mentor into the interaction between living systems and chemicals.



students choose one course with a quantitative basis plus 9 credits of courses from the list below

  • STAT 401                 Experimental Methods

  • BMB 464                  Molecular Medicine

  • BMB 400                  Molecular Biology of the Gene

  • BIOL 472                  Mammalian Physiology

  • BIOL 426                  Developmental Neurobiology

  • BIOL 469                  Neurobiology

  • BIOL 470                  Functional and Integrative Neuroscience

  • BMMB 541               Molecular Biology of Animal Development

  • MICRB 410               Principles of Immunology

  • NEURO 501              Seminars in Neuroscience

  • NEURO 512              Comparative Neuroanatomy

  • NEURO 520              Cell and Molecular Neuroscience

  • VB SC 430                Principles of Toxicology

  • VB SC 432                Advanced Immunology

  • VB SC 433                Molecular and Cellular Toxicology

  • VB SC 511                Molecular Immunology

  • VB SC 520                Pathobiology

  • VB SC/IBIOS 530      Regulation of Gene Expression by Xenobiotics

  • VB SC 532               Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology

  • VB SC 534               Current Topics in Cancer Research 

Elective courses in statistics and physiology are especially encouraged