Why Choose Nazareth for Toxicology?

How does what we’re exposed to through our air, water, food, and other sources affect our health? Toxicologists help to answer this question by studying the harmful effects of all types of chemicals on biological systems—humans, animals, and plants—and the environment.

The field continues to grow rapidly due to the vast numbers of new chemicals that enter the market each year through the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and the need for careful government oversight of this process. Many job openings go unfilled, making this a great time to obtain a degree in toxicology.

The toxicology major at Nazareth College provides a strong foundation for students planning to use their bachelor’s degrees to pursue careers in industry, government, and academia as well as those planning to further their education through graduate school in the life sciences. A degree is also excellent preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy school.

Toxicologists enjoy an excellent job outlook.

Program Highlights

  • Select from three tracks—cellular, organismal, and environmental—to tailor the curriculum to your interests and career plans.
  • Nazareth is the only college that offers this program in Rochester.
  • Nazareth is also one of only a dozen undergraduate toxicology programs in the country. It's particularly rare to find such a program at a small, private liberal arts college.
  • The program is located in state-of-the-art Peckham Hall, ranked among the top 20 science labs in the nation by The Princeton Review's 2017 college guide, The Best 381 Colleges.
  • Enjoy small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty, and hands-on research experiences using state-of-the-art technology.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Contact Information

Stephanie M. Zamule

Stephanie M. Zamule

Associate Professor and Director of the Toxicology Program in Biology
Peckham Hall 106

Education: Ph.D., Integrative Biosciences, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S., Biology, Duquesne University

Teaching and Research Interests: Toxicology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, scientific communication, online education. My current research focuses on bioremediation -- exploiting the natural metabolic capabilities of plants and bacteria to degrade pollutants in our environment.

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Alum Spotlight

Mirzi Grace Devolgado '15, microbiologist, Bausch + Lomb

"This program taught me to be reliable, self-sufficient, and intellectually curious, all of which are necessary in the ever-growing field of toxicology. Working with a professor in Nazareth's summer research program allowed me to apply all the knowledge I gained in the classroom to the laboratory setting. My research focused on the ability of bacteria to degrade environmental pollutants such as insecticides."

Example Careers

  • Government regulatory agencies
  • Public health
  • Pharmaceutical and chemical industries
  • Consulting and contract laboratories
  • Academic research laboratories
  • Forensics
  • Health professions (physician, veterinarian, dentist, pharmacist)

Undergraduate Research Topics

  • Phyto- and bioremediation
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Developmental toxicology
  • Gene regulation

Graduate Schools/Employers for Naz Biology or Toxicology alums

  • Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Washington VA Medical Center
  • Bausch + Lomb