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 degree program 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. Nazareth is the only college that offers this program in Rochester.

Toxicologists enjoy an excellent job outlook.

Program Highlights

  • Toxicology majors select from three tracks—cellular, organismal, and environmental—to tailor the curriculum to their interests and career plans.
  • Nazareth’s program is one of less than a dozen undergraduate toxicology programs in the country and one of the only programs offered at a small, private liberal arts college.
  • The program is located in Peckham Hall, which houses Nazareth’s state-of-the-art Integrated Center for Math and Science.
  • Students 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

Assistant Professor 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

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Student spotlight

Anne Pysnik '15 researched phytoremediation — using plants to remove toxins — with professors at Nazareth, while studying environmental science and toxicology. She secured a competitive internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, looking into titanium dioxide and tracking tasks for work on the Ebola virus.

Example Careers

  • Government regulatory agencies
  • Public health
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • 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 Biology Majors

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