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

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Alum Spotlight

Melissa Wilkinson '17, doctoral student, Rutgers University

Toxicology and biology alum Melissa Wilkinson '17 is motivated to prevent toxic substances from hurting people. She had strong research experiences during college — including using high-tech equipment on campus that's typically off limits to undergrads at other colleges, and as a full-time, paid summer intern at Pacific Northwest Marine Sciences Laboratory in Washington. She went on for a tuition-waived doctorate in toxicology at Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Wilkinson hopes to work in science policy and was accepted as an Eagleton Fellow at Rutgers, working in the state legislature and advising on science policy. "If you're looking for small, close-knit, and a lot of opportunities that you might not get as an undergraduate somewhere else, then this is the place for you," she said of Nazareth.

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)

Nazareth Undergraduate Research Topics

  • Bioremediation
  • Lead assessment
  • Water quality

Nazareth Internships

  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Monroe County Health Department
  • Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office

Nazareth Alums' Employers

  • Bausch and Lomb
  • Baldwin Richardson Foods

Nazareth Alums' Graduate Schools

MEDICAL

  • St. George's University School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

PHARMACY

  • St. John Fisher School of Pharmacy

NURSING

  • University of Rochester School of Nursing

DOCTORATE

  • Rutgers University
  • University of Louisville

MASTER'S

  • University of Rochester