Ph.D. Curriculum

A major goal of the graduate programs in Human Toxicology is their flexibility. Students (in consultations with their Advisory Committees) may tailor their course of study to their individual interests and goals within the broad framework that defines the field of toxicology. To assure that all students within the Human Toxicology Program have a common minimal level of training and experience in toxicology, the following minimal requirements are enforced:

All students will be required to successfully complete a first course in toxicology, 175:260 Environmental Toxicology (3 hrs.) or 046:214 Pharmaceutical and Chemical Toxicology (odd years) (3 hrs.), and an advanced course, 175:265 Advanced Toxicology (4 hrs.). All toxicology graduate students are required to register for the toxicology seminar each semester (198:180) and to successfully complete of 650:270 Responsible Conduct in Research (1 hr.) any time within the first two years of graduate study.

A typical sample Ph.D. curriculum is presented below:

Toxicology Ph.D. Sample Curriculum

Year One: Fall Semester
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours




Fundamentals of Gene Expression

Fundamentals of Protein Regulation

 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes

1 hr Pamela Geyer

1 hr Peter J Mohler

1 hr Gloria Lee 

099:120Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I3 hrs Kenneth Murphy
069:133  Introduction to Human Pathology4 hrs
 Elective1 hr
198:180Toxicology Seminar0 hr
  Total: 12
Year One: Spring Semester
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
175:260Environmental Toxicology3 hrs Fuortes/Thorne
099:130Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II3 hrs Many instructors
650:270  Responsible Conduct in Research1 hr Erling Anderson
077:288Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer3 hrs Domann
 Elective2 hrs
198:180Toxicology Seminar0 hr
  Total: 12
Year Two: Fall Semester
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
198:300Thesis/Dissertation2 hrs
175:265   Advanced Toxicology4 hrs Larry Robertson
171:161 Introduction to Biostatistics3 hrs Jacob Oleson
175:197Environmental Health3 hrs Peter S Thorne
198:180Toxicology Seminar0 hr
  Total 12
Year Two: Spring Semester
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
077:222   Free Radicals in Biology & Medicine (odd years)4 hrs Larry Oberley
198:300Thesis/Dissertation2 hrs
171:162Design & Analysis of Biomedical Studies 3 hrs Zhang
 Elective3 hrs
198:180Toxicology Seminar0 hr
  Total 12
Thesis Requirement
198:300Thesis/Dissertation≥ 6 hrs


Elective courses must be chosen to fulfill the minimum Ph.D. degree requirement of 72 semester hours. Students and advisors should select courses most appropriate to the individual student's professional goals. Examples of electives follow:

Fall Semester

  • 046:214 Pharmaceutical and Chemical Toxicology (odd years) 3 hrs
  • 175:252 Environmental Health Policy (odd years) 3 hrs
  • 077:103 Radiation Biology 4 hrs
  • 053:154 Environmental Microbiology 3 hrs
  • 142:220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization 3 hrs
  • 061:279 Bacterial Diversity (odd years) 4 hrs
  • 148:201 Graduate Immunology I 3 hrs
  • 061:267 Graduate Introduction to Animal viruses 3 hrs
  • 127:170 Bioinformatics 3 hrs
  • 132:180 Fundamental Neuroscience 4 hrs

Spring Semester

  • 046:137 Enzymatic Basis of Drug Metabolism (even years) 3 hrs
  • 004:221 Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chem (Gloer) 3 hrs
  • 148:202 Graduate Immunology II 3 hrs
  • 002:171 Molecular Genetics 4 hrs.
  • 046:157 Quantitative Research Methods in Pharmacy (Flanagan/Wurster)
  • 099:140 Experimental Biochemistry 4 hrs.
  • 002:193 Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton 2 hrs
  • 069:270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases 3 hrs
  • 127:191 Human Molecular Genetics     3 hrs
  • 132:246 Developmental Neurobiology (even years) 3 hrs
  • 132:209 Signal Receptors & Transduction 3 hrs
  • 060:218:001   Microscopy for Biomedical Research 3 hrs  
  • 061:260:001   Graduate Microbial Physiology 3 hrs

Total Semester Hours Required for Ph.D. Degree (Minimum): 72 hrs