Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Graduate Study

Graduate Specialization in Environmental Toxicology

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Natural Science, and the College  of Veterinary Medicine administer the Graduate Specialization in Environmental Toxicology.  The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the primary administrative unit.

The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in master's degree programs in the departments of Animal Science, Community Sustainability, Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Geological Sciences, Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and Zoology.  The specialization is designed for students who are interested in combining study in their disciplines with study in environmental toxicology, and in applying their knowledge to solve environmental problems.

A faculty member who is in the department that administers the student's degree program and who is associated with the Specialization in Environmental Toxicology will serve as the student's academic advisor for the specialization.  The academic advisor will assist the student in planning a program of study that is related to the student's interests, capabilities, and professional goals.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master's degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Environmental Toxicology

The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor for the specialization.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Have a grade–point average of at least 3.00 in the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization.  
2. Complete the following courses (6 credits):  
  CSUS 846 Law of Environmental Regulation 3
  PHM 450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicology 3
3. Complete two courses from any of the five categories listed below (6 to 8 credits):  
  Environmental Dynamics  
  CSS 455 Environmental Pollutants in Soil and Water 3
  ENE 481 Environmental Chemistry: Equilibrium Concepts 3
  ENE 801 Dynamics of Environmental Systems 3
Groundwater Hydraulics 3
  GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
  GLG 821 Aqueous Geochemistry 3
  MMG 425 Microbial Ecology 3
  ZOL 897 Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change 4
  Economics, Policy, and Law  
  AFRE 810 Institutional and Behavioral Economics 3
  AFRE 829 Economics of Environmental Resources 3
  CSUS 425 Environmental Impact Assessment 4
  Waste Management        
  ENE 483 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
  ENE 487 Microbiology for Environmental Science and Engineering 3
  ENE 804 Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering 3
  Analytical Chemistry  
  CEM 835 Advanced Analytical Chemistry II 3
  CEM 836 Separation Science 3
  CEM 845 Structure and Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds 3
  Mechanisms of Toxicity  
  ANS 407 Food and Animal Toxicology 3
  BMB 960 Selected Topics in Biochemistry I 3
  FSC 807 Advanced Food Toxicology 3
  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 960 may be counted toward the requirements for the specialization only when the topic deals with environmental toxicology.  
4. Attend a minimum of six seminars in environmental toxicology.