Master's of Science in Applied Toxicology

The 15-month Applied Toxicology track was developed for students looking for training in the practice of toxicology to compete for jobs in private industry, federal, state or local government agencies, or academic institutions that require an MS degree. The track includes a requirement for student to participate in Field Studies at a training site during the summer quarter of their first year (e.g., Region 10 EPA, NOAA, Public Health, Seattle King County Environmental Health Division, Veritox, local biotechnology companies) under faculty supervision.

The course requirements for the 5 quarter-15 month track include 18 credits of core courses, 18 or 19 credits of required courses, 15 credits related to field studies and program project and 9 credits of electives for a total of 60/61 credits (download PDF below for typical schedule).

Accepted students who have not taken an undergraduate biochemistry course will be asked to make up this deficiency prior to entering the program. One option that will be available to students is an on-line biochemistry course offered by the University of New England Online College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Upon entry, students will be advised by the Applied Toxicology degree leader. The faculty member will guide the students during their initial quarter and will help them in their selection of a faculty advisor for their MS Field Studies project. Students will be expected to choose a faculty advisor by the end of winter quarter, so they can begin to develop their Field Studies proposal during spring quarter. The Field Studies proposal will be developed by the student with guidance from the faculty advisor, a second UW Graduate faculty member, and a designated on-site supervisor from the location of the Field Studies. This team will constitute the student’s MS Supervisory Committee. The project proposal will detail the responsibilities of the student and each member of the Supervisory Committee for the scope of work for the Field Studies as well as the development of the Final Report for the project. The Final Report will be submitted to the Supervisory Committee during Autumn Quarter after the summer Field Studies have been completed. Upon acceptance of the Final Report by the Supervisory Committee, the student will conduct a presentation and defense of the project similar to a thesis defense. It is anticipated that the presentation and defense of the project will be completed during the second Autumn Quarter in the program

Typical Schedule for the Applied Toxicology MS Degree (PDF download)