MS in Applied Toxicology
About the Master of Science in Applied Toxicology
The 15-month Applied Toxicology degree option 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 course requirements for this 5 quarter-15 month track include 19 credits of core courses, 25 credits of required courses, and 15 credits related to field studies and culminating project for a total of 59 minimum credits.
In addition to course requirements, this degree option requires students 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, and local biotechnology companies) under faculty supervision.
Upon entry, students will be advised by the Applied Toxicology degree group 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 project. 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, outline the scope of work of the project, and provide a timeline for the development of the final project report. The final report will be submitted to the Supervisory Committee in 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 that same autumn quarter.
Application and Admission Information
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 is available to students is an on-line biochemistry course offered by the University of New England Online College of Graduate and Professional Studies.