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Toxicology, Bachelor of Science

Our toxicology degree is a STEM program examining the effects of chemicals on human health and the environment.

Toxicology is concerned with understanding the harmful effects of chemicals on human health and the environment.  It is an interdisciplinary field that integrates biology, chemistry, medicine, and physiology to make a safer world.

St. John’s University is proud to have created the first toxicology bachelor’s degree with over 50 years of experience guiding students into successful professional occupations.

The St. John’s Toxicology program is a 4-year science degree that includes both the chemical and biological sciences as well as our specialty toxicology courses.  Our program includes an automatic minor in chemistry and prepares students for leadership roles in toxicology, research, medicine, public health, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and numerous other possibilities.  In addition to foundational science knowledge, students acquire communication and analytical skills to enable them to use their toxicology expertise to promote the safety of all communities and the environment.

In addition to the bachelor’s degree at St. John’s, we have programs leading to post-graduate toxicology training, including BS/MS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees. There is a great need for toxicologists.  Our graduates have launched careers in government agencies (CDC, FDA, EPA, health departments), cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, as well as clinical, forensic, and environmental laboratories.  The program is an excellent foundation for medical and dental schools and other health professions.

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Degree Type
Area of Interest
Nursing, Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Associated Colleges or Schools
Program Location
  • Queens Campus
Required Credit Hours

Careers in Toxicology

Risk Assessment - Industry

-Chemical Companies
-Personal Care Products
-Cleaning Agents
-Building Materials

Risk Assessment- Government

-Local and federal environmental agencies (eg. EPA)
-Occupational Health
-Consumer Product Safety
-Food and Drug Administration

Toxicology Research

-Analytical (Environmental and Forensic)
-Quality Assurance
-Government agencies

Department Contact

Dr. Ford is the Director of the Toxicology Program. She can answer questions about the curriculum, activities, and career opportunities.

Sue M. Ford, PhD, DABT

Program Director

St. Albert Hall, Room 305

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A STEM Program with a Difference

St. John’s Toxicology Program is an INTERDISCIPLINARY program in which students receive a solid background in the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and applied sciences (biochemistry, pharmacology, anatomy & physiology).  In addition, students receive a comprehensive education in the field of TOXICOLOGY taught by expert faculty.  

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An Innovative Program

We were the first to offer this degree and have educated students for over 50 years.

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More Than Just Lectures

Our students have many opportunities for extracurricular activities and professional development.

Featured Faculty

The scientists who teach toxicology at St. John’s are experts in the field.  They are members of professional societies in toxicology with leadership roles.

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Year 1


ENG 1000CEnglish Composition3
CHE 1210/11/12General Chem I/Lab/Rec5
MTH 1250CStatistical Applications for Pharmacy/Allied Health3
HIS 1000CEmergence of Global Society3
DNY 1000CDiscover NY3


ENG 1100 CLiterature in a Global Context3
MTH 1260CCalculus Applications for Pharmacy/Allied Health3
CHE 1220/21/22Gen Chem 2/Lab/Rec5
BIO 2000Fundamentals of Biology3
BIO 1211Fundamentals of Biology Lab1
TOX 1101Perspectives in Toxcology1

Year 2


CHE 2230/31Organic Chemistry 1 & Lab5
PHY 1610/11/12College Physics I/ Lab/Rec4
PHS 3103Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Allied Health)3
PHS 3104A&P lab1
TOX 2403Current Issues in Toxicology3


CHE 2240/41Organic Chem 2 & Lab5
PHY 1602/21/22Coll. Physics II/Lab/Rec4
PHS 3105Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Allied Health)3
PHI 1000CPhilosophy of the Human Person3
THE 1000CPerspectives on Christianity3

Year 3


THE 2xxxTheology 2XXX3
TOX 1401Molecular Toxicogenomics3
TOX 1402Molecular Toxicogenomics Lab1
TOX 3405Principles of Toxicology I4
PHI 2200/2240Ethics or Medical Ethics3
PHS 3101Pathology & Clinical Laboratory Data/ Allied Health3


PHS 2201Biopharmaceutical Chemistry4
PHS 2301Biomedical Lab 11
TOX 3406Principles of Toxicology II4
PHS 3509Intro. Pharmacology2
Soc SciencePsych, soc, or anthro3
THE 3xxxTheology 3000-level elective3

Year 4


TOX 4404Pharmacologic Toxicology4
TOX 4405Pharmacotoxicology Lab & Lab Animal Certification1
TOX 4413Analytical and Quantitative Toxicology3
TOX 4414Analytical and Quantitative Toxicology LAB2
LAC 1000C or languageLanguage and Culture or 2 semesters of a language3
PHS 3951elective researchopt
 graduate course/ other electiveopt


TOX 4412Regulatory Toxicology & Risk Analysis4
TOX 4403Toxicology Colloquium4
Fine Arts/Music or Language 2Art/Music or 2 semesters of a language3
PHIL 3000CMetaphysics3
PHS 3952elective researchopt
 graduate course/ other electiveopt

Total Credits



      For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

      Admission Office - Queens Campus
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