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Toxicology, Bachelor of Science

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Toxicologists have the critical responsibility of keeping the public safe from harmful substances found in food, the environment, drugs and other sources. Through research, frequent testing and data collection, toxicologists can help protect and improve the lives of millions.

Offered through St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the
128­credit Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Toxicology provides students with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of the profession.  Graduates will be prepared for roles in research and applied aspects of toxicology including biomedical, analytical, occupational and environmental toxicology. The program also qualifies graduates for careers in risk assessment and public health, while strengthening their ability to contribute as citizens as well as scientists. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for toxicologists are expected to grow by 8 percent throughout the next decade.

Program Contact 
Sue Ford, Ph.D, DABT
Director, Toxicology Program
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall Rm305
(718) 990-6220
[email protected]


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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


Career Outcomes

The program will prepare graduates to:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental competency in applied areas of toxicology: biomedical, occupational, regulatory, risk analysis
  • Perform laboratory exercises using modern techniques and equipment
  • Explain the missions of federal agencies involved in advancement of public health related to chemical exposure (EPA, FDA, CPSC, OSHA, etc.)
  • Communicate risk effectively through oral presentations, written communication, poster presentations, and web presentation

Global Approach to Education

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.

Additional Information

Students who excel may apply in their junior year for admission to the BS/MS program, which allows them to take graduate courses in their senior year which can be applied to the master’s degree in toxicology at St. John’s.

Students in the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Toxicology at St. John's benefit from outstanding academic, technological and pre­ professional resources.

St. Albert Hall, home to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on
the Queens campus, features recently renovated, ultramodern science labs. Students have full access to St. John's 40,000­square­foot Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center.  The Center also provides outstanding placement opportunities, symposiums and seminars.

Every year undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to present their research at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ annual Toxicology Expo as well as other symposiums and conferences.

Toxicology students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's, including Tau Omega Chi (TOX), the student toxicology club.  Activities of toxicology students and faculty are highlighted in the program newsletter.

Campus facilities include high­tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million­volume Library. Our D'Angelo Center is a five­story, 127,000­square­ foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full­service food court.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.