Environment & Toxicology Specialist (Science Program) - ASSPE0605

This program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the School of the Environment. For additional information see “School of the Environment” (www.environment.utoronto.ca) or consult our website: www.pharmtox.utoronto.ca.

The Environment and Toxicology Specialist program is an interdisciplinary program which spans the social, physical and life sciences and integrates study of the effects of chemicals not only on the health and behaviour of human beings but on whole ecosystems as the adverse effects associated with therapeutic and environmental chemicals are discussed. This program emphasizes the application of knowledge of environmental toxicology and risk assessment and prepares students for a variety of job opportunities following its completion. Graduates of the Environment and Toxicology program may pursue careers in scientific research, environmental science, conservation science, governmental agencies, consulting agencies, and within chemical, manufacturing or agriculture industries. Students learn to integrate basic environmental and life science with particular aspects of clinical toxicology and related areas through lectures, tutorials, and laboratory and independent research project experience. The senior independent research project course enables students to gain valuable research experience while working under the supervision of an individual faculty member in either a laboratory-based or a non-laboratory-based setting.

The Professional Experience Year (PEY) internship program is a 12-16 month paid employment placement within pharmaceutical/ biotechnology/chemical companies, university research laboratories, university-affiliated organizations, consulting companies or government research agencies. The PEY takes place between the 3rd and 4th years of undergraduate study and is open to Specialists in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology who have a cGPA of at least 3.0. Students who participate in this program agree to return to their SPE program in the Department to complete their 4th year and their degree. The PEY internship provides an excellent opportunity for real-world experience in drug development, project management, client relations, basic and clinical research, information management and regulatory affairs.

Enrolment Requirements: 

The Environment and Toxicology Specialist is a Type 2L program and can only accommodate a limited number of students. Admission into this program is determined by a student’s average in the following courses: BIO120H1, BIO130H1, CHM135H1, CHM136H1 and one  full course equivalent from any of PHY131H1, PHY132H1, MAT135H1, MAT136H1. It is expected that a cumulative average 70% in the selected courses will be required for admission; however, achieving that mark does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year. Entry into the program requires completion of BIO120H1, BIO130H1; CHM135H1, CHM136H1; one FCE from any of PHY131H1, PHY132H1, MAT135H1, or MAT136H1. See the Arts & Science Program Enrolment website for application procedures.

NOTE: Students cannot combine a Biomedical Toxicology Major program with an Environment and Toxicology Specialist program for their degree.

Students who wish to enroll in the program after their second year will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Successful completion of required prerequisite courses is required to enroll in further upper-level program courses.

Completion Requirements: 

(14 full courses or their equivalent, including 4.0 300+-level courses, 1.0 of which must be at the 400-level).

First Year: BIO120H1; BIO130H1; CHM135H1; CHM136H1; and at least 1.0 FCE from PHY131H1; PHY132H1; MAT135H1; MAT136H1

Second Year: BCH210H1; BIO230H1/​ BIO255H1; ENV221H1; ENV222H1, PCL201H1 and CHM247H1. One FCE from ( BIO270H1, BIO271H1)/ ( PSL300H1, PSL301H1) (see NOTE 1)

Third and Fourth Years: BIO220H1; ENV234H1; JGE321H1; ENV334H1; CHM210H1; PCL302H1; PCL362H1; ( PCL482H1, PCL483H1)/ PCL473Y1
One from STA220H1/​ STA221H1/​ STA288H1/​ EEB225H1 (see NOTE 2)
One from ENV421H1/​ PCL367H1/​ PCL474Y1 (see NOTE 2)
At least 1.0 FCE from: ENV341H1; PHY231H1; ENV337H1/​ JEE337H1; CHM310H1; ESS463H1; JPM300H1; PCL477H1; PCL481H1; PCL484H1; PCL486H1; PCL490H1; LMP301H1; LMP363H1 (see NOTE 3)

An Integrative, Inquiry-Based Activity Requirement must be satisfied.

The requirement for an integrative, inquiry-based and/or experiential activity must be met by completing at least one of the following: PCL297H1, PCL367H1, PCL397Y0, ENV421H1, PCL474Y1, Professional Experience Year
1. PSL300H1 and PSL301H1 require MAT100/ PHY100 -series courses.
2. PCL201H1, and PCL302H1 are pre-requisites for students intending to take PCL474Y1. Students intending to take PCL474Y1 must obtain permission from the Undergraduate Student Advisor of the School of the Environment 3 months prior to the intended date of enrolment. Students must also consult with the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at least 3 months prior to the intended date of enrolment.
3. Students taking PCL481H1 must take PCL302H1 and PCL362H1 as prerequisites. Students taking PCL477H1 must take BCH210H1 prior. Students taking ENV421H1 or PCL367H1 must take 1.5 FCE from program electives requirement list of courses to ensure 15 FCE program credits.