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Toxicology

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Toxicology is the study of poisons and pollutants. Toxicology focuses on the harmful effects chemical and physical agents have on living organisms and our environment. The Toxicology Undergraduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan is the only program of its type in western Canada, and the most comprehensive undergraduate toxicology program in the country.

The program allows students to choose from many electives so that they can focus their undergraduate program on specific areas of toxicological knowledge, including biomedical/pharmaceutical toxicology, ecological toxicology, analytical toxicology, forensic toxicology, veterinary toxicology and risk assessment/regulatory toxicology. Graduates with expertise in any of these areas are highly sought after by employers in government, industry, non-governmental organizations, and universities.

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Year 1 courses

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BIOL 120.3 | The Nature of Life
BIOL 121.3 | The Diversity of Life
CHEM 112.3 | General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
CHEM 115.3 | General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
CHEM 250.3 | Introduction to Organic Chemistry


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What will I learn?
  • How toxic substances behave in the body and in the natural environment, how they adversely affect individual organisms, populations and ecosystems, and how to measure these toxicants and their potential effects
  • Types of environmental pollutants and their presence and movement through air, soil, and water and risk assessment and regulation of prescription drugs, pesticides, pollutants and other chemicals
  • You will complete practical, hands-on research experience in laboratory or field studies as well as solving real-life toxicology problems in the capstone course
  • You will have the opportunity to work in the Toxicology Undergraduate Research Experience Program (TUREP) or as a summer research assistant working with toxicology faculty
  • You will have opportunities for international exchange for research in toxicology through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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Year 2 courses

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BIOL 224.3 | Animal Body Systems
BMSC 200.3 | Biomolecules
BMSC 220.3 | Cell Biology
PHYS 115.3 | Physics and the Universe
TOX 200.3 | Poisons and Pollutants


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Year 3 courses

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BIOL 317.3 | Fundamentals of Animal Physiology
CHEM 375.3 | Environmental Chemistry
TOX 300.3 | General Principles of Toxicology
TOX 301.3 | Environmental Toxicology


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Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:

  • Career & Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

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Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Final Year courses

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TOX 400.3 | Quantitative Toxicology
TOX 490.3 | Toxicology Seminar


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Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:

  • Career & Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

Possible destinations

People with a toxicology degree take their knowledge and skills into many different industries and occupations. Some of the career paths listed here require further education and training.


Career paths

  • Aquatic Monitoring Coordinator
  • Contaminated Sites Policy Specialist
  • Environmental Coordinator
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • Field Service Technician
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Compliance Officer
  • Health Safety Environment Coordinator
  • Intermediate Risk Assessor
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Plant Health Department Inspector
  • Radiation Specialist
  • Research Assistant/Associate
  • Residue Scientist
  • Safety Standards Specialist
  • Safety, Health, and Environment Assistant
  • Toxicologist for Hazardous Materials Division
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator
  • Water Quality Specialist

I am involved in numerous scientific societies and associations – as a student presentation judge and mentor - and the contributions coming from the Toxicology Centre's graduates are consistently excellent and highly respected. There is significant investment in the undergraduate and post-graduate programs, but most importantly, there is consistent encouragement and empowerment of students – when they leave their Toxicology program - to follow their paths in various sectors in which toxicologists work.

—Guy Gilron, Senior Environmental Scientist/Principal, Borealis Environmental Consulting

Where do USask alumni work?

  • Banner Environmental Engineering
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Cameco
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Envirotec Services Incorporated
  • Golder
  • Health Canada
  • Integrated Toxicology Solutions LTD
  • Intertek
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Government of Saskatchewan)
  • PotashCorp
  • Prairie Diagnostic Services
  • RCMP
  • Saskatchewan Research Council
  • Syngenta
  • Toxicology Centre
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • VIDO

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"My decision to choose U of S for my studies in Toxicology was motivated by its unique position as one of the leading institutions in Canada offering specialized undergraduate and graduate training in environmental toxicology. The program's interdisciplinary approach, comprehensive skill development, supportive faculty, and diverse collaborative opportunities have been instrumental in shaping my academic and professional trajectory and will undoubtedly guarantee my success in any future endeavours."

—Emily, B.Sc. in toxicology '19, M.Sc. in toxicology '23, current Ph.D student in toxicology

 

"I greatly appreciated the broad and applied nature of course work as well as research projects with opportunities to collaborate with both government research labs as well as industry projects. I still collaborate with many of my peers and faculty from the program to this day. Now as someone who supports the hiring of ecotoxicologists in my team, I continue to be highly impressed by the quality of candidates emerging from the U of S Toxicology program."

—Sarah, M.Sc. in toxicology '05, Ph.D. in toxicology '08

"Unlike larger, more mainstream programs, the undergraduate toxicology program is small and intimate, fostering a strong sense of closeness among its students."

—Chantel, Bachelor of Science in toxicology '23