University Catalog 2023-2024

Toxicology (Minor)

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The minor in Toxicology (formerly known as the (Environmental Toxicology Minor) minor provides undergraduate students with an understanding of how chemicals and physical agents can adversely affect biological systems and the environment. Areas of exploration include the mechanisms of chemically induced toxicity, the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment, and the evaluation of chemical hazards and risks. The Toxicology minor is available to undergraduate students in all majors at NC State University and may be especially appropriate for students majoring in the life sciences, agricultural sciences, physical sciences, natural resources, or science education. Students should be aware that many of the courses in the Toxicology minor have pre-requisites and plan accordingly.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

Students can enroll in the Toxicology Minor after through CODA (in MyPack) after completing TOX 401 with a C or better. All requirements for the minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her major degree program. Students apply to graduate in the minor through MyPack at the same time that they apply to graduate in their major program.


Dr. Elizabeth Ellen Thompson
2202 Toxicology Building

 SIS code: 17ETM

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours.
  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required for all courses taken to fulfill minor requirements, with a 2.0 GPA required in the minor for graduation.
  • No more than one course in the minor can be taken for credit only (S/U).
  • Courses taken for the minor can also be used toward major requirements, GEP Electives, or Free Electives.
  • At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at NC State.
Required Courses
NOTE: Start with TOX 401
TOX 401Principles of Toxicology4
TOX 415Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry4
TOX 400Undergraduate Seminar in Toxicology1
NOTE: Take TOX 400 after you have taken several other courses for the minor.
Foundational Courses
Complete at least 3 credit hours from the following:
AEC 360Ecology4
BIO 414Cell Biology3
CH 220Introductory Organic Chemistry3
CH 221Organic Chemistry I3
GN 311Principles of Genetics4
MB 351General Microbiology3
ST 311Introduction to Statistics3
Elective Courses
Complete at least 6 credit hours from the following: 1
AEC 390Community Ecology3
BIO 416Cancer Cell Biology3
CH 315Quantitative Analysis3
ES 400Analysis of Environmental Issues3
ET 201Environmental Technology Laboratory I1
ET 202Environmental Technology Laboratory II1
ET 301Environmental Technology Laboratory III1
ET 302Environmental Technology Laboratory IV1
ET 310Environmental Monitoring and Analysis3
ET/MEA 320Fundamentals of Air Pollution3
ET 401Environmental Technology Laboratory V1
FS/MB 405Food Microbiology3
GN 456Epigenetics, Development, and Disease3
MEA 323Geochemistry of Natural Waters3
NTR 419Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease3
PRT 203Humans and the Environment3
Total Hours70

Other courses and research experiences may qualify if they involve significant toxicology content; approval by the Coordinator of the Minor is required. Email with course or experience information if you want to make a request.