How we shine...
Toxicology has been awarded several grants to identify sources of (& reduction of) nonpoint pollution
Recipient of a LA DEQ 2009-2010 Environmental Leadership Award in Educational Leadership
Recipient of a City of Monroe Certificate of Appreciation – Great American Cleanup Day
Following Hurricane Katrina, our graduates at LDEQ participated in assessment and remediation of environmental contaminants
Our program was the first of its kind in the South and currently one of only six nationally
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College of Health & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
About Toxicology...Toxicology is the study of harmful effects of chemicals on people, animals and other living organisms. Most of the good life we have is because we use chemicals properly, including medicines, pesticides and cleaning products. Misunderstanding what chemicals can do sometimes leads to over-exposure and poisoning or, conversely, unnecessary anxiety and fear of chemicals that are relatively harmless when used properly. Toxicologists are the scientists who help decide how much is too much of a good thing.
What you can do with this degree:Clinical Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology, Forensic Science, Industrial Hygiene, Industrial Toxicology, Regulatory Toxicology
What careers have our graduates pursued?Consulting Firms, Crime Labs, Governmental Agencies
Where have our students gone on to graduate school?Graduate Programs in Health and Safety and Biomedical Research
Check out some of our learning opportunities:
- Several internships are available in academic research laboratories, field studies supporting EPA grants, local industries (Graphic Packaging), crime labs, and consulting firms
- Participation in EPA/LDEQ nonpoint source pollution grants involving Bayou Desiard and the Ouachita River Basin
- Toxicity evaluations of environmental degradation products of munitions compounds
- Authorship in peer-reviewed journals and presentations in regional and national scientific meetings
- Participation on a current grant proposal for the Mississippi River Basin Initiative with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, National Resources Conservation Service, and Delta National Research Council
- Provide pro bono expert opinions to The Monroe City Council, Ouachita Parish District Attorney, New Orleans Times Picayune, Louisiana National Guardsmen, NPR, KTVE News, Monroe News-Star, FEMA
Take advantage of online learning.We offer 2 courses online with more in development.
Get involved beyond the classroom:Tau Omicron Chi Toxicology Club, Participation in Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, Storm drain marking and environmental awareness information to surrounding neighborhoods and schools, Ouachita Parish Drinking Water Protection Committee, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, EnviroSchool, LA GEAR-UP (summer camps for high school students), World Water Monitoring Day, Bayou Desiard Cleanup Day, Pollution Prevention Seminars
Student resources includea computer laboratory with internet toxicology database searching and a resource room with reference books, journal articles, and educational videos
Where are our faculty's interests?Our faculty have interests in the evaluation of biochemical and physiological indicators of environmental stress in aquatic organisms, the evaluation of endocrine modulation following exposure to toxicants and subsequent alterations of reproduction in aquatic organisms, Hepatotoxicology, Pulmonary Toxicology, Renal Toxicology, Mechanisms of Toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Hematotoxicity and disturbances in thyroid hormone homeostasis of herbicides and other nitrogenous compounds, National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems Permit Compliance Testing, Good Laboratory Practices, Environmental Safety Etsting, and Risk Assessment of Pharmaceuticals