There is a pending proposal that beginning fall 2014, Undergraduate Students interested in specializing in toxicology will be admitted to a Molecular Toxicology emphasis in the department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology. Re-formulation of a "major" into an "emphasis" has been undertaken to foster a unifying theme in NST programs under an umbrella of metabolic biology, while continuing to allow for distinct interests (emphases). Required courses for graduating with an emphasis in toxicology will remain the same as with the major, but broader elective options will be encouraged. Students declaring before the end of the 2013/2014 academic year will be grandfathered into the major.
The Molecular Toxicology major focuses on the hazardous and beneficial effects of natural and human-made toxic agents. From industrially produced environmental contaminants and designer drugs to naturally occurring herbs and food products, this field of study applies molecular and computational methods to better understand how these agents interact with living organisms and what should be done to ensure human health and safety.