Biomedical Toxicology Major

Biomedical Toxicology

Why Biomedical Toxicology?

This interdisciplinary major provides a strong foundation in the science disciplines relating to toxicology. Improve health and welfare by learning about pharmacology, environmental poisons, industrial chemicals and the impact on living beings. Your knowledge will span fields such as biomedical physiology, nutrition, environmental chemistry, pathology and culminate in your choice of a toxicology research project.

Students in the BTOX program may also be interested in studying Biochemistry, Biological and Pharmaceutical ChemistryBio-Medical Science, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

The Co-op program in Biomedical Toxicology is a five-year program, including four work terms, which helps to provide the hands-on working experience to boost your resume and provide invaluable skills and learning for your future career.

To see all courses offered in the co-op program, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Toxicology From Molecules to Matter

 Engage in Interdisciplinary Studies

Combine studies spanning biomedical science, chemistry, nutrition and disease at the cellular level to better understand mechanisms of toxic action.

 Dose Makes the Poison

Study the in depth dose response relationship across mammalian organs from the molecular to systemic level while learning about toxicological applications.

 Forge Your Toxicology Career

The skills gained in this degree will enable you start your career in product safety, public health, toxicological testing, healthcare and more.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Biomedical Toxicology?

Biomedical Toxicology graduates enjoy challenging careers in medicine and pharmacy, academic research, governmental regulatory work, veterinary sciences, optometry, physiotherapy, non-and-for-profit organizations, or in related business fields. Our biomedical toxicology program provides you with a degree that is truly interdisciplinary, ensuring that upon graduation you have acquired an expertise and proficiency in great demand by employers.

Here are a few careers our graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Physician or veterinarian
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceuticalproduct developer
  • Regulatory toxicologist
  • Toxicology consultant
  • Public health inspector
  • Food technologist
  • Embryologist
  • Forensic scientist
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I chose to major in Biomedical Toxicology at the University of Guelph due to its unique blend of chemistry and biology, providing me with an excellent foundation. At the time, I hadn't made up my mind about pursuing a career in medicine or the environmental sector, and this program seemed to strike the right balance. One standout experience from my academic journey was my enrollment in Analytical Chemistry II. This course not only deepened my understanding of analytical chemistry but also gave me hands-on exposure to advanced laboratory equipment that would have otherwise been inaccessible to me. Additionally, Analytical Chemistry II played a pivotal role in opening doors to co-op opportunities at various labs and firms.

Peter Kim
Biomedical Toxicology

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