Biology (Pharmacology/Toxicology), BS

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The Biology program at ASU’s West campus offers a concentration in Pharmacology and Toxicology, studying how foreign materials react with our bodies has been an intense and enduring venture that has yielded astounding breakthroughs and contributions to the medical community.

Are you interested in a discipline that yields astounding breakthroughs and contributions to the medical community? In this program, you can learn how foreign materials react with the human body.


The pharmacology and toxicology concentration of the BS program in biology provides an emphasis in the biochemical, molecular and physiological components of drug and body interactions.

The degree program emphasizes experiential learning, and all required core courses have laboratories. By learning in an integrative environment that emphasizes the connectedness of the disciplines, students gain a better understanding of larger scientific concepts and they can view these concepts from multiple perspectives. To have a thorough understanding of the interactions of chemicals in the biological system, students study both biology and chemistry and become familiar with chemical interactions at physiological, molecular and cellular levels.

Undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty members or in internships outside the school.

At A Glance

Biology (Pharmacology/Toxicology), BS

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Financial Aid
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Career outlook

Graduates are prepared for occupations such as:

  • risk assessor
  • laboratory researcher
  • pharmacist
  • physician
  • physician's assistant
  • veterinarian

Graduates may work in governmental agencies or private companies in areas such as:

  • clinical trials
  • product safety evaluation
  • regulatory affairs
  • teaching

Graduates are also prepared for entry-level employment in the growing field of environmental toxicology as well as for graduate or professional programs in pharmacology and toxicology.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Technicians 10.2%$43,800
Climate Change Analysts 11.1%$69,400
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 11.1%$69,400
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 12.1%$45,490
Family and General Practitioners 14.3%$198,740
Industrial Ecologists 11.1%$69,400
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 11.4%#
Veterinarians 18.8%$90,420

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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