Biology (Pharmacology/Toxicology) (BS)

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. 

In order to have a thorough understanding of the interactions of chemicals in the biological system, students in the program will study both biology and chemistry, and be familiar with chemical interactions at physiological, molecular, and cellular levels.

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.

Degree Offered

Biology (Pharmacology/Toxicology) (BS)
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Career Outlook

The bachelor's degree program in biology with a concentration in pharmacology and toxicology prepares students for occupations such as:

  • environmental toxicologist
  • 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 Technicians5.2%$41,290
Climate Change Analysts 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 9.5%$42,190
Family and General Practitioners10.2%$180,180
Industrial Ecologists 10.7%$66,250
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists8.3%$79,930
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 14.9%#

* 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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