Pharmacology and Toxicology (BS)

The human body comes into contact with countless chemicals and drugs during the course of a lifetime. ASU’s West campus is proud to offer the Pharmacology and Toxicology program, contributing to the growing study and astounding breakthroughs of how foreign materials react with our bodies. With a heavy focus on experiential learning within the laboratory, graduates of the program are better prepared to obtain careers ranging from clinical research coordinators, to veterinarians, to even governmental roles.

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences offers a BS degree in pharmacology and toxicology in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the West campus of Arizona State University.

This program provides the conceptual foundation for understanding the interactions of chemicals in the biological system. The degree approaches the study of biology and chemistry in an integrative fashion, giving students the breadth and depth to comprehend the physiological, molecular and cellular mechanisms of drug and toxicant action. The degree utilizes experiential learning, and all required core courses have laboratories. Undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty members or in internships outside the school.

Degree Offered

Pharmacology and Toxicology (BS)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of


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Career Outlook

The pharmacology and toxicology degree program prepares students for a number of career paths including:

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

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

  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • city government
  • clinical trials
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • product safety evaluation
  • regulatory affairs
  • teaching

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 Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Water Resource Specialists 3.3%$120,050
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists8.3%$79,930
Molecular and Cellular Biologists -0.4%$74,720

* 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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