Pharmacology and Toxicology, BS

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ASU’s West campus offers the Pharmacology and Toxicology degree. 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.

Every day the human body comes into contact with countless chemicals that can affect the body with both positive and negative results. In this laboratory-focused program, you learn the molecular basis for these chemicals and how drugs, legal and illegal, can affect cells, organs and organisms.


Students in the BS program in pharmacology and toxicology study how foreign materials react with human bodies. To have a thorough understanding of the interactions of chemicals in the biological system, students in the program study both biology and chemistry, and they become familiar with chemical interactions at physiological, molecular and cellular levels.

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Pharmacology and Toxicology, BS

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Career outlook

With a heavy focus on experiential learning within the laboratory, graduates of the pharmacology and toxicology degree program are better prepared to obtain careers in diverse areas such as government, industry, health care and business. The pharmacology and toxicology degree program prepares students for a number of career paths including:

  • environmental risk assessor or consultant
  • laboratory researcher
  • pharmacist
  • physician
  • physician's assistant
  • toxicologist
  • 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
  • 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 15.2%$78,240
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9%$118,970
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Molecular and Cellular Biologists8%$76,690
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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