Your complete guide to a bachelor's in Toxicology

Everything you need to know about studying a bachelor's in Toxicology

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Toxicology studies the negative effects of chemicals on different living organisms, with special attention given to how they affect humans. Toxicologists investigate, interpret and communicate how these effects take place and provide the necessary information for implementing protection measures. The quantity of a chemical substance in an organism can make the difference between making it toxic or harmless for the organism and Toxicology is highly focused on the notion of substance dosage.

Specialised Toxicology degrees analyse the noxious effects of drugs and industrial chemicals, and teach how to avoid and treat toxicity.

Toxicology is a highly interdisciplinary field connecting knowledge from Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and Environmental Science. In addition to a high focus on research, Toxicology also focuses on risk assessment and management for consumer products, to safeguard public health. Other responsibilities may include making sure working environments are safe for employees.

Based on diverse chemical and biological aspects of substances, Toxicology studies offer various specialized sub-disciplines such as neuro-toxicology, aquatic toxicology, chemical toxicology, environmental toxicology, forensic toxicology, and medical toxicology. Toxicology studies usually have a high research focus.

Toxicology graduates are frequently employed in industry, academia and regulatory institutions in fields such as forensics, healthcare, pharmaceutical sciences, environmental health, the regulatory sector, education, and more.

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Universities Location U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2018)
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 1
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 2
University of California, San Diego San Diego, United States 3
University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, United States 4
University of Washington Seattle, United States 5
University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark 6
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 7
UCL London, United Kingdom 8
Stanford University Stanford, United States 9
Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden 10
Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands 11
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, United States 12
University of Toronto Pickering, Canada 13
Monash University Clayton, Australia 14
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 15
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 16
Duke University Durham, United States 17
Seoul National University Anyang, South Korea 18
University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom 19
KU Leuven Brussels, Belgium 20
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 21
Leiden University Leiden, Netherlands 22
Imperial London, United Kingdom 23
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 24
University of Queensland Saint Lucia, Australia 24
Peking University Beijing, China 26
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, United States 27
Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden 28
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 29
Vanderbilt University Nashville, United States 30
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 31
The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 32
King's College London London, United Kingdom 33
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 34
Sorbonne University Paris, France 35
Freie Universität Berlin Berlin Steglitz, Germany 36
Fudan University Shanghai, China 36
Emory University Atlanta, United States 38
University of Utah Salt Lake City, United States 39
University of Sao Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 41
University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 42
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States 43
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 44
UCLouvain Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 45
University of Paris Sud Orsay, France 46
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China 47
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 48
Rutgers University New Brunswick, United States 49
Ghent University Ledeberg, Belgium 50
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 51
University of Florida Gainesville, United States 52
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 53
Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, South Korea 53
University of Kansas Lawrence, United States 53
University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland 56
Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China 57
University of Geneva Genève, Switzerland 58
Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands 59
Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich München, Germany 59
University of Basel Basel, Switzerland 61
University of Liverpool Liverpool, United Kingdom 62
The Ohio State University Upper Arlington, United States 63
Heidelberg University Heidelberg, Germany 64
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, United States 64
University of Porto Porto, Portugal 64
University of Tübingen Tübingen, Germany 67
University of Wisconsin Madison Madison, United States 68
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shatin, Hong Kong (SAR) 69
University of Paris Paris, France 69
Columbia University New York City, United States 71
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 71
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 73
The University of Milan Sesto San Giovanni, Italy 74
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 75
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 76
China Medical University Taichung, Taiwan 77
King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 78
Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) Tehran, Iran 79
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, United States 80
Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main, Germany 81
University of California, Davis Davis, United States 82
Northeastern University Boston, United States 83
University of Maryland Baltimore Baltimore, United States 84
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Mainz, Germany 85
King Abdulaziz University Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 86
University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands 86
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 88
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 88
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 90
University of Naples Federico II Naples, Italy 90
Medical University of Vienna Vienna, Austria 92
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Berlin, Germany 93
McGill University Montréal, Canada 94
University of Kentucky Lexington, United States 94
University of Zurich Zürich, Switzerland 94
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 97
Sapienza University of Rome Roma, Italy 98
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 98
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 100
Yale University New Haven, United States 100
Radboud University Nijmegen - Summer School Nijmegen, Netherlands 102
Humboldt University Berlin Berlin, Germany 104
Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark 105
Baylor College of Medicine Houston, United States 106
Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, United States 106
Sichuan University Chengdu, China 108
University of Florence Florence, Italy 109
Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan 110
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, United States 111
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 111
University of Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom 113
Autonomous University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 114
Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 115
Trinity College Dublin Dublin, Ireland 115
University of Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal 115
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) Athens, Greece 118
Complutense University of Madrid Madrid, Spain 119
University of Bonn Bonn, Germany 119
The University of Iowa Iowa City, United States 119
University of Chicago Chicago, United States 122
University at Buffalo Buffalo, United States 123
Wayne State University Detroit, United States 124
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 125
Aix-Marseille University Marseille, France 126
University of Würzburg Würzburg, Germany 126
Chang Gung University Banqiao, Taiwan 128
Charles University Prague, Czech Republic 129
Shandong University Jinan, China 129
University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand 129
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 132
University of Bern Bern, Switzerland 133
University of Mississippi Oxford, United States 134
Cardiff University Cardiff, United Kingdom 135
Tohoku University Sendai-shi, Japan 135
Kyung Hee University Seoul, South Korea 137
Mahidol University Sam Phran, Thailand 138
University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand 138
University of Oslo Oslo, Norway 140
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Germany 141
Tufts University Medford, United States 141
University of Texas at Austin Austin, United States 143
New York University New York City, United States 144
Jamia Hamdard New Delhi, India 145
Nanjing Medical University Nanjing, China 146
Soochow University Taipei, Taiwan 147
University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 148
University of Eastern Finland Kuopio, Finland 149
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 150
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 151
University of South Florida Tampa, United States 152
Capital Medical University Beijing, China 153
University of Antwerp Antwerpen, Belgium 154
University of Calgary Calgary, Canada 155
Taipei Medical University Taipei, Taiwan 156
Saarland University Saarbrücken, Germany 157
University of Montpellier Montpellier, France 159
University of Turin Turin, Italy 159
University of Bologna Bologna, Italy 161
Wuhan University Wuhan, China 161
University of Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela, Spain 163
University of Padua Padua, Italy 164
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 165
Cairo University Cairo, Egypt 166
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, United States 167
Northwestern University Evanston, United States 168
Pusan National University Yangsan, South Korea 169
The University of Western Australia Perth, Australia 169
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Thessaloníki, Greece 171
Osaka University Osaka-shi, Japan 171
Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland 173
Institute for European Studies - Universite libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium 174
National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan 175
Kyushu University Fukuoka, Japan 176
University of Coimbra Coimbra, Portugal 177
Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary 178
University of Freiburg Freiburg, Germany 178
Pennsylvania State University State College, United States 180
University of Belgrade Belgrade, Serbia 180
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, United States 182
University of Siena Siena, Italy 183
Central South University Changsha, China 184
Jilin University Changchun, China 184
Maastricht University Maastricht, Netherlands 186
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Canada 186
National Autonomous University of Mexico Coyoacán, Mexico 188
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan, China 189
Paris Diderot University Paris, France 190
Hanyang University Seoul, South Korea 191
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, United States 191
University of Messina Messina, Italy 193
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 194
Hokkaido University Sapporo, Japan 195
Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea 196
Kaohsiung Medical University Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 197
Lund University Lund, Sweden 197
University of Münster Münster, Germany 199
Chungbuk National University Wanju, South Korea 200
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