Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Environmental Toxicology

General Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

The Environmental Toxicology Program at Clemson University offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and consists of cutting-edge research, comprehensive plans of study, and high-quality interactions among faculty and students. The research and training focus of the program is concentrated in three areas: fate of organic and inorganic contaminants, biochemical toxicology, and ecological and aquatic toxicology.  A focus on interdisciplinary approaches and sound science is fundamental to our education and research activities.

Research activities encompass the areas of aquatic ecotoxicology, biochemical and molecular toxicology, immunobiology and immunotoxicology, terrestrial ecotoxicology, analytic chemistry, and ecological modeling. A strong fundamental research program examines the mechanisms of how chemicals exert their toxicity and how variability in individual organisms can lead to sensitivity or resistance in a wide range of species. Methods developed from research studies provide the means for assessing chemical exposure and impact in the field. Field studies, used to document the status of potentially affected species, incorporate small mammal and avian habitat assessment, water and vegetation sampling, collection of invertebrates and aquatic organisms, and estuarine-marine habitat assessments.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Peter van den Hurk)

Application Requirements

Applying

Graduate applicants are selected based on demonstrated scholarship (GRE scores, GPA, undergraduate institution), references, field experience, stated interests, and professional goals. Individual faculty members generally require personal interviews with applicants to determine their interests and compatibility with specific research projects. Field experience, computer and communication skills, and the applicant’s ability to work with others are important considerations.

Applicants may apply on the Web at www.grad.clemson.edu/admission/. Applications, along with the required application fee, should be received no later than five weeks prior to registration. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date. The application deadline for Spring semester is February 1.

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Peter van den Hurk)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Graduate research assistantships are available through research grants that are administered by individual faculty members. Fellowships and teaching assistantships in a variety of departments are also available. Minimum assistantship levels are normally $18,000 for Ph.D. students. There are no allowances for dependents or hiring of spouses.

Course of Study

Program of Study

M.S: Students take core courses and complete their program with electives that provide flexibility. Master’s students take an average of two to three years to graduate.

Ph.D: Doctoral students are required to complete all required courses, pass written and oral examinations, and successfully write and defend a dissertation. Doctoral students take an average of five years to graduate.

Current Program

Our Students

Students in the environmental toxicology program come from diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the nation and a number of different countries.  There are approximately 30 students in the program. Forty percent are women, 29 percent are international students, and 97 percent are full-time students.

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