Biomedical Toxicology Specialist (Science Program) - ASSPE2573

Biomedical toxicology has emerged as an important science addressing drug safety and the adverse consequences of chemical exposure. The Biomedical Toxicology Specialist program examines the harmful effects of chemicals on the health and behaviour of individuals and society. The safety/toxicity of a wide array of chemicals is examined including pharmaceutical preparations, herbal products, natural toxins and environmental contaminants, with a focus on their effects on human health. This program emphasizes the application of toxicological knowledge and risk assessment and prepares students for a variety of job opportunities following its completion as well as for further study in graduate research or professional programs such as Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. (Note: Students interested in professional programs should contact the respective faculties to inquire about specific transfer credits.) Many graduates of the Biomedical Toxicology Specialist program pursue careers in scientific research, forensic science, nutrition and food sciences, governmental agencies, consulting agencies, and industrial settings including the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Students learn about basic and clinical toxicology and related areas through lectures, tutorials, laboratories, and independent research projects. The senior research project course enables students to gain valuable research experience while working under the supervision of an individual faculty member in either a laboratory-based or a non-laboratory-based setting.

Enrolment Requirements
This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 8.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enroll. NOTE: Students interested in this program should initially apply to the Specialist in Pharmacology & Biomedical Toxicology Program (ASSPE2340) after their first year of study. Students in ASSPE2340 will have the opportunity to move into the Biomedical Toxicology Specialist (ASSPE2573) following their second year of study.

Variable Minimum Grade or Variable Minimum Grade Average
A minimum grade/minimum grade average in required courses is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses or their equivalents must be completed:
To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a final grade lower than 65% in any of these courses, or a combined grade average lower than 75% in these required courses will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum final grade or minimum grade average does not guarantee admission to the program.
Applications from students lacking numerical grades in one or more of the specified prerequisites, or students applying in their second or later years, may be considered on the basis of their entire academic record and the availability of space in the program. In addition to applying through ACORN, students applying in their second year or later are asked to please contact the department directly at, specify which program you would like to be considered for, and provide your student number. Please consult the Arts & Science Program Toolkit for more information on program enrolment.
  • While it is difficult to predict what will be competitive course marks and average in a given year, based on previous years, the estimate is: course marks = mid 80s; average = mid 80s.
  • Students wishing to enroll in the Biomedical Toxiology Specialist will initially apply to the Joint Specialist in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology (ASSPE2340). After admission, students can then choose to transfer to the Biomedical Toxicology Specialist. First and second year courses are the same for all Specialist programs within the Department (ASSPE2082/ASSPE2340/ASSPE2573).
  • Students cannot combine the Biomedical Toxicology Specialist with either departmental Major programs (Biomedical Toxicology or Pharmacology).
  • Students wishing to enroll after their second year who have taken PCL201H1 will be considered on a case by case basis. Successful completion of required pre-requisite courses is required to further enroll in upper level program courses. Students may not transfer to the Major program from the Specialist after completion of PCL474Y1 or the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP).
Completion Requirements

(14.5 credits)

First Year: BIO120H1, BIO130H1, ( CHM135H1, CHM136H1)/ CHM151Y1, and 1.0 credit from any combination of ( MAT135H1, MAT136H1), PHY131H1/​ PHY151H1, PHY132H1/​ PHY152H1 (see NOTE 1)

Students in this program have the option to enrol in the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream.

Second Year: BCH210H1, BIO230H1/​ BIO255H1, BIO260H1/​ HMB265H1, CHM247H1/​ CHM249H1, STA288H1, PCL201H1, ( PSL300H1, PSL301H1) (NOTE: PSL201Y1 is not acceptable)

Third Year: PCL302H1, PCL362H1, at least one 0.5 credit from PCL367H1 or PCL368H1

Third or Fourth Year: LMP363H1 and 2.5 credits at least 1.5 credits from PCL courses: JPM300H1/​ PCL345H1/​ PCL367H1 or PCL368H1 (see NOTE 2)/ PCL386H1/​ PCL389H1/​ PCL475H1/​ PCL476H1/​ PCL475Y1/​ PCL477H1/​ PCL484H1/​ PCL490H1/​ JPM400Y1/​ ANA301H1/​ CHM310H1/​ ESS463H1/​ LMP301H1

Fourth Year: PCL402H1, ( PCL482H1, PCL483H1)/ PCL473Y1, PCL474Y1/​ JPM400Y1 (see NOTE 3), PCL481H1

An Integrative, Inquiry-Based Activity Requirement must be satisfied.

The requirement for an integrative, inquiry-based and/or experiential activity must be met by completing at least one of the following: PCL297H1, PCL389H1, PCL397Y0, PCL472Y1, PCL474Y1, JPM400Y1. Students who complete the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream or PEY Co-op will also meet this requirement.

Note: September 2021 or January 2022 will be the last opportunity for Faculty of Arts & Science students to register for PEY Co-op. Students in Year 3 in the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 session will be the last group of Faculty of Arts & Science students eligible to participate in PEY Co-op. Students starting Year 2 in Fall 2021 or later will only be eligible to participate in the Arts & Science Internship Program stream.


  1. Any PHY/MAT courses should be completed during the first year and included for program enrolment.
  2. At least 0.5 credit from PCL367H1 or PCL368H1 is required for the program, however if desired the alternative course can be taken as a program elective.
  3. Enrolment in any of PCL474Y1 or JPM400Y1 is limited and requires permission from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Students must receive prior consent from the course coordinator according to Departmental guidelines before the Department will register them in the course. Students can take either course as their required independent project, or may take JPM400Y1 as an additional elective. It is the student’s responsibility to make all necessary preparations before the session starts (see course description).