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Chemistry Department
Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute (OCCI)
203 Steacie Building
613-520-2600 x 3523
http://carleton.ca/chem

Department of Earth Sciences
Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre (OCGC)
125 Herzberg Building
613-520-5633
http://earthsci.carleton.ca

Biology Department
Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biology (OCIB)
209 Nesbitt Building
613-520-2478
http://carleton.ca/biology

This section presents the requirements for programs in:

Program Requirements

M.Sc. with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology

The student is responsible for fulfilling both the Institute and departmental requirements for the Master's degree, and the requirements of the Collaborative Program. Consult the individual programs for detailed program requirements.

The minimum requirements of the Collaborative Program include completing at least three courses, which include:

  1. A relevant introductory course in toxicology (The suitability of any introductory toxicology courses as a prerequisite for the Collaborative Program will be decided by the executive committee, comprised of the Coordinator and Associate Coordinator of the Collaborative Program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide justification for an exemption. This can be either:
    • Prior to admission to the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology, or
    • By taking one of the two introductory courses, Principles of Toxicology (BIOL 6402/BIO 9101 - CHEM 5708/CHM 8156) or BIOL 6403/BIO 9104  while registered in the Collaborative Program.
  2. The Seminar in Toxicology (BIOL 6405/BIO 9105 - CHEM 5805/CHM 8167).
  3. Additional courses required by the Master’s Program and approved by the Collaborative Program.
  4. Thesis Requirement - a research thesis on a topic in toxicology supervised by a faculty member of the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology.

Note: In addition, the student's Advisory Committee may direct the student to take or audit further courses to complement the student's background and research program. Other courses offered in the programs of the primary academic units of biology or chemistry may be taken as options, with the permission of the student's supervisory committee, in addition to the basic requirements of the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology.

M.Sc. Biology
with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology (5.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  1.5 credits in:1.5
Seminar in Toxicology
Principles of Toxicology
or BIOL 6403/CHEM 5708 [0.5] [0.5]
Ecotoxicology
and 0.5 credit in additional approved coursework
2.  3.5 credits in:3.5
BIOL 5909 [4.0]
M.Sc. Thesis (including successful oral defence)
Total Credits5.0

M.Sc. Chemistry
with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology (5.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  1.0 credit in:1.0
Principles of Toxicology
or BIOL 6403 [0.5]
Ecotoxicology
BIOL 6405 [1.0]
Seminar in Toxicology
or CHEM 5805 [1.0]
Seminar in Toxicology
1.  1.0 credit in:1.0
CHEM 5801 [1.0]
Seminar I
3.  3.0 credits in:3.0
CHEM 5909 [3.0]
M.Sc. Thesis (a research thesis on a topic in Food Science and Nutrition supervised by a faculty member of the Food Science and Nutrition Program)
Total Credits5.0

M.Sc. Earth Sciences
with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology (5.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  0.5 credit in:0.5
Principles of Toxicology
or BIOL 6403/CHEM 5705 [0.5] [0.5]
Ecotoxicology
2.  0.5 credit in:0.5
Seminar in Toxicology
3.  0.5 credit in additional course work0.5
4.  3.5 credits in:3.5
ERTH 5909 [3.5]
M.Sc. Thesis
5. A pre-defence public lecture, preceding the oral examination, based on the thesis research
6. 0.0 credit: participation in the OCGC Seminar Series. Each student gives a presentation of one lecture (open to all members of the OCGC) describing the candidate's research study within 16 months of the candidate’s registration in the M.Sc. program.
Total Credits5.0

Ph.D. (Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Sciences) with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology

Students are responsible for fulfilling both the Institute and Departmental requirements for the Ph.D. degree, and the requirements of the Collaborative Program. Consult the individual programs for detailed program requirements.

The requirements of the Collaborative Program are as follows:

  1. All courses required by the primary program and approved by the Collaborative Program. If an introductory course (either Principles of Toxicology (BIOL 6402/BIO 9101/CHEM 5708/CHM 8156  or Ecotoxicology (BIOL 6403/BIO 9104/CHEM 5705/CHM 9109 [0.5 credit] , or an approved alternative) has not been completed prior to admission, it must be included among these courses.
  2. The Seminar in Toxicology (BIOL 6405/BIO 9105 - CHEM 5805/CHM 8167 [0.5 credit] (see Note, below)
  3. In addition, students may be directed by their Advisory Committee to take or audit further courses to complement their background and research program. A list of approved electives is provided under 'Graduate Courses'.
  4. Thesis Requirement - a research thesis on a topic in toxicology supervised by a faculty member of the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology.

Note: Item 2 above is not required for students who have already completed the Seminar in Toxicology for the Master's specialization.

Ph.D. Biology
with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology (10.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  1.5 credits in:1.5
Seminar in Toxicology
Principles of Toxicology
or BIOL 6403/CHEM 5705 [0.5] [0.5]
Ecotoxicology
and 0.5 credit in additional coursework
2.  8.5 credits in:8.5
BIOL 6909 [9.0]
Ph.D. Thesis
Total Credits10.0

Ph.D. Chemistry
with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology (10.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  6.0 credits in:6.0
CHEM 6909 [6.0]
Ph.D. Thesis
2. A two-part comprehensive examination in Chemistry (see Note below)
3.  1.5 credit in:1.5
Principles of Toxicology
or CHEM 5705/BIOL 6403 [0.5] [0.5]
Ecotoxicology
CHEM 5805 [1.0]
Seminar in Toxicology (not required for students who have already completed the Seminar in Toxicology for the Master's specialization)
or BIOL 6405 [1.0]
Seminar in Toxicology
4.  0.5 credit in additional graduate courses0.5
5.  2.0 credits in:2.0
CHEM 5801 [1.0]
Seminar I
CHEM 5802 [1.0]
Seminar II
6. At least three years of full-time study
Total Credits10.0

Ph.D. Earth Sciences
with Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology (10.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  9.0 credits in:9.0
ERTH 6909 [9.0]
Ph.D. Thesis (a research thesis on a topic in toxicology supervised by a faculty member of the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology, defended at an oral examination before an examination board that includes an external examiner)
2. A pre-defence public lecture, preceding the oral examination, based on the thesis research
3.  1.0 credit in:1.0
BIOL 6402 [0.5]
Principles of Toxicology
or CHEM 5708 [0.5]
Principles of Toxicology
BIOL 6405 [1.0]
Seminar in Toxicology
or CHEM 5805 [1.0]
Seminar in Toxicology
4.  0.0 credit in:0.0
ERTH 6908 [0.0]
Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination (Conducted by the thesis advisory committee. Includes the presentation of a thesis proposal)
5.  0.0 credit in: participation in the OCGC Seminar Series. Each student gives a presentation of one lecture (open to all members of the OCGC) describing the candidate's research study within 16 months of the candidate’s registration in the Ph.D. program.0.0
6. Fulfilment of residence requirement: at least four terms of full-time study0.0
Total Credits10.0

Chemical and Environmental Toxicology Courses

Other courses listed in the calendar under the primary academic units of psychology, biology, or chemistry may be taken, with the approval of the student's advisory committee, as options in addition to the basic requirements of the degree in chemical and environmental toxicology.

BIOL 6402/CHEM 5708 [0.5] (BIO 9101, CHM 8156, TOX 8156) Principles of Toxicology
BIOL 6403/CHEM 5705 [0.5] (BIO 9104, CHM 9109, TOX 9104) Ecotoxicology
BIOL 6405/CHEM 5805 [1.0] (BIO 9105) Seminar in Toxicology
BIOL 5709/CHEM 5709 [0.5] (BIO 8113) Chemical Toxicology

Regulations

See the General Regulations section of this Calendar and the regulations of the primary participating unit for the degree.

Admission

Applications should be directed to the primary participating unit (i.e. departments of Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Sciences) that is the most appropriate to the student's research interests. Once sponsored and accepted into one of the Institutes, students must be sponsored into the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology by a faculty member involved in the program. This will normally be the student's supervisor.

The requirements for admission to the Master's in the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology are as follows:

  1. Prior admission to the master's program in one of the supporting Institutes participating in the program.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the participating faculty member of the collaborative program, which both recommends admission and indicates the willingness of the faculty member to supervise the candidate's research program in Chemical and/or Environmental Toxicology.

Admission

Applications should be directed to the primary participating unit that is the most appropriate to the student's research interests. Once accepted and registered in one of the Institutes, students must be sponsored into the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology by a faculty member involved in the program; this will normally be the student's thesis supervisor. Application forms and further information can be obtained by writing directly to any of the participating Institutes or Departments or to the program Coordinator.

The requirements for admission to the Collaborative Program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology at the Ph.D. level are as follows:

  1. Prior admission to the Ph.D. program in one of the supporting Institutes participating in the program.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a participating faculty member who is a member of the Collaborative Program, which both recommends admission and indicates the willingness of the professor to supervise the candidate's research program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology.