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Undergraduate Minor Program in Toxicology and Environmental Health

What is TOX?

The Toxicology and Environmental Health minor program addresses the growing demand for undergraduate majors in science and engineering to develop an appreciation for the impact of new products and processes on human health. Each core subject applies principles of chemistry, biology, and engineering to issues of human health, and provides the student with an in-depth experience in one facet of a paradigm that relates human disease to exposure to chemicals and microorganisms.

Where can I learn more about the program?

It is recommended that you attend a TOX minor info session which are held with the BME minor info session. These are held twice in the beginning of each semester. Contact Erik Mallinson for the dates or check on the MIT events calendar.

If you cannot attend either date you can ask questions to either Prof. Jacquin Niles or Erik Mallinson, see the section “I have more questions, whom should I ask?” for their information.

When should I apply?

You should apply by the end of your Sophomore year but no later than the “Add Date” of the term before the term you plan to graduate with an SB degree.

How do I declare a minor?

  1. Pick up a minor application from the BE Academic Office (56-651), the Student Services Center (11-120), or visit the registrar website.
  2. Meet with the minor advisor who represents your major department in order to plan your program of study. Bring the application, as well as a copy of your most recent grade report with you to this meeting. Your minor advisor must sign the form.
  3. Bring completed application to the BE Academic Office (56-651). You and your advisors will be emailed a copy of your application. It will appear on your student record.

Who is my advisor?

Schedule an appointment with Prof. Jacquin Niles to determine who will be yourTOX minor advisor.

What classes should I take?

The program comprises 3 core subjects, 1 laboratory core subject, and 1 elective.

What if I want to change classes that would impact my TOX minor?

To change any part of your approved program you must consult your minor advisor.

How do I complete the minor?

  1. Pick up a minor completion form from the BE Academic Office (56-651), the Student Services Center (11-120), or visit the registrar website.
  2. When you have completed all of the course requirements for the minor, take a copy of your most recent grade report and a minor completion form to your minor advisor. Your advisor will then sign the completion form to verify that you have satisfied all of the course requirements.
  3. Bring the completion form to the BE Academic Office (56-651). You and your advisors will be emailed a copy.
  4. Optional – please fill out the Exit Survey when you drop off the completion form so we can get important feedback on the BE minor programs.

When do I complete my minor?

You must complete the minor by the minor completion date, typically the third week of the term you expect to receive the SB degree. Any completion forms filed after this date will be subject to a late fee, billed to your account.

I have more questions, who do I ask?

Questions about course requirements, approving electives, etc:

Questions about program deadlines, forms, and other administrative requests:

TOX minor core requirements

To satisfy the TOX minor requirements complete the core subjects and one laboratory core subject.

Core Subjects

  • 20.102 Macroepidemiology and Population Genetics
  • 20.104J Environmental Risks for Common Disease
  • 20.106 Systems Microbiology

Laboratory Core Subjects (choose one)

  • 20.109 Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering
  • 7.02 Intro to Experimental Biology and Communication
  • 5.310 Laboratory Chemistry

TOX minor electives

Choose one. Consult your advisor if you wish to substitute the graduate version of any subject listed.

J = indicates a joint subject and can be found in the Course Catalogue under alternate course numbers.

  • 1.725J (TPP.51.J) Chemicals in the Environment: Fate and Transport
  • 1.89 Environmental Microbiology
  • 1.080 Environmental Chemistry & Biology
  • 7.05 General Biochemistry
  • 7.06 Cell Biology
  • 7.28 Molecular Biology
  • 12.807J Atmospheric Chemistry
  • 20.507J Biological Chemistry I
  • 20.901 Special Topics in Toxicology and Environmental Health
  • 20.URG Special Projects in Undergraduate Research


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