University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology (NST) offers a minor in Toxicology. The course work for the minor addresses topics in the basic principles of toxicology and molecular toxicology as well as computational toxicology, pharmacology, and pesticide chemistry. The minor works best for students already pursuing a bioscience degree as a background in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and biochemistry is necessary to be prepared for upper division work in this field.

Declaring the Minor

For information regarding how to declare the minor, please contact the CNR Office of Instruction and Student Affairs in 260 Mulford Hall.  

Other Major and Minor Offered by the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Nutritional Science (Major and Minor)

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.

  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.

  3. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

At least one of the five upper division courses below must be taken during the academic year (i.e., not all courses may be Summer Session courses).

No substitutions to the courses listed below will be permitted.

Lower Division Prerequisites

CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry3
CHEM 3AChemical Structure and Reactivity3
CHEM 3BChemical Structure and Reactivity3
BIOLOGY 1AGeneral Biology Lecture3

Minor Requirements 

NUSCTX 11Introduction to Toxicology3
NUSCTX 110Toxicology4
NUSCTX C114/ESPM C148Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology3
NUSCTX 121Computational Toxicology3
Select at least one elective from the following:
NUSCTX 103Nutrient Function and Metabolism3
NUSCTX 104Food, Culture, and the Environment2
NUSCTX 108AIntroduction and Application of Food Science3
NUSCTX 115Principles of Drug Action2
NUSCTX/ESPM C159Human Diet4
NUSCTX 160Metabolic Bases of Human Health and Diseases4
NUSCTX 161AMedical Nutrition Therapy4
NUSCTX 166Nutrition in the Community3
NUSCTX 190Introduction to Research in Nutritional Sciences1
NUSCTX 193Introduction to Research in Toxicology1
NUSCTX H196Honors Research4
NUSCTX 199Supervised Independent Study and Research1-4



Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Danica Chen, Assistant Professor. Aging, stem cell, diseases of aging.
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Brenda Eskenazi, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, maternal and child health.
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+ Gary L. Firestone, Professor. Cancer, steroid hormones, molecular endocrinology, tumor biology, growth factors, dietary compounds, tumor cells, glucocorticoids.
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+ Tyrone Hayes, Professor. Genetics, amphibians, developmental endocrinology, steroid hormones, metamorphosis, sex differentiation, hormonal differentiation, African clawed frog, Japnanes Kajika, Pine Barrens treefrog.
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Isao Kubo, Professor. Agriculture, insect biology, pest management.
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Fenyong Liu, Professor. Public health, infectious diseases.
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Sheng Luan, Professor. Microbial biology, plant biology.
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Daniel K. Nomura, Associate Professor. Chemical biology, metabolism, toxicology, cancer.
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Barry Shane, Professor. Plant biology, health and nutrition, nutritional sciences and toxicology.
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Martyn T. Smith, Professor. Cancer, genomics, toxicology, molecular epidemiology, exposome.
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Norman Terry, Professor. Phytoremediation, Bioremediation, environmental cleanup, soil and water, plant biology, microbial biology.
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Christopher D. Vulpe, Professor. Genetics, genomics, ecotoxicology, gene expression, water quality, copper, iron, toxicology, susceptibility, environmental, ecotoxicogenomics.
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Jen-Chywan (Wally) Wang, Associate Professor. Steroid hormones, glucocorticoids, molecular physiology, Metabolic Diseases.
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Contact Information

Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

119 Morgan Hall

Phone: 510-642-6490

Fax: 510-642-0535

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Department Chair

Andreas Stahl, PhD

119 & 323 Morgan Hall

Phone: 510-642-0809

Student Services

Nicole Lowy

260 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-2879

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