Molecular Toxicology

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The PhD program in Molecular Toxicology focuses on the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms and how these effects are modulated by genetic, physiologic, and environmental factors.

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Admission to the University

Applying for Graduate Admission

Thank you for considering UC Berkeley for graduate study! UC Berkeley offers more than 120 graduate programs representing the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary scholarship. A complete list of graduate academic departments, degrees offered, and application deadlines can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Prospective students must submit an online application to be considered for admission, in addition to any supplemental materials specific to the program for which they are applying. The online application can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Admission Requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;

  2. A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and

  3. Enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.

For a list of requirements to complete your graduate application, please see the Graduate Division’s Admissions Requirements page. It is also important to check with the program or department of interest, as they may have additional requirements specific to their program of study and degree. Department contact information can be found here.

Where to apply?

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Molecular Toxicology program is based on a variety of factors, including academic achievement and relevant experience. We practice holistic admissions—each part of the application is important and thoroughly reviewed.

Applicants with a background in the biological sciences and lab experience are best suited for the Molecular Toxicology program. While there are no set prerequisites, we look for the coursework in areas such as calculus, general and organic chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. Because this program is designed to develop research scientists, it is also important that applicants are familiar with an experimental lab setting.

Doctoral Degree Requirements


NUSCTX 110Toxicology4
MCELLBI 110Molecular Biology: Macromolecular Synthesis and Cellular Function4
MCELLBI 236Advanced Mammalian Physiology5
NUSCTX 250Advanced Topics in Metabolic Biology3
NUSCTX 290Advanced Seminars in Nutritional Sciences (Advanced Special Topics offered by NST Dept. or in any biological/chemical science department; Once a year)2
NUSCTX 292Graduate Research Colloquium (Every semester)1
NUSCTX 293Research Seminar1
NUSCTX 299Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Research (Every semester)1-12
NUSCTX 302Professional Preparation: Supervised Teaching Experience in Nutrition2
Graduate Electives, as per approved study list in research area6
Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology Department Seminar
NUSCTX 375Professional Preparation: Teaching in Nutritional Sciences1-2
Total Units30-42

Contact Information

Graduate Group in Molecular Toxicology

119 Morgan Hall

Phone: 510-642-6490

Fax: 510-642-0535

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Group Chair

Daniel Nomura, PhD

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Majabeen Samadi

Phone: 510-643-2863

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