Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology

The environmental chemistry and toxicology major at Pacific University focuses on the impact of drugs, toxins and natural compounds on the biosphere, including animals and humans. Students study a cross section of the sciences as they prepare for careers in pharmacy, toxicology and environmental chemistry. All students design and conduct an independent research project, and students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty research in both the undergraduate School of Natural Sciences and Pacific’s doctoral School of Pharmacy.

Program Highlights

  • Study a spectrum of the sciences as you discover the impact of chemicals, drugs and toxins on the natural world.
  • Conduct independent research projects in cooperation with faculty in the School of Natural Sciences and School of Pharmacy.
  • Complete all prerequisites for Pacific’s doctoral School of Pharmacy as part of your undergraduate major.
  • Gain understanding of pharmacology, toxicology and environmental chemistry that will prepare you for graduate studies or work in the environment.


Students pursuing a bachelor of science in environmental chemistry and toxicology student environmental science, chemistry, biology and physics, as well as social science courses such as environmental politics or economics. The required coursework for the major fulfills prerequisites for Pacific’s School of Pharmacy. Students also conduct independent research and a capstone project.

Research Opportunities

Students in the Department of Environmental Studies conduct research in local communities, including the coniferous forest of the John Blodgett Arboretum, the riparian corridors of the Gales Creek and Tualatin River watersheds, and the 300-acre Fernhill Wetlands. Pacific’s B Street Farm, less than one mile from the Forest Grove campus, also provides a hands-on research and learning lab for students. Regionally, there are many exemplary resources available within a one- to two-hour drive from campus, such as the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Tillamook and Willapa bays and the forests of the Coast and Cascade ranges.  

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