Environmental Toxicology

Prospective Student Information

Interested in the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Student Program?


The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is December 1, 2018!

Apply to the graduate program by submitting the application, which includes:

  • Electronic application for admission available at http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admissions.html
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work completed or attempted after high school, even if all your units were successfully transferred. UCR undergrads: this applies to you, too!
  • Three letters of recommendation: at least two should be from ladder-rank faculty (assistant, associate, or full professor); preferably all three. If you have a professional reference you feel is more pertinent this can be the third letter. You may submit no more than five letters total.
  • Official score report from the general GRE exam, reported electronically to UCR.
  • International applicants whose language of instruction was not exclusively English must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report.

Mail official transcripts to:
UC Riverside Etox Graduate Program
CNAS Graduate Student Affairs Center
1140 Batchelor Hall
Riverside, CA 92521

Admissions Requirements

Students admitted to the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program must have a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from an accredited institution and an academic record which satisfies the minimum admission standards established by the Graduate Division, University of California, Riverside.This includes a minimum upper division GPA of 3.0 (at least 3.25 preferred), a combined GRE score of at least 300, and a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for international applicants.

Although no specific undergraduate degree specialization is required, students enrolled in the program should have an adequate background in the basic physical sciences such as chemistry, physics and mathematics, as well as in the biological sciences. Normally, admitted students will have satisfied all prerequisite course work. Under special circumstances, students who have not completed all undergraduate requirements may be admitted provided that these deficiencies are corrected at the beginning of their graduate studies. Deficiencies must be corrected by taking the appropriate course work if undergraduate or other previous training has not included the following:

General Biology (1 Year)
General Physics (1 Year) 
Calculus (1 Year)
General Chemistry (1 Year)
Organic Chemistry (1 Year)
General Biochemistry (1 Upper Division Course)
Molecular Biology (1 Upper Division Course)
Statistics (1 Upper Division Course)

Financial Aid

Most students admitted to the PhD degree are offered a five year financial support package. This includes a combination of  Fellowships, employment as a Graduate Student Researcher and/or Teaching Assistant, Tuition, and Nonresident Tuition for domestic non-residents and international students.

Priority consideration for financial support is given to students who apply by December 1st for admission into the program the following academic year.

The final deadline for fall quarter admission without financial support is April 1st for international applicants and September 1 for domestic applicants. 

All students interested in receiving financial assistance such as fellowships, Graduate Research Assistantships, and Teaching Assistantships must submit a FAFSA application once they are admitted to the program.

Living and Housing
The cost of living is comparable to or lower than that of most other major universities in California. The university has residence halls and apartments for single students as well as family student housing. Off-campus housing remains reasonably priced with apartments, houses and condominiums within easy walking or biking distance.


Riverside is a cosmopolitan city of 288,000 located in rolling hills and among citrus groves at the western end of Riverside County, about an hour's drive from Los Angeles, the beach cities, alpine mountains, and the Mojave desert.
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Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program
1140 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4116
Alt Tel: (800) 735-0717
E-mail: BSGSAC Graduate Student Advisor - etox@ucr.edu