The Ottawa-Carleton Institute combines the research strength of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The Institute offers graduate programs leading to the master’s (MSc) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in several fields (biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, etc.).
Toxicology is the study of effects of toxic substances on living systems. These toxic substances can either be organic or inorganic, synthetic or natural materials. Environmental toxicology further extends to aspects of chemical transport, fate, persistence and biological accumulation of toxic substances and their effects at the population and community levels. While individual researchers usually specialize in a particular area, toxicologists today must be able to appreciate significant research in other fields and therefore require an understanding of the basic principles of other disciplines. To meet this challenge the University of Ottawa and Carleton University offer a joint collaborative program leading to a master of science or a PhD degree with specialization in chemical and environmental toxicology.
This Ottawa-Carleton collaborative program in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology is intended to augment the research and training available to students through the individual supporting institutes.
The programs operate within the general framework of the regulations and procedures for Joint Graduate Programs and the general regulations of the graduate faculty at the two universities. The general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa are posted on the FGPS website.
The primary participating units are:
- The Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology (OCIB), the joint graduate program of the departments of Biology at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
- The Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Chemistry (OCIC), the joint graduate program of the departments of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
- The Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre (OCGC), the joint graduate program of the departments of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.