About the MET Program
What is Environmental Toxicology?
Environmental Toxicology is a new and rapidly developing field concerned with the harmful effects of chemical, physical and biological agents on living organisms, including fish, plants, animals and humans.
The Environmental Toxicologist draws on a variety of scientific disciplines to describe, measure, explain and predict the severity and frequency of adverse effects on living organisms due to environmental toxicant exposure.
Environmental Toxicology uses a variety of techniques to study the impact of toxic agents on living organisms and provides powerful tools for assessing the risks associated with the presence of these agents.
Environmental Toxicology at SFU
Simon Fraser University developed the Master of Environmental Toxicology (MET) program due to the increasing amount of damage that is inflicted on our environment (such as air pollution, mecury levels in fish, etc.).
At the inception of the MET program at SFU, there were very few formalized toxicology training programs in Canada. At the present, the Universities of Toronto, Guelph, Saskatchewan, and Montreal offer a Master of Science and /or Doctorate in Toxicology.
A Co-op option is available to MET students in which students complete two semesters of Co-op during their studies. Please note that suitable Co-op placements cannot be guaranteed.
What is the MET Program?
The multi-disciplinary and professional nature of the MET program addresses a variety of training demands not encountered in the more traditional scientific disciplines.
MET at SFU is a professional degree which provides the MET graduates with training in basic and applied sciences with work skills.
The main objectives of the MET Program are to:
meet the need for additional trained toxicologists;
facilitate communication between toxicologists and other environmental scientists;
develop and maintain high standards of research and education in toxicology.
Please feel free to contact any of our MET faculty members for more information on the MET program.
Aptitudes and Interests for the MET Program
Students should possess a good basic knowledge of chemistry and biological or biomedical sciences at both the macro and micro levels.
Before entering the MET program, students should have completed the following courses or their equivalents. These prerequisites may be waived by the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee under special circumstances on recommendation from the Director of the program.
BISC 313-3 Environmental Toxicology
CHEM 282-2 Organic Chemistry II
MBB 231-3 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
Admission requirements to the MET program are similar to the MSc program, but a research supervisor does not have to be identified prior to admission. The requirements normally include a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related discipline from a recognized university, with a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or better. Applicants must also provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae giving details of any work or professional experience, especially if related to environmental toxicology. Copies of publications and reports written by the applicant may also be helpful to the admissions committee. Applicants should also request a confidential evaluation from three referees who are familiar with and are competent to judge the applicant's academic potential or professional experience. The letters of reference should be forwarded directly to the Director, MET Program.
Fall Semester: 1 June
Spring Semester: 1 October
Why Study Toxicology at SFU?
Beautiful Bristish Columbia has relatively unpolluted ecosystems which consist of ancient rain forests, clear streams and rugged moutains, and provide a perfect model for studying and researching Environmental Toxicology.
The outstanding Environmental Toxicology programs are not the only reason to attend Simon Fraser University. SFU is strategically placed on Burnaby Mountain which gives access to numerous activities right on campus. There are countless numbers of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Vancouver is one of the few cities in Canada, if not in the world, that you literally can go snowboarding, mountain biking, sea kayaking in one day and get there by public transit.