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The Toxicology Learning Framework was created by the Society of Toxicology's Learning Objectives Work Group, a group appointed by the Education Committee with the charge of creating a guide to facilitate the creation or modification of undergraduate courses in toxicology. The group included Joshua Gray (chair), Chris Curran, Vanessa Fitsanakis, Sid Ray, and Karen Stine with significant contributions from Betty Eidemiller. For more background see “Society of Toxicology Develops Learning Framework for Undergraduate Toxicology Courses Following the Vision and Change Core Concepts Model,” Toxicological Sciences, Volume 170, Issue 1, July 2019, Pages 20–24,

The objectives were modeled after the Core Concepts of the Vision and Change report and are aligned with similar Core Concepts which have been developed for other life science courses by their professional scientific societies and which are published at CourseSource. The Learning Framework was developed following an analysis of undergraduate toxicology syllabi submitted to the SOT’s teaching resource collection as well as an analysis of undergraduate toxicology texts of all genres. We endorse the Vision and Change Core Competencies and Disciplinary Practices as analytical, experimental, and technical skills are desired course outcomes.

Toxicology Learning Framework

Society Learning Goals Articles Sample Learning Objectives
How is the use of model organisms fundamental to toxicology?
  • Describe features of ideal model systems.
  • Describe common model systems, including Drosophila, C. elegans, mouse, rat, and non-human primate.
  • Describe how evolution is fundamental to the use of model systems in toxicology.
  • Describe ethical reasons for using model organisms

Society of Toxicology

  • Founded in 1961, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the US and abroad. The Society’s mission is to create a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology.