Environmental and Toxicological Studies Concentration in Biological Engineering (BE)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Date Posted: June 14, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Engineering
Program Type: Specialization/Concentration/Emphasis


It is now widely recognized that our environment plays a greater role than our genes in cancer causation and for certain other diseases. Spanning from chemistry to pathophysiology, the objective of this concentration is to learn how exposures lead to disease, and how we can prevent disease. Importantly, many environmental contaminants have been reduced in the US, but are still prevalent abroad, particularly in locations where Environmental Justice is a concern. Environmental health is therefore of critical importance to public health on a global level.