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Courses in Environmental Toxicology

Current Courses

TOX 201 – Poisons, People and The Environment

There is increasing public interest and concern over matters of human health and environmental quality. We commonly hear news reports of health problems that may be associated with some chemical(s), but few people have sufficient background to understand the problems in detail. Toxicology, the study of adverse effects of chemical contaminants on living systems, forms the basis of our ability to predict and prevent adverse effects to human health and the environment .Without an understanding of the basic principles of toxicology, one cannot make a fully informed decision about the true risks and benefits of anthropogenic and natural chemicals to humans and other organisms. This course will provide a broad overview of toxicology and allow students to recognize the relevance of the science in their lives and surroundings. The lecture will be delivered in a manner that addresses the needs of the overall student population as well as the general public.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Provide a historical perspective of the science of poisons
  • Identify and apply the fundamental principles toxicology
  • Explain how and why toxicological processes and events occur in nature
  • Evaluate the adverse effects of chemical contaminants to human health and the environment

TOX 401 – Principles of Toxicology (Offered in the Spring)

Introduces students to the basic principles of toxicology. Will cover the history and scope of the field; absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of toxicants; target organ toxicity; mechanisms of toxic action; carcinogenesis; environmental toxicology as well as human and ecological risk assessment.

Successful completion of this course will allow students to:

  • Understand many of the fundamental principles toxicology
  • Develop knowledge based on a series of inter-related scientific principles and understand how and why toxicological processes and events occur
  • Appreciate and conceptualize the complexity of toxicological issues and gain insight into the full breadth of the field of toxicology

TOX 415 – Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Offered in the Fall)

Pest sprayProvides students with an appreciation and understanding of the principles of environmental toxicology and chemistry including the sources, fate, and effects of chemicals in the environment. Emphasis is on contemporary problems in human health and the environment.

Successful completion of this course will allow students to:

  • Acquire knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry and toxicology that are essential to understanding the environmental toxicology and chemistry issues of today
  • Develop knowledge based on a series of inter-related scientific principles and understand how and why environmental / toxicological processes and events occur
  • Connect and utilize these scientific principles to investigate environmental problems, quantitatively predict and model chemical exposure and effect, and assess risk
  • Appreciate and conceptualize the complexity of these issues and evaluate the variability and uncertainty in environmental toxicology and chemistry assessments

TOX 499 – Undergraduate Research in Toxicology

Students interested in completing research in Toxicology should only register for TOX 499 if they have a faculty member in our program that has agreed to take them on for the semester.

Please go to the faculty section website and look at the “core” faculty. The student should then contact that faculty member directly to inquire about working in their lab.

Courses Under Development

TOX 425 – Environmental Risk Assessment

Eco sceneEverything we do involves some level of risk. Risk Assessment as a science is a way to quantitatively weigh the benefits and risks of an action (i.e. should a pesticide be approved for use) This course is intended to provide students with an appreciation and understanding of the principles of environmental risk assessment including:

  • Hazard Identification
  • Toxicity Assessment
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Risk Characterization
  • Emphasis is placed on contemporary problems in human health and the environment.