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Environmental Toxicology

Course Stats

Instructor(s): Joel Meyer and Rich di Giulio

Units: 3

Semester Offered: Fall


Study of environmental contaminants from a broad perspective encompassing biochemical, ecological, and toxicological principles and methodologies. Discussion of sources, environmental transport and transformation phenomena, accumulation in biota and ecosystems. Impacts at various levels of organization, particularly biochemical and physiological effects. Prerequisites: organic chemistry and vertebrate physiology or consent of instructor. Instructor: Di Giulio

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Skills and Career Applications

Registration Advice

It's a pretty small class (20 or so students and 2 TAs). It's definitely quite a lot of work, especially the readings. The readings are really crucial. You'll be lost on tests and papers if you don't keep up with them.

 I took the course with Econ, GIS, and Stats, so my opinion may be a bit skewed, but I felt like it was a pretty heavy workload.

Student Opinions

 Lectures focus very heavily on reactions and small-scale interactions. Exposure pathways and chemical interactions are key. "Environmental toxicology" is somewhat of a misnomer, as not much focus is paid to ecosystem level effects or toxin transport.

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  • No textbook (but a bajillion journal articles)