Fall 2019 - BISC 308 D100
Environmental Toxicology: An Ecological Perspective (3)
Class Number: 2808
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
1 778 782-4107
Prerequisites:BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with C- or better.
Students are introduced to the major environmental toxicants, their sources, and interactions with terrestrial and aquatic environments. Through historical and current case studies of environmental toxicants, this course will provide an understanding of the basic principles of environmental toxicology particularly as they apply to populations, communities and ecosystems. Students who have taken BISC 312, or special topics course BISC 473 with the title "Introduction to Environmental Toxicology", may not take this course for further credit.
Environmental toxicology is the study of the impacts of environmental toxicants on the health of living organisms and the environment. Environmental toxicants/pollutants are agents released into the general environment that can cause adverse effects on the health of biota and alter the natural environment. Although environmental toxicants exist in the natural environment, the current environmental toxicants of concern globally are produced by humans. With unprecedented human population growth underway, environmental toxicants are expected to increase and the contributions of environmental toxicologists to the enhancement of environmental quality and ecosystem health has become increasingly recognized. This course will cover the major environmental toxicants, their sources, and interactions with terrestrial and aquatic environments. In addition, through historical and current case studies of environmental toxicants, this course will provide an understanding of the basic principles of environmental toxicology particularly as they apply to populations, communities and ecosystems.
Tentative Lecture Schedule:
|Week 1||Introduction to environmental toxicology – basic principles|
|Week 2||Defining, quantifying and measuring ecotoxicological effects|
|Week 3||Defining, quantifying and measuring ecotoxicological effects|
|Week 4|| Overview of the major classes of environmental toxicants/pollutants
(sources, environmental chemistry and fate, ecotoxicological effects)
Assignment #1 Due September 28
|Week 5||Environmental fate and ecotoxicological effects of pesticides / Case study: neonicotinoids|
|Week 6|| Environmental fate and ecotoxicological effects of industrial wastewater / Case study: pulp mill effluent
Midterm Exam I October 12
|Week 7||Introduction to endocrine disrupting substances in the environment and ecotoxicological effects|
|Week 8|| Environmental fate and ecotoxicological effects of municipal wastewater
Assignment #2 Due October 24
|Week 9|| Case study: sewage
Midterm Exam II November 2
|Week 10||Environmental fate and ecotoxicological effects of metals and anions / Case study: metal mining|
|Week 11||Environmental fate and ecotoxicologcal effects of gaseous toxicants / Case study: VOCs & greenhouse gases|
|Week 12|| Environmental fate and ecotoxicological effects of hydrocarbons
Midterm exam III November 23
|Week 13|| Case study: oil sands
Assignment #3 Due November 30
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Describe the major classes of environmental toxicants/pollutants in air, land and water.
2. Explain the chemical properties that determine the fate and transport of environmental toxicants in the environment.
3. Evaluate data derived from the measures used to determine the effects of environmental toxicants at the population, community and ecosystem levels of biological organization.
4. Integrate the knowledge acquired throughout the course to discuss current global environmental pollution issues, and their consequences at the population, community and ecosystem level.
- Midterm Exam I 25%
- Midterm Exam II 25%
- Midterm Exam III 25%
- Written Assignments (comprised of 3 in total: 5%, 10%, 10%) 25%
*Note: No final exam during final exam period
% Letter Grade
Introduction to Environmental Toxicology: Molecular Substructures to Ecological Landscapes, Fifth Edition. Wayne Landis, Ruth Sofield, Ming-Ho Yu. 2017 by CRC Press.
Additional materials will be provided by instructor
Ecotoxicology, Erik Jorgensen, Academic Press, 2010
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