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Centre for Environmental Biology
B8255 Shrum Science Centre , www.biol.sfu.ca/ceb/ceb.html
Z.K. Punja BSc (Br Col), MSc, PhD (Calif)
- Faculty and Areas of Research
see "Department of Biological Sciences". for a complete list of faculty.
L.I. Bendell-Young - ecotoxicology
J.H. Borden - forest entomology
A.P. Farrell - cardiorespiratory physiology of fish, aquatic toxicology
F. Gobas - environmental toxicology
G.J. Gries - semiochemicals
A.S. Harestad - wildlife biology
C.J. Kennedy - biochemical and aquatic toxicology
F.C.P. Law - environmental toxicology, environmental risk assessment
M.M. Moore - microbiology, fungal pathogenesis
R.A. Nicholson - pesticide biochemistry, toxicology
Z.K. Punja - plant biotechnology and pathology
J.E. Rahe - plant pathology, biochemistry
B.D. Roitberg - population dynamics
M.P. Rosin - environmental carcinogenesis
R.D. Routledge - biometrics, estimating the sizes of animal populations
J.M. Webster - nematology, parasitology
M.L. Winston - apiculture, social insects
- Adjunct Professors
P. Belton BSc (Lond), PhD, ARCS (Glas)
M. Goettel BSc (C'dia), MSc (Ott), PhD (Alta)
G.J.R. Judd BSc, MPM, PhD (S Fraser)
K.K. Klein BSA, MSc (Sask), PhD (Purdue)
H.R. MacCarthy BA (Br Col), PhD (Calif)
R.S. Vernon BSc, MPM, PhD (S Fraser)
The Centre for Environmental Biology (CEB) provides graduate training in the areas of pest management and environmental toxicology.
This program, which leads to the award of the degree of Master of Pest Management (MPM), is a professional degree program offered on a full or part time basis. Established in 1972, Simon Fraser University has graduated pest management students from all over the world.
Pest management offers comprehensive instruction in theoretical and applied pest biology and management, combining graduate courses with demonstration of traditional and modern methods of pest assessment and control in the field. The program is not committed to any particular approach in pest control, although the need for environmental conservation is emphasized.
Students must complete a thesis on a specific aspect of pest management which may be based on original field, laboratory or library research and must satisfy University regulations. The requirements can be completed in three semesters (one year) of full-time study. However, most will require four to six semesters. A minimum of one semester should be allowed for a research project based on library work, while field and laboratory research usually takes longer to complete. This program may also be completed part-time.
University admission requirements are given in the General Regulations, Graduate section. In addition, the program requires that, for clear admission, the applicant must have completed undergraduate level instruction equivalent to a total of 12 credit hours in ecology, entomology, plant pathology, and chemical pesticides. Applicants who lack some of the prerequisites may be admitted to the program but will be required to make up the deficiencies prior to graduation. Professional experience relevant to pest management can be considered in the case of applicants who do not meet formal admission standards. Normally, the CEB admissions committee will specify the appropriate qualifying conditions, if any, at the time of admission.
Every MPM program includes the following courses.
- Core Courses
BISC 601-5 Urban and Industrial Pest Management
BISC 602-5 Forest Pest Management
BISC 603-5 Farm and Specialty Crop Pest Management
BISC 604-3 Orchard Crop Pest Management
BISC 605-3 Management of Animal Disease Vectors
BISC 847-3 Pest Management in Practice
24 credit hours
- Elective Courses
MPM candidates must complete a minimum of four elective 800 level graduate courses from the list given below. Course selection must be approved by the senior supervisor. Up to six credit hours of non-MPM graduate courses may be substituted, subject to prior approval by the student's supervisory committee and the program director.
BISC 816-3 Biology and Management of Forest Insects
BISC 817-3 Social Insects
BISC 841-3 Plant Disease Development and Control
BISC 842-3 Insect Development and Reproduction
BISC 843-3 Population Processes
BISC 844-3 Biological Controls
BISC 846-3 Insecticide Chemistry and Toxicology
BISC 848-3 Nematology
BISC 850-3 Weed Biology and Control
BISC 851-3 Vertebrate Pests
BISC 852-3 Medical and Veterinary Entomology
BISC 884-3 Special Topics in Pest Biology and Management 12 credit hours
The thesis (BISC 849) is based on original laboratory, field or library research and must meet the standards specified in the Graduate General Regulations (see "Graduate General Regulations".).
An oral examination that includes the candidate's research as well as general aspects of pest biology and management will be given.
Before entering this Master of Environmental Toxicology (MET) program, students should have completed the following courses or their equivalents. These prerequisites may be waived by the departmental graduate studies committee under special circumstances on recommendation from the director of the program.
BISC 312-3 Environmental Toxicology I
BISC 313-3 Environmental Toxicology II
CHEM 250-3 Organic Chemistry II
BICH 221-3 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
Each MET student must choose a senior supervisor after admission, in consultation with the director of the program. In accordance with university regulations, a supervisory committee must be formed by the beginning of the third semester of full time equivalent enrolment. As part of the requirements, students must complete a project on a specific aspect of environmental toxicology which may be based on original field, laboratory or library research. The student will be supervised on this project by the senior supervisor while enrolled in BISC 656. In addition to submission of a report at the completion of the project, the student will make an oral presentation to at least the supervisory committee and at least one other faculty member.
This program may be taken on a part time basis.
Every MET program will consist of a minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate credit, including the following courses.
- Core Courses
BISC 650-3 Environmental Risk Assessment: Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Effects-based Risk Assessment
BISC 651-3 Environmental Toxicology Tests I: Ecological Effects-based Tests
BISC 652-3 Environmental Toxicology Tests II: Mammalian Toxicity Tests
BISC 654-3 Food and Drug Toxicology
BISC 655-3 Environmental Toxicology Seminar
BISC 656-0 Master of Environmental Toxicology Project
BISC 855-3 Biochemical Toxicology
STAT 650-5 Quantitative Analysis in Resource Management and Field Biology
- Elective Courses
Students must complete one of
BISC 854-3 Ecotoxicology
EASC 613-3 Groundwater Hydrology
REM 610-5 Management of Contaminants in the Environment
and six credit hours chosen from the following
BISC 846-3 Insecticide Chemistry and Toxicology
BISC 856-3 Industrial Boitechnology
BISC 883-3 Special Topics in Environmental Toxicology
KIN 851-3 Recent Advances in Experimental Carcinogenesis
REM 612-5 Simulation Modelling in Natural Resource Management
This program has a co-operative education option that allows students to gain work experience outside the University. Award of the Master of Environmental Toxicology degree is not contingent upon satisfactorily completing this option.
Students registering in the co-op program must note the regulations governing minimum fee requirements. see "Graduate Fees"..
Professional Registration and Certification
Eligibility for the certification examination of the American Board of Toxicology Inc. can be met through the Master of Environmental Toxicology program and four years of work experience.
BISC 601, 602, 603, 604, and 605 are designed for students undertaking the Master of Pest Management degree. They may be taken for credit for the MSc and/or PhD degree in the Faculty of Science, subject to prior approval by the student's supervisory committee and the program director.
- BISC 601-5 Urban and Industrial Pest Management
Pests of foodstuffs and stored products, structural pests, and pests found in and near buildings, ships and aircraft, and their management, with emphasis on insects and rodents.
- BISC 602-5 Forest Pest Management
Management of pests and forest regeneration, growing and mature forests, and forest products, and of forest rights-of-way and recreation areas.
- BISC 603-5 Farm and Specialty Crop Pest Management
Agricultural pests and their management, with emphasis on insects and crop diseases, and including garden and greenhouse pests.
- BISC 604-3 Orchard Crop Pest Management
Insects, diseases, and other pests of fruit trees, including grapevines and small fruits, and their management.
- BISC 605-3 Management of Animal Disease Vectors
Management of vectors, especially arthropods, of human and animal diseases, especially microbial; selected topics in epidemiology.
- BISC 650-3 Environmental Risk Assessment
This course emphasizes recent development in quantitative human health risk assessment and ecological effects based risk assessment of environmental chemicals. (0-0-3) Prerequisite: BISC 313.
- BISC 651-3 Toxicity Tests I: Ecological Effects Based Tests
This course provides the basic concepts and practical experience for the application of ecologically-based toxicity tests. (2-0-4) Prerequisite: BISC 313.
- BISC 652-3 Environmental Toxicology Testing II: Mammalian Toxicology
The main focus of this course is on laboratory testing procedures currently employed in the toxicological evaluation of chemicals. (2-0-3) Prerequisite: BISC 313 or permission of the department.
- BISC 654-3 Food and Drug Toxicology
Investigates those toxic compounds in the environment which are added to, contaminate, or supplement one's diet. (2-0-4) Prerequisite: BISC 313 or equivalent.
- BISC 655-3 Environmental Toxicology Seminars
A structured series of seminars on the recent developments of environmental toxicology. (3-0-0)
- BISC 656-0 Master of Environmental Toxicology Project
One semester experience in a university or commercial laboratory according to student's interests. Prerequisite: acceptance into the environmental toxicology program.
- BISC 657-0 Co-op Practicum I
First work experience for MET students. Prerequisite: completion of professional paper.
- BISC 658-0 Co-op Practicum II
Second work experience for MET students. Prerequisite: completion of professional paper.
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