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Spring 2020
Feb 27, 2021
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BIOL 2865 - Toxicology
Toxicology is the science that describes the adverse biological effects of exogenous chemical and physical stressors, including pharmaceuticals and environmental, industrial, and agricultural chemicals. This course will introduce the principal biological processes that determine an organism’s response to a toxicant, including absorption, distribution through a biological system, metabolism, elimination, and effects at the site(s) of action. We will use case studies to address toxicity of major organ systems. Finally, we will discuss challenges in modern toxicology, such as testing the safety of thousands of chemicals currently in commerce and new candidate pharmaceuticals. The material will be presented in lecture and student-led discussions with readings from the toxicology literature. Suggested prerequisites include BIOL 0280 (biochemistry), CHEM 0350 (organic chemistry), and BIOL 800 (principles of physiology); or BIOL 1820 (Environmental Health and Disease) or BIOL 2860 (Molecular Mechanisms of Disease); or instructor approval. Total enrollment is limited to 30 students. Graduate students will be given preference.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Primary Meeting

Pathology & Lab. Medicine Division
Biology (Bio) Department


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