Biology 308: Environmental Toxicology
Spring 2003


Required Text and materials:

1. Timbrell, J.A. 2002. Introduction to Toxicology, 3nd Edition. Taylor & Francis, Bristol, Pennsylvania.

2. A 3-ring binder will also be a necessary to hold a collection of articles related to course topics.

See the Course Syllabus

See the Course Schedule

Objectives for this course:

1. To introduce topics and issues related to poisoning and disrupting the environment of the earth.

2. To provide a basic understanding of ecology, ecosystems and ecological principles.

3. To examine the pollution of the land and seas as not merely a scientific or economic problem, but as a political problem.

4. To scrutinize the excessive use of pesticides and the world's dangerous over-reliance on massive pesticide applications.

5. To become better-informed global citizens.

6. To become more aware of local issues relative to toxicity in our environments.

7. To enable us to act with knowledge and understanding in dealing with environmental problems as we endeavor to help provide solutions.


Grading: By contract. Please see requirements on separate page.

1. 6 Quizzes (20 points each). The lowest score will be dropped.

2. Midterm Exams (100 points each) and Final Exam (200 points)

3. Research and scientific poster, PowerPoint Presentation or Website (100 points)

4. Class participation (50 points)


Grading Scale:

90 - 100 % A

80 - 89 % B

70 - 79 % C

60 - 69 % D

lower F

Plus and minus grades
will be assigned to the
upper and lower % of
each letter grade.

Students who wish to be graded in a non-traditional mode (CR/NC, credit/ no credit) must file a " change of program" form indicating that grading choice at the Office of Admissions and Records by the end of the sixth week of instruction. CR will be assigned for an earned grade of C- or better.

"It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself." -- Rachel Carson

Marilyn Cannon, Jan. 27. 2003