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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 230
Course Title: *EnvironmentalToxicology and Chemistry
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Analytic survey of factors which affect local and global environments. Provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the principles of environmental toxicology and chemistry including the sources, fate and effects of chemicals in the environment. Emphasis is on contemporary problems in human health and the environment. Cross-listed as CHEM 230. Prerequisite: C or better in CHEM 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

C or better in CHEM 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring. 

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current edition of the following:

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
By D.G. Crosby (Oxford Univ. Press)
Environmental Chemistry
By S. Manahan (CRC Press)
Environmental Chemistry
By G. VanLoon and S. Duffy (Oxford Univ. Press)
Chemistry of the Enviroment
By R. Bailey, H. Clark, J. Ferris, S. Krause, and R. Strong (Academic Press)
Course Objectives
  • To present modern environmental toxicology and chemistry in an integrated form.
  • To describe factors affecting the local and global environments of the atmosphere, water and soil.
  • To outline natural and anthropogenic causes of environmental problems and treatment methods.
  • To discuss ecotoxicology, epidemiology and risk assesment.
  • To explain the chemical cycles occurring in the atmosphere, water and soil.
Measurable Learning
  • Describe environmental chemodynamics and transport.
  • Describe abiotic tranformations of chemicals.
  • Identify the characteristics of quantitative toxicology.
  • Describe the origin and occurrence of smog and acid rain.
  • Explain earth's energy balance and the greenhouse effect.
  • Identify major greenhouse gases.
  • Explain the food chain and bioaccumulation of substances.
  • Describe the classes, exposure and risks of the major chemical carcinogens.
Topical Outline:
  • Chemical cycles in the environment
  • Aquatic chemistry and water pollution
  • Quantitative Toxicology
  • Carcinogen classes
  • Organic and inorganic air pollutants
  • Global atmospheric patterns
  • Bioaccumulation and biomagnification
  • Ground water pollution

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: April 7, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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