Prerequisite: ENV 564 or permission of the instructor. (Second semester—odd years/1 credit)
This is a laboratory-based environmental toxicology course that is focused on the requirements of the EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program. The course is designed to provide students with practical experience in meeting the regulatory requirements regarding field and laboratory studies in environmental toxicology. To this end, students will follow EPA guidance on the requirements for sampling, toxicity assays, statistical analysis and report writing. An additional component in this course is the assay of vitellogenin in fish. Vitellogenin is an important biological marker for environmental estrogens and this study will engage students in reviewing the possible environmental consequences of such chemicals. This course complements ENV 564 Environmental Toxicology by developing practical skills in the discipline, and in the application of acquired knowledge to critically evaluate the assays and their results and draw appropriate conclusions.