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EVSP594 - Environmental Toxicology

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP594 Course ID: 2714 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course presents an introduction to the dynamics of ecosystems and the effects of toxic substances on its living and nonliving components, and incorporating human health issues and concerns. Students will examine the regulatory framework for environmental contaminants issues and detail the federal regulations, policies, and guidelines under which current environmental remediation is done. A key aspect of the course will be the application of risk assessment principles through case studies to gain an understanding of how to develop remediation plans and restoration alternatives that meet or exceed established regulatory guidelines.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Examine the origins of environmental toxicology as a science, and definitions and concepts of toxicology.
  • LO-2 Distinguish pathways and mechanisms of the uptake of toxicants.
  • LO-3 Detail methods of determining and documenting toxicity of various compounds.
  • LO-4 Research new methods of determining and documenting toxicity of various compounds.
  • LO-5 Assess multiple factors affecting toxicity, particularly in aquatic systems.
  • LO-6 Analyze the environmental toxicology of organic compounds.
  • LO-7 Analyze the environmental toxicology of metals and other inorganic compounds.
  • LO-8 Synthesize knowledge of toxicological principles to conduct an environmental risk assessment.
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Homeworks 36.00 %
Homework 1 Soil and Sediment Toxicity 4.50 %
Homework 2 Drinking Water 4.50 %
Homework 3 Surface Water Toxicity 4.50 %
Homework 4 The Biotic Ligand Model and Surface Water Toxicit 4.50 %
Homework 5 Biologic Indicators in Stream and in the Lab 4.50 %
Homework 6 Metals & Inorganic Chemicals 4.50 %
Homework 7 Organic Compounds 4.50 %
Homework 8 Risk Assessment 4.50 %
Term Projects 40.00 %
Midterm Contaminant Power Point Project 20.00 %
Final Ely Mine Summary Project 20.00 %

Other readings as identified in the Lessons

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Environmental Policy and Management:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Environmental Toxicology - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Wright, David A. / Welbourn, Pamela
Unit Cost:$111.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.