Toxicology & Environmental Health

Course Description

This course is designed to (1) provide an overview of toxicological concepts from a scientific perspective, (2) evaluate human & environmental health hazards, and (3) discuss the importance of advancements in environmental justice. This course will examine select classes of toxicants, their mechanisms of toxicity, and associated adverse health effects.

Following the scientific method, you will learn to ‘think like a scientist' through class activities designed to apply classroom concepts to research proposals. In addition to class activities, discussions, and lectures, you will perform daily experimental tracking of plant growth following exposure to different household products. This independent project will help solidify the immediate threat of environmental pollution, as well as the broad downstream of health implications. This course includes an academic project that you will work on over the two weeks and present on the final day to your peers.

By the end of this course, you will:
• Be able to explain the effects of contaminants on the human body and environment
• Come to know and apply the scientific terminology implemented by toxicologists
• Learn how to design a research study and apply models for use in predictive and translational research
• Gain an understanding of the environmental justice movement and identify the populations that are disproportionately affected by the risks of pollution


Students should have a general interest in biology, chemistry, and/or environmental health. Students are expected to have moderate proficiency in introductory biology concepts, such as basic anatomy and the components of a cell (i.e., nucleus, mitochondria, cytoplasm, protein, DNA).


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A and 2 afternoon class sessions per week
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Layra Cintron-Rivera
Shannon Paquette
Course Number: 10046