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ENSC 425  Ecotoxicology  Units: 3.00  
An exploration of the interactions among chemical exposure, toxicity to individual organisms, and effects on ecosystem structure and function. Mechanisms of toxicity will be linked to effects at different levels of organization up to the level of the ecosystem, using case studies to explore the complexities of exposure and response.
NOTE Field Trip (Local Harbour or Marina): estimated cost $30.
Learning Hours: 126 (24 Lecture, 12 Tutorial, 6 Off-Campus Activity, 84 Private Study)  
Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 or above and BIOL 102 and BIOL 103 and CHEM 112. Recommended ENSC 201.  
Course Equivalencies: ENSC325; ENSC 425  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Appreciate the history of chemical contamination in Kingston, Ontario
  2. Compare effects of pollutants at different levels of biological organization
  3. Describe the major classes of pollutants and their fate in the environment
  4. Search, synthesize, critique, and discuss scientific papers
  5. Solve problems and draw conclusions from ecotoxicological data