Curriculum

Required Courses

The following courses are required for METC  PhD students. Students must receive a B or better in each course.

625 Toxicology I

  • 3 credits. – Fall/1st Year
  • Basic principles of toxicology and biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in mammalian species and man. Correlation between morphological and functional changes caused by toxicants in different organs of the body.
    • Prerequisite: Biochem 501 & Physiol 335 or cons inst. Path 401 & Phmcol 401 or equiv recommended.
    • Typical Topics Include: Toxicogenomics, DNA Damage, Pathology, Drug Metabolism
    • Course Coordinator: Colin R. Jefcoate

626 Toxicology II

  • 3 credits. – Spring/1st year
  • A course surveying the basic methods and fundamental biochemical mechanisms of toxicity. Toxicity in mammalian organ systems, techniques for evaluating toxicity, as well as mechanisms of species specificity, and environmental interactions (with toxicant examples) are presented.
    • Prerequisite: Env Tox 625 or cons inst.
    • Typical Topics Include: Hematology, Cardiovascular Systems, Pulmonary Systems, Neurotoxicity
    • Course Coordinator: Steven Oakes

631 Toxicants in the Environment: Sources, Distribution, Fate, & Effects

  • 3 Credits – Spring/1st Yr
  • Nature, sources, distribution, and fate of contaminants in air, water, soil, and food and potential for harmful exposure.
    • Prerequisite: Chem 343 & 345 or equiv; Chem 561 or equiv; Physics 103 & 104 or equiv; Math 211; or cons inst.
    • Typical Topics Include: Intermolecular Interactions, Thermodynamics, Sorption, Organic Solvents
    • Course Coordinator: Joel A. Pedersen

634 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities & Ecosystems

  • 1 Credit – Fall/Odd Yrs Addresses the roles of natural and anthropogenic toxicants in the environment on ecological populations, communities, and ecosystems. The class includes general lectures on those larger themes, guest lectures on specific topics, and classroom discussions.
    • Prerequisite: M&Envtox 633, or M&Envtox 625, 626 & 631, or cons inst.
    • Typical Topics Include: Population Ecotoxicology, Evolutionary Ecotoxicology, Community Ecotoxicology, and Ecosystem Ecotoxicology
    • Book: Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology  fourth edition by Michael C. Newman ISBN of 9781466582293
    • Course Coordinator: William Karasov

699 Special Problems – Grant Writing / Prelim A

  • 1 Credit – Every Summer
    • An introduction to grant writing, preparing students for their Oral Prelim
    • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
    • Typical Topics Include: Proposal Writing and Mock Panel Review Session
    • Course Coordinator: Chris Bradfield
    • 2015-Outline Revisions 699

800 Seminar

  •  1 Credit Each Semester
  • Current research in environmental toxicology and pathology and other topics of interest and importance to environmental toxicologists.
    • Prerequisite: Grad st & cons inst.
    • Typical Topics Include: Research of current MET students/trainees/post-docs; UW Faculty, and/or visiting speakers
    • Course Coordinator: Mark E. Cook

955 Responsible Conduct in Research

  •  2 Credits – Fall/1st year
  • Meets the NIH Institutional Training Grant requirements of instruction in the nine recommended areas of conflict of interest.
    • Prerequisite: Graduate Student Standing
    • Typical Topics Include: Safe Laboratory Practices, Policies regarding human & animal subjects, peer review and authorship.
    • Course Coordinator: Ian Bird

990 Independent Research

  • 1-9 Credits Each Semester
    • Prerequisite: Grad st & cons inst.

OTHER METC COURSES

Optional 1-credit courses, however students are highly encouraged to take these sessions before 634-Ecotoxicology

632 Ecotoxicology: The Chemical Players.

  • 1 Credit. Fall/Odd Years
  • Introduction to natural and man-made toxins/toxicants, their distribution, transport, and fate in the environment. Includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.
    • Prerequisite: 2 sem intro biol & 1 sem organic chem, or cons inst.
    • Typical Topics Include: Natural Toxins, Transfer Process, Anthropogenic Toxins and Metals
    • Syllabus can be found under 634-Ecotox above in Required Courses section
    • Book: Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology  fourth edition by Michael C. Newman ISBN of 9781466582293
    • Course Coordinator: TBD

633 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Individuals.

  • 1 Credit. Fall/Odd Years
  • Addresses the responses of plants, vertebrates and invertebrates to natural and anthropogenic toxicants in the environment at the organismal level. The class includes general lectures on those larger themes, guest lectures on specific topics, and classroom discussions.
    • Prerequisite: M&Envtox 632, or 2 sem intro biol & M&Envtox 631, or cons inst.
    • Typical Topics Include: Absorption in plants and animals; Biotransformation in plants and animals; Impacts on behavior, energetics, growth and reproduction
    • Syllabus can be found under 634-Ecotox above in Required Courses section
    • Book: Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology  fourth edition by Michael C. Newman ISBN of 9781466582293
    • Course Coordinator: William Karasov

Elective Courses

Please work with your advisor to select these or other courses that will benefit you in your academic credits according to your research interests.