The aim of this course is to give the students an introduction to environmental science and ecotoxicology, and to contribute to the student's knowledge about how pollutant chemicals released in nature may cause adverse effects in organsisms, populations and ecosystems. Both terrestrial and aquatic issues are addressed in the course, although the main focus will be on aquatic environments.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
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Number of semesters
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience
The main learning outcome for the student shall be a general knowledge in the essentials of environmental science and an ability to explain the main aspects related to various forms of anthropogenic pollutant chemicals and their potential adverse effects in nature. After taking the course the student shall also have a good overview about the most important methods and study approaches used in studies and research of environmental pollutant chemicals.
Tematically the coulse include the following elements:
Classification of pollutant chemicals and different kinds of pollution.
Major sources of pollution from industries and the society.
Pollution issues related to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Environmental behaviour and fate of pollutant chemicals
Uptake and distribution of pollutants in organisms
Biological effects of pollutant chemicals in individual organisms and populations
Standardised methods for assessment of chemical toxicity
Methods used in environmental monitoring and environmental risk assessment
Environmental regulation of chemicals
Environmental issues in offshore oil and gas industry
Ecotoxicology in the Arctic environment
Climatic issues and ocean acidification issues
Emerging environmental pollutants
Required prerequisite knowledge
It is recommended that the students prior to this course have a basic competence level within general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology and biochemistry.
Form of assessment
A - F
Daniela Maria Pampanin
Daniela Maria Pampanin
Head of Department:
Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Method of work
4 hours lectures and 4 hours exercises a week. The course is based primarily on a series of lectures, but it will also include one practical laboratory group work exercise.