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MP10 Undergraduate Education in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
() Environmental toxicology at the University of California, Davis - The first undergraduate program of its type.
Tjeerdema, R.1, 1 University of California, Davis, California, U.S.A.
ABSTRACT- The Department of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Davis, was initially established as a pesticide residue laboratory within the Department of Entomology in 1957. Known as the Pesticide Residue Research Laboratory, it was under the guidance of an interdepartmental committee representing Botany, Entomology, Nematology, Plant Pathology, and Veterinary Medicine. In 1962, it became an official Organized Research Unit known as the Agricultural Toxicology and Residue Research Laboratory to more accurately reflect its broad research mandate. With full University of California Laboratory status, its responsibilities included development of new analytical techniques to support pesticide development, environmental residue analysis to monitor pesticide fate, and basic research aimed at associated environmental and health hazards. In 1968, after six years of growing involvement in both undergraduate and graduate education, the Laboratory was transformed into the Department of Environmental Toxicology, with responsibility for a full range of teaching, research, and service functions. Under the leadership of seven regular, and another seven associated, faculty members, the Department established research strengths in the analytical/environmental chemistry, biochemical toxicology, and hazard assessment of a wide variety of chemicals, including pesticides, natural toxins, and chemical pollutants. The undergraduate educational program was initiated in 1974 with a complete curriculum; it was the first B.S. degree program in environmental toxicology offered in the United States, and perhaps the world. A minors program in environmental toxicology for students majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, entomology, microbiology, and other fields was also established. Currently, a curriculum of over 20 formal courses of instruction is offered by the Department to support the training of not only undergraduate students, but also graduate students who work with the faculty but receive their advanced degrees through interdepartmental graduate groups.
Key words: Undergraduate, Education, Bachelor of Science
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