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MP10 Undergraduate Education in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
() A Tale of Two Institutions: Integrating Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology into the Curriculum.
Alegria, H1, 1 California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
ABSTRACT- This talk will report on my contrasting experiences at two small, private, liberal-arts institutions in attempting to introduce courses in environmental chemistry and in ecotoxicology into the curriculum. Challenges to the successful integration of these courses include a skeptical administration; unsupportive colleagues; attracting sufficient students; and lack of equipment. I will discuss a successful approach based on interdisciplinary course content and the use of semester-long research projects for the laboratory components. I will also discuss the integration of environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology into the analytical chemistry curriculum.
Key words: curriculum, interdisciplinary, ecotoxicology, chemistry
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