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Toxicology for Environmental Scientists

This course introduces the principles of toxicology with the aim of understanding the hazards posed to humans and wildlife by chemical contaminants.

Course period spring 2022: Monday 17 January - Wednesday 16 February

Toxicology for Environmental Scientists

A particular focus for this course will be on dose-response relationships, how chemicals are taken up, distributed and eliminated in living organisms, subsequent adverse effects, and consideration of underlying molecular mechanisms of toxicity.

Topics covered include:

  • exploration of dose-response relationships, toxicological thresholds and methods in toxicological testing
  • chemical and biological considerations of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME)
  • toxicological receptors, and mechanisms-of-action leading to adverse-effects
  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Course includes lectures, laboratory work, workshop exercises, presentations and discussions.


    The course is examined through a written exam, written laboratory report and oral presentation of a project work.

    Cheating and plagiarism

    Cheating of every kind is wholly unacceptable and Stockholm University takes this matter extremely seriously.

    By cheating is meant, for example, that students cooperate in an unauthorized way, use unauthorized resources or otherwise try to cheat in the examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures.

    Read more about the rules and regulations here:
    Guidelines for Disciplinary Matters at Stockholm University
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student
    Regulations for written seated examination

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Course period spring 2022: Monday 17 January - Wednesday 16 February

  • Contact

    Study counsellors

    Course coordinator

    Paula Pierozan,

    Department of Environmental Science, Unit of Exposure & Effects