GGR383H5 • Contaminants in the Environment

Description
This course discusses various types of contaminants (metal, organic pollutants, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, flame-retardants, micro-plastics, nano-materials) and their impact on the environment. Lectures will cover sources, transport and fate of these contaminants in various environmental media (air, water), degradation mechanisms, uptake into biological systems, and toxicity. Case studies such as pollutants in Arctic ecosystems and the potential risks they pose to the health of indigenous people will be examined. Class discussions of current scientific articles will complement lectures.
Prerequisites
9.0 credits including 1.0 credit from GGR201H5 or GGR214H5 or GGR217H5 or GGR227H5 or permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement
Science
Total Instructional Hours
24L
Program Area
Geography