University of Calgary

CHEM 541 - (BCEM 541) Biochemical Toxicology - Winter 2017

An interdisciplinary course focused on the diverse biomolecular mechanisms by which organic (e.g. PCB¿s) and inorganic pollutants (e.g. Cd, Hg, As) adversely affect cell function examined at multiple levels of organization, from molecules to whole organisms. Topics include how natural toxins exert toxicity, how toxins/light generate free radicals within cells, how the speciation of metals in the environment affects their bioavailability/toxicity, and the toxicity mechanisms that lead to homeostatic dysfunction.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-0)


  • Any two of Biology 231, 233, 241 or 243; Biochemistry 341 or 393; Chemistry 311, 321 and 351.


  • Credit for Chemistry 541 and either Chemistry 641 or Biochemistry 541 will not be allowed. Also known as: (Biochemistry 541)


This course will be offered next in Winter 2019.
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