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Environmental Toxicology

Environmental toxicology is a good area of study for science majors who are interested in pollutants and their effect on the physical environment. Read on to discover academic and career options in this interdisciplinary science that examines how toxins affect human health and other life forms.

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Toxicology essentially looks at poisons or toxins and their harmful effects. The Society of Toxicology (www.toxicology.org) defines toxicology as involving the investigation of biological, physical or chemical factors and their detrimental effects on ecosystems and living organisms.

Environmental toxicology is an interdisciplinary discipline, including the fields of ecology, geology, microbiology, molecular genetics, chemistry and limnology, among others. It examines toxic chemicals, such as lead or mercury, and substances, as well as their interaction with the environment, humans, plants and other species. Other topics investigated are how they move through the environment and what their ultimate fate is. Toxins can be synthetic (man made) or naturals.

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