The Toxicology for Chemists Curriculum
Beyond Benign with the support of Target, has developed an open-access curriculum to teach introductory-level chemistry students the basics of toxicology
Why Toxicology for Chemists?
The Toxicology for Chemists curriculum has been developed by Beyond Benign to facilitate the widespread adoption of green chemistry into chemistry curricula. The curriculum was designed and created by an advisory board and team of curriculum developers, comprising both chemists and toxicologists from academia, industry, and government. We collectively developed Toxicology for Chemists to help educators teach introductory-level chemistry students the basic principles of toxicology.
What makes a molecule hazardous to human health and the environment? How can we design chemical products with no detriment to ourselves and our surroundings? We hope this curriculum will help answer these questions and show students that designing molecules for specific applications is possible through a lens of green chemistry and sustainability.
The Toxicology for Chemists Curriculum additionally helps to fulfill a major Student Learning Objective in our Green Chemistry Commitment Signer Program. It is our hope that educators can use these educational materials to feel fully supported in implementing toxicology knowledge into courses at their institution.
What can I find in the curriculum?
Toxicology for Chemists currently has 11 modules available for download. Each module contains approximately 3 hours of content for educators to use. The modules are designed to be delivered concurrently with introductory-level chemistry courses, but they can be adapted to suit advanced chemistry courses. The modules contain lecture slides, lesson plans, homework assignments, supplementary readings, and more. Small components of the modules can easily be incorporated into existing course materials, or individual modules can be used as standalone units within a course. The full Toxicology for Chemists Curriculum can also be used to construct a full course. We hope that educators will benefit from this flexibility!
Modules available for download:
Module 1 – The History and Principles of Toxicology
Module 2 – Understanding Hazard and Risk
Module 3 – Toxicokinetics and Toxicodynamics
Module 4 – Reaction Mechanisms in Toxicology
COMING SOON: Module 5 – Target Organ Toxicity
Module 6 – Toxicity of Metals
Module 7 – Environmental Fate, Persistence, and Biodegradation
Module 8 – Environmental Toxicology
Module 9 – Ecotoxicology
Module 10 – Predictive Toxicology
Module 11 – Structure-Activity Relationships
Module 12 – Case Studies, ChemToxTidbits, “Grab Bag” Folder
To download the Toxicology for Chemists modules, please complete the form below!
We are requesting this information so that we are aware of who is using the curriculum materials. This helps us ensure that future versions of Toxicology for Chemists are beneficial to you. You will only be contacted by us should we update the curriculum, have questions about how you are using the curriculum, or have a need to communicate any relevant information about the curriculum to you.