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Course Description

This course examines the role and use of pesticides by various facets of society and the effect of these pesticides on biological activities in the environment. Preparation of a research proposal is required for the course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learners should be able to:

  1. To gain a perspective of the historical and current applications of pesticides and the benefits and drawbacks of their use.
  2. To be able to describe methods of classifying pesticides based on characteristics including use and mode of action.
  3. To be able to understand important chemical, physical and biological properties of pesticides that are important for predicting their fate and impact in the environment.
  4. To gain experience in formulating objective research questions to address current pesticide-related questions.
  5. To gain an understanding of the role of risk assessment in monitoring and managing existing and emerging concerns with pesticides.
  6. To be aware of regulations governing the use of pesticides locally and internationally.
  7. To be able to extrapolate from the principles learned in this course to a broader range of environmental issues.

Course Topics

  • Introduction, pesticide risks and benefits
  • Pesticide discovery
  • Pesticide uses, formulations and applications
  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticide uptake, movement and metabolism in target organisms
  • Pesticide movement and fate in the environment
  • Pesticide toxicity, risk assessment
  • Pesticide resistance/integrated pest management
  • Pesticide residues in food/human health risk assessment of pesticides
  • Pesticide regulations (focus on Canadian perspective)

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): [BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)], CHEM*1040

Equate(s): ENVB*3030


Assessment Item Weight
Research question 2%
Annotated bibliography 10%
Proposal Part I 20%
Proposal Part II 20%
Online Midterm 1 22%
Online Midterm 2 26%
Total 100%



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

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Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Pesticides and the Environment
September 08, 2022 to December 02, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Pesticides and the Environment by RS Prosser and KR Solomon © 2022 Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres Press 2nd edition ISBN Print: 9781778021701 eBook: 9781778021718
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