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Alternative Methods in Animal Testing

4th Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Introduction to Online Learning

Discusses and evaluates strategies for reducing the number of animals utilized in basic and applied research. Addresses traditional in vitro methods, including cell culture and analytical chemistry as well as newer and evolving techniques such as informatics, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Also discusses governmental regulatory processes for approving new testing methods, especially in vitro methods.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify concerns in designing in vitro methods used to replace or supplement in vivo methods
  2. Evaluate tissue culture methods for their ability to provide useful data
  3. Define the strengths and limitations of bioinformatic techniques for reducing the numbers of animals in applied basic research
  4. Explain the regulatory process in approving, verifying, and validating in vitro methods
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Assignments
  • 40% Midterm
  • 40% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
Enrollment restricted to students in the MS degree program or the Humane Sciences and Toxicology certificate program