Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Bob Peterson
The course covers the principles of risk analysis, including risk assessment, perception,
communication, and management. Content emphasizes human toxicology, ecotoxicology,
dose-response relationships, exposure analysis, environmental fate and deterministic
and probabilistic risk assessment. Case studies include examples from natural resource
management, pesticides, biotechnology, resource extraction, food safety and invasive
species. Course activities include discussion, literature readings, written assignments,
risk assessment exercises, and a term project.
Meeting Place and Times
Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It
is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 8 - 10 hours per week
while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related
assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.
Bob Peterson, PhD. is Professor of Entomology at Montana State University, where he
leads the research, teaching, and outreach program in Agricultural and Biological
Risk Assessment. More specifically, the program is centered on comparative risk assessment
and includes biotechnology risk, invasive species risk, infectious disease risk, and
pesticide risk. Additional areas of research emphasis include plant-stress ecophysiology
and integrated pest management. Bob teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, including
environmental risk assessment, insect ecology, various special-topics graduate courses,
and principles of living systems.
- B.S. Entomology and Pest Management. Iowa State University
- M.S. Entomology. University of Nebraska
- Ph.D. Entomology, minor in Plant Physiology. University of Nebraska
1995-2001. Research Biologist. Dow AgroSciences
2002-present. Montana State University
A Bachelors degree, courses in General Biology, General Ecology, General Chemistry,
Federal agency employees, environmental consulting firm employees, environmental law
professionals, non-governmental organization employees, high school science teachers,
and others interested in environmental science.
8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method
of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
- No book is required. All required readings will be posted inside of D2L.
- Internet access
- A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course
For More Information
For more information: Please contact Marni Rolston at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Register
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