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SDR: Interdisciplinary Program

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

SDR 586 Selected Topics in SDR 1-6 cr.

Lecture-laboratory course designed for first responders in the Weapons of Mass Destruction community and related emergency planners. Topics will be related to the most recent advances in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection, identification, analysis, and mitigation. Topics and instructors may be the same or may vary. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and local, state, or federal agency/organization authorization.

SDR 600 Effects of Biological Materials Use 5 cr.

This is the biology course associated with Level 4: Advanced Characterization of Unknown Substances, a module of chemistry, biology, and radiology/nuclear physics courses developed for first responders in the Weapons of Mass Destruction community. Investigation and analysis of current status of bioterrorism as it relates to different microbes and potential bioterrorism agents. Integrates advanced safety techniques in handling microbes with basic principles and facts of microbiology, microscopy, and microbe identification using molecular, biological, and immunological techniques. Features in-depth discussion of principles and applications of polymerase chain reactions. Hands-on training is complemented by formal lectures. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112 and 250, CHEM 232, and BIOC 301/311 (biochemistry lecture and lab) or equivalent or instructor permission and local, state, or federal agency/organization authorization.

SDR 601 Advanced Characterization Theory and Practical Applications Using GC/MS, FT-IR, and Organic Chemistry 5 cr.

This is the chemistry course associated with Level 4: Advanced Characterization of Unknown Substances, a module of chemistry, biology, and radiology/nuclear physics courses developed for first responders in the Weapons of Mass Destruction community. Designed for experienced members of the first responder community, this intensive, advanced-level chemistry course focuses on the hazards, reactions, detection, and identification of Chemical Warfare Agents, selected Toxic Industrial Chemicals, selected Toxic Industrial Materials, and important precursors. The principles and applications of Infrared Spectroscopy and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry are emphasized. Additionally, the course focuses on actions required in the event of an attack, accident, or incident involving chemical WMD. Prerequisite: CHEM 111, 112, 231, 232, or equivalent or permission of instructor and local, state, or federal agency/organization authorization.

SDR 602 Short- and Long-Term Effects of Radiological Materials Use 2 cr.

This is the radiology/nuclear physics course associated with Level 4: Advanced Characterization of Unknown Substances, a module of chemistry, biology, and radiology/nuclear physics courses developed for first responders in the Weapons of Mass Destruction community. Designed for experienced first responders with significant prior knowledge in general physics concepts, this is an advanced-level course in radiation detection and radiology. It provides effective training on radioactive materials, radiation detection, identification of isotopes, quantifying materials (activities of the sources) dispersed in an area, and radiation dosimetry to estimate exposure and radiological consequences. This advanced-level course requires the understanding and application of the theoretical concepts using the scientific methods, analysis, synthesis, and complex problem-solving skills in radiation and radiological physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 111, 112, 121, and 122 or equivalent or permission of instructor and local, state, or federal agency/organization authorization.

SDR 603 Advanced Field Experience in Disaster Response 6 cr.

Designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom learning to response to real and mock incidents that involve chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. The students are required to analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions based on the data collected and to make the appropriate response call. Prerequisites: SDR 600, 601, and 602 and local, state, or federal agency/organization authorization.

SDR 610 Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology for Disaster Response 5 cr.

Introduction to advanced techniques and procedures used in biological research as they relate to assessing detrimental bioagents and infectious diseases. Examines advances in existing sensing technologies while introducing the latest innovations in bio-detection technologies. Prerequisites: SDR 600, 601, and 602 and local, state, or federal agency/organization authorization.

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