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Environmental Health and Safety Major, B.A., B.S.

B.A. degree or B.S. degree

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An Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Specialist is a professional who protects human health and the environment by overseeing compliance with local, state, and federal environmental health and safety regulations. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for a variety of careers in areas related to Environmental Public Health, Environmental Protection, and Occupational Health and Safety. Responsibilities of an EH&S Specialist include: developing written programs and training to comply with regulations; conducting inspections to ensure compliance with regulations; collecting and analyzing air, water, or soil samples for environmental hazards; and investigating EH&S concerns. The EH&S major is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Only students enrolled in accredited programs are eligible for National Environmental Health Association and federal EH&S scholarships and internships. Graduating from an accredited program ensures the specific standards needed to become a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and is essential for employment in federal agencies including the U.S. Public Health Service. Interested students should meet with the Environmental Health and Safety Program Director, Dr. Rebecca Uzarski, as early as possible to assist with course scheduling and discuss career opportunities.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

All Environmental Health & Safety majors must:

  1. Complete an Environmental Health & Safety internship (180 hrs),
  2. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7.

Program Requirements

Required Courses I (44 hours)

BIO 101General Biology

3(2-2)

BIO 208Microbiology

4(3-3)

BIO 365Environmental Contaminants

3(3-0)

BIO 435Environmental Toxicology

3(3-0)

CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

CHM 342Survey of Organic Chemistry

4(3-3)

ENV 101Introduction to Environmental Studies

3(3-0)

ENV 310Environmental Issues Management

3(3-0)

HSC 352Environmental Health

3(3-0)

HSC 404Epidemiology

3(3-0)

PHY 130QRCollege Physics I

4(4-0)

STA 282QRIntroduction to Statistics

3(3-0)

Required Courses II (4 hours)

Select one of the following in consultation with an advisor as it relates to the Technical area:

MTH 130Pre-Calculus Mathematics

4(4-0)

MTH 132Calculus I

4(4-0)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

 
HNS 452Environmental Health & Safety Internship

3(Spec)

Electives I (0-6 hours)

Select one of the following in consultation with an advisor as it relates to the Technical area:
GEL 100Introduction to Earth Systems

3(2-2)

HSC 211Human Anatomy and Physiology

3(3-0)

Electives II (12 hours)

To complete training in four technical areas, select a minimum of 12 hours in consultation with an advisor:
BIO 334/GEO 334Soil Science

3(2-2)

EGR 201Introduction to Environmental Engineering

3(3-0)

GEL 308Water Resources and Hydrologic Processes

3(3-0)

GEO 203QRIntroduction to Geographic Information Science

3(2-2)

HNS 345Occupational Health and Safety

3(3-0)

HNS 425Hazardous Materials Technology

3(3-0)

HSC 317Community Health

3(3-0)

HSC 505Work Injury Prevention

3(3-0)

NDS 364Food Safety, Sanitation, and Health

3(3-0)

Total: 63-69 semester hours