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B.S. Degree-Major in Environmental Health Science

Requirements for a Major in Environmental Health ScienceScience Research 1

Thirty-seven semester hours including the following:
  1. ENV 3100, 3314, 3316, 3387-3187, 3370, 4325, 4344, 4345.
  2. One of the following: ENV 4307 or 3300.
  3. Three semester hours of 4V93.
  4. Seven semester hours of additional environmental science electives (for the minimum of 37 semester hours required for the major) from the following: ENV 2307, 3210, 4307, 4310, 4327, 4355, 4370/4170, 4373, 4380, 4397, 4485, 4V90 (3 hours).

Required courses in other fields:

  1. CHE 1301-1101, 1302-1102.
  2. CHE 3331.
  3. MTH 1321.
  4. STA 2381.
  5. BIO 1305, 1105, 1306, 1106, 2106, 2306, 3422.
  6. PUBH 2331 and PUBH 3351.
  7. NUTR 1401.
  8. One of the following: BIO (1302 and 1102) or 4401.
  9. One of the following: PHY 1408 or 1420.
  10. One of the following: ENV 2376, REL 4393 or 4395.

Environmental health is a field of science that studies how the environment influences human health and disease. "Environment" in this context means identifying and addressing how the environment impacts human health and natural resources.

People with an education in environmental health may do research on a variety of topics including environmental contaminants (e.g., chemical, biological, nuclear agents), communicable disease outbreaks, disease prevention, human health and environmental impacts of catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and more.

Environmental health professionals are best known for their efforts to ensure safe water, food, and air quality, and sanitary conditions. The need for more people in this area comes from an increase in environmental health threats like:

  • Outbreaks of West Nile Virus, SARS, E-Coli and influenza.
  • The emergence of new threats like chemical contaminants
  • Bio-/agro-terrorism (intentional tainting of food)
  • Health impacts from environmental catastrophes such as hurricanes and chemical spills.

Environmental health professionals also include those who monitor air and water quality, noise pollution, control for toxic substances and pesticides, conduct restaurant inspections and promote healthy land use and housing in developed and developing countries.

If you like a variety of science fields like chemistry, biology and geology but are having trouble making up your mind among those, environmental health may be the major for you.

Current projections indicate that more jobs are available than the number of graduates from environmental health science programs, and this workforce shortage will increase in the future.

You might take courses in:
• Air, Food and Water Quality
• Environmental Law
• Toxicology
• Environmental Analysis
• Human Health Risk Assessment

Graduates with this major go on to:
• Assess air and water quality, and noise pollution.
• Serve as first responders in the event of emergencies such as chemical spills.
• Work in the corporate world in health safety communications or informatics.
• Work with government or non-profit agencies in areas such as bioterrorism or biodefense.
• Graduate school (e.g., MPH, PhD), law school or medical school.

For more information on the Environmental Health Science program, please contact Dr. Bryan Brooks at or 254-710-6553.