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Environmental Health Option

Human impacts on the environment can result in adverse effects on ecosystems. Ecosystem health and human health are closely linked. It is important that our health officials recognize this link and are prepared to promptly act to protect public health. The environmental health option is designed to broadly educate students in environmental science, with more in-depth study of the environmental factors that affect public and occupational health. In addition to core courses in environmental health and a required internship, students may select courses from biology, chemistry, or community health. 

The course of study of the environmental health option is also designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental medicine, environmental health, or public health. Environmental issues frequently become legal issues. There is a societal need for individuals trained in environmental health, environmental science, and law. The course of study of the environmental science major is also designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental law. 

Several faculty of the Environmental Science Program conduct active research projects related to the environmental health option, providing opportunities for students to participate in the faculty's research program, conduct supervised independent research, and to present and/or publish their research. 

Graduates in this option are anticipated to be successful in finding employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for admission to graduate programs in public health and environmental sciences, as well as, medical and law school programs.

Environmental Science: Environmental Health Option – (88-94 Hours Required)

BI 163 Evolution & Ecology (4)
BI 332 General Ecology (3)
BS 105 Environmental Biology (3)
CH 185/085/005 General Chemistry (5)
CH 186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
EC 344 Environmental Economics (3)
EV 400 Health Physics (3)
EV 201 Environmental Science Seminar I (1)
EV 401 Environmental Science Seminar II (1)
EV 454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
EV 481-483 Internship (3) OR EV 491-493 Research (3)
GO 110 Physical Geology (3)
GO 365 Environmental Soil Science (3)
GO 460 Environmental Hydrology (3)
MA 139 Applied Calculus (3) (Logical Systems) OR MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
MA 223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
PH 106 Physical Concepts (3)
PH 120 Introductory Physics I (5)
UI 386 Environmental Health (3)
UI 429 Environmental Ethics (3)

Choose 3 hours from:

UI 331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
UI 360 Recycling & Waste Management (3)
UI 373 Earth and Life through Time (3)
UI 387 Environmental Law and Public Policy (3)

Environmental Health Option Area Courses:
EV 443 Epidemiology (3)
EV 453 Occupational Health (3)
EV 455 Industrial Hygiene (3)
EV 460 Introduction to Toxicology (3)
EV 551 Hazardous Materials Assessment (3)
Environmental Health Electives- two courses (6)
BI 485 Topics in Biology (3)
BI 543/544 Pathogenic Microbiology & Lab (3)
GO 445 Geographic Information Systems (3)
GO 520 GIS Application (3) HL 320 Community Health (3)

Additional Required Courses: (5-7)

CH187 Inorganic Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Lab (2)
CH 234 Organic Biological Chemistry (3) OR CH341/342 Foundations of Organic Chemistry and Lab (5)

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