​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s environmental health and safety program offers you an interdisciplinary major with academic course work, laboratory and internship experiences for careers in environmental health professions. You’ll learn to investigate health problems and hazards, enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety, monitor the health status of communities, and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of environmental community services.​​

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For More Information

Visit the Environmental Health & Safety website or contact:

Dr. Rebecca Uzarski
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Health Professions Building 1206
Email: uzars2rl@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-2485

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Environmental Health and Safety Major

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.
Total: 63-69 semester hours
Required Courses I
(44 hours)
BIO 101
General Biology
3
BIO 208
Microbiology
4
BIO 365
Environmental Contaminants
3
BIO 435
Environmental Toxicology
3
CHM 131
General Chemistry I
4
CHM 132
General Chemistry II
4
CHM 342
Survey of Organic Chemistry
4
ENV 101
Introduction to Environmental Studies
3
ENV 310
Environmental Issues Management
3
HSC 352
Environmental Health
3
HSC 404
Epidemiology
3
PHY 130QR
College Physics I
4
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3
Required Courses II
(4 hours)
Select one of the following in consultation with an advisor as it relates to the Technical area:
MTH 130
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
4
MTH 132
Calculus I
4
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
HNS 452
Environmental Health & Safety Internship
3
Electives I
(0-6 hours)
Select one of the following in consultation with an advisor as it relates to the Technical area:
GEL 100
Introduction to Earth Systems
3
HSC 211
Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
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 334
Soil Science
3
EGR 201
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
3
GEL 308
Water Resources and Hydrologic Processes
3
GEO 203QR
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
3
HNS 345
Occupational Health and Safety
3
HNS 425
Hazardous Materials Technology
3
HSC 317
Community Health
3
HSC 505
Work Injury Prevention
3
NDS 364
Food Safety, Sanitation, and Health
3