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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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.
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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
The study of living organisms. Fundamental principles of biology are integrated with local and global issues of current interest. No credit toward Biology major or minor. May be used toward satisfying the requirements of Integrated Science major or minor for students seeking certification in Elementary education only. Credit may not be earned in more than one of: BIO 101, BIO 105, BIO 110, and 165. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. This course may be offered in a hybrid or online format. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
Core concepts of microbiology from a human perspective. Does not count toward Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: one of: BIO 101, 105, 110, 112, 151.
Survey of pesticide characteristics, hazardous wastes, ground and surface water contaminants, air pollution, acid rain, and other environmental pollution concerns. Prerequisites: BIO 212, 213 both with a C- or better; or BIO 208, CHM 132 and a signed Environmental Health and Safety major; or BIO 211, CHM 132 and a signed Biochemistry major.
Introduction to toxic agents in the environment, the associated biological response in humans or animals, and evaluation of potential health risks. Prerequisites: BIO 101 or BIO 212, 213, both with a C- or better; One of: CHM 342, 343, 345.
General Chemistry I
Introductory course covering fundamental concepts of chemistry including atoms, properties of matter, reactions and stoichiometry, electronic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, thermochemistry, gas laws. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Recommended: High school algebra or MTH 107; high school chemistry or CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
General Chemistry II
Continuation of CHM 131 including solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, weak acids and bases, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 131. Recommended: a grade of C or better in CHM 131.
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Elementary course covering the field of organic chemistry. Course meets the needs for entrance to some professional schools. No credit toward chemistry major or minor. Prerequisites: One of: CHM 120, 127, or CHM 132 or CHM 161.
Introduction to Environmental Studies
An overview of society and the environment. Topics include human population and resources, markets and commodities, institutions, ethics, risks and hazards, political economy, and constructions of nature. This course may be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. Recommended: ENG 101. (University Program Group III-B: Social Structures)
Environmental Issues Management
Review of regulatory requirements and application of scientific studies to managing environmental risk. Case studies of risk management by the targeted community and regulatory agencies. Prerequisite: One of: ENV 101, GEO 120QR, ENS 101QR.
Investigates today’s environmental problems related to health, air, water, radiation, housing, urbanization, disease, weapons, and humans’ responsibilities for and remedial actions to these problems. This course may be offered in an online format.
Introduction to basic principles and methods of epidemiology including: determinants of disease distribution, measures of disease frequency and association, study design, and data sources. Prerequisites: Math competency; 56 credits.
College Physics I
Mechanics, heat, kinetic theory, and sound. The mathematics used is algebra and trigonometry. The sequences PHY 130-131, PHY 170-171 satisfy minimum requirements for medical and dental schools. Quantitative Reasoning. Recommended: A high school math background that includes a good foundation in algebra and trigonometry, or MTH 109. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Introduction to Statistics
Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression. Course does not count on major, minor in mathematics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Satisfies Mathematics Competency. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency.
Required Courses II
Select one of the following in consultation with an advisor as it relates to the Technical area:
Functions and their graphs, inequalities, analytic geometry. Satisfies Mathematics Competency. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: MTH 107 or 109 or placement.
Limits, continuity, interpretations of the derivative, differentiation of elementary functions, applications of derivatives, antiderivatives, Riemann sums, definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus. Satisfies Mathematics Competency. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: MTH 107, 109; or MTH 130; or placement. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Required Courses III
Environmental Health & Safety Internship
Application of knowledge and skills in environmental health and safety at an approved, supervised internship site. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: HSC 352 or IET 327; signed Environmental Health and Safety major; 85 credit hours completed; permission of instructor.
Select one of the following in consultation with an advisor as it relates to the Technical area:
Introduction to Earth Systems
An introductory exploration of the Earth system in the context of global change. Topics include the rock cycle, geologic time, climate change, and plate tectonics. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Credit may not be earned in both GEL 100 and 130QR, 101, 102, or 105. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Covers basic structure and function of the human body. Prepares non- science majors and health profession students to take advanced human anatomy and physiology courses. Recommended: Successful completion of a college level science course or a strong background in basic sciences, i.e. high school biology or chemistry.
To complete training in four technical areas, select a minimum of 12 hours in consultation with an advisor:
BIO 334/GEO 334
A lecture/field course introducing the physical, chemical, and biotic properties of soils, soil classification and mapping, and soil resource issues. Identical to GEO 334. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: CHM 120 or 131; one of the following: GEO 105, GEL 100, 101, 105, 130QR; or BIO 212, 213 with a C- or better.
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduction to principles of environmental engineering with an emphasis on water and atmospheric quality; water and wastewater engineering; solid and hazardous waste engineering; pollution prevention. Prerequisites: MTH 132 or 133; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Water Resources and Hydrologic Processes
Study of water on Earth; includes atmosphere, surface, and subsurface. Explore interactions between the hydrosphere, biosphere, earth system, and human processes. Prerequisites: GEL 101 or 105 or 100 or 130 or MET 140 or MET 260 or ENS 101; MTH 105 or higher; Recommended: GEL 280; familiarity with spreadsheet software (i.e., Microsoft Excel or similar) is expected.
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Fundamentals of geographic information science - including spatial data gathering, measurement, classification, analysis, display and map interpretation. Current computer mapping technologies are used in laboratory. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Quantitative Reasoning. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science)
Occupational Health and Safety
Principles of occupational health and safety with emphasis on health and safety standards, program development, training, and auditing to minimize/eliminate workplace injuries and illness. Prerequisites: one course in Biology or Chemistry; 55 credit hours completed. Recommended: ATR 480 or HSC 352 or HSC 425.
Hazardous Materials Technology
Characterization of hazardous materials at waste or emergency sites and related health, safety, and regulatory issues for persons conducting, supervising, and managing field activities. Prerequisites: CHM 120 or 131; ENS 307 or HSC 352 or IET 327; 55 credit hours completed.
Introduction to public health, and services provided to citizens and educators by official and voluntary health agencies. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
Work Injury Prevention
The study of the etiology, epidemiology, treatment, assessment, and prevention of work-related neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions in the workplace. Prerequisites: HSC 211 or 214 or graduate standing.
Food Safety, Sanitation, and Health
A comprehensive coverage of food protection practices focused on prevention that includes high-risk populations, active managerial control, and crisis management. Prerequisite: FNS 160 or FNS 261 or signed Environmental Health & Safety major.