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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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Health educator/community health||$41,830 per year||21% (21,400 more jobs)|
|Epidemiologist||$65,270 per year||10% (500 more jobs)|
|Occupational health/safety specialist||$66,790 per year||7% (4,200 more jobs)|
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
Accredited by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), Environmental Health & Safety is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students through academic coursework, laboratory, and internship experiences for a career in environmental health professions. Graduates of the program will diagnose and investigate health problems and hazards in the community, enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety, monitor the health status of communities, and evaluate effectiveness and quality of environmental community services.
EHAC Accreditation requires broad training in 23 programmatic areas of Environmental Health & Safety, which may include Air Quality Control, Food Protection, Hazardous Materials, and Water Quality, with in-depth training in four of these technical areas. CMU offers in-depth coursework in 10 of the 23 programmatic areas. Interested students should meet with the Environmental Health & Safety Program Director, Dr. Rebecca Uzarski, as early as possible to assist with course scheduling in the four technical areas and to identify the appropriate prerequisite courses related to the student's choice of technical area.
Total: 67-69 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)
The biology of microorganisms: bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, algae, and protozoa. Does not count toward Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: one of: BIO 101, 105, 110, 112, 151.
Introduction to basic principles of environmental toxicology. Students will evaluate toxic responses in people, animals, and the environment and formulate a response to health hazards. Prerequisites: BIO 208; CHM 342 or CHM 345.
Environmental Law and Policy
A survey of environmental laws and policies that affect business decision making, stressing macroenvironmental considerations and major Michigan environmental issues. Prerequisites: BLR 202 or BLR 235 or ENV 101; completion of 86 hours; admission to Professional Business Studies or listed on signed major or minor or permission of MBA director or MBE advisor.
General Chemistry I
Fundamental concepts of chemistry including stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, and molecular structure. CHM 131 is a first course for science majors. 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 introduction to the interdisciplinary study of human/environmental relationships. Topics include the biosphere, ecosystems and how human socio-political factors interact with them. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
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. Prerequisites: BIO 101 or BIO 105; ENV 101; CHM 120 or CHM 161 or both CHM 131 and CHM 132.
Introduction to Earth Systems
A discovery-based introductory examination of the processes that shape our planet. Topics include the rock cycle, earthquakes, volcanoes, the Ice Age, and plate tectonics. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Credit may not be earned in both GEL 100 and GEL 101,102, 105 or 130. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
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.
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.
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. 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:
Sets, mathematical induction, functions, relations, theory of equations, analytic geometry. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Recommended: MTH 107, 109.
Limits, continuity, interpretations of the derivative, differentiation of elementary functions, applications of derivatives, antiderivatives, Riemann sums, definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 107, 109; or MTH 130. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Required Courses III
To complete training in four technical areas, select a minimum of 10 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.
Survey of pesticide characteristics and residue problems, hazardous wastes, ground and surface water contaminants, air pollution and acid rain, and other environmental pollution concerns. Prerequisites: BIO 110 or 240; CHM 132 or 161. Recommended: CHM 345.
Food Safety and Sanitation
Safe handling of foods as related to purchase, storage, preparation, and service. Certification in sanitation by the National Education Foundation is earned by passing exam. Prerequisites: FNS 160.
Introduction to the study of groundwater: groundwater occurrence and flow, groundwater in the hydrological cycle, groundwater quality and pollution, groundwater exploration, evaluation, and management. Field Trip Fee Required. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: One of: GEL 100 or GEL 101, 102 or GEL 105, 102 or GEL 130 or ENS 101; MTH 132 with a C- or better. Recommended: GEL 280.
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)
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; IET 327 or HSC 352; 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.
International Health Systems, Organizations and Policy
This course presents an overview of health systems structure, service delivery, administrative processes and policy dimensions from an international perspective. Health systems, programs and initiatives from various countries and cultural settings are studied as are global health agencies involved in the coordination of health improvement efforts. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Prerequisites: HSC 317.
A study of the principles and practices of safety management with emphasis on occupational safety standards and loss control. Prerequisite: CHM 120 or CHM 131; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.