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B.S. in Environmental Health Science

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Alan Rossner, Director

Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) is a multidisciplinary program at Clarkson University focused on the study of how the natural and built environment impacts human health.   In this continually evolving field, students  study human exposure to chemicals, indoor air quality, water quality, air quality assessments in communities downwind of factories or busy highways, hazardous waste site assessment, and environmental sustainability.  EHS practitioners anticipate, measure, and control hazardous biological, chemical, and physical agents.  EHS specialist work closely with engineers, occupational health physicians, nurses, safety specialists, and physical therapists to identify the chemical and physical agents responsible for disease in the our living environments, as well as hazard control and management strategies.

The EHS curriculum is rigorous and effectively prepares students to work in the important area of environmental health and safety. In addition, the EHS curriculum is well suited as a preparatory degree for students interested in pursuing a professional degree in health sciences, including physical therapy, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary school.  The program in Environmental Health Science stresses a strong background in the basic sciences, specific course work in Environmental Health and safety, and industrial hygiene experience gained through laboratory exercises in environmental monitoring, field trips, co-op and internships.

The Goal of Clarkson University's Environmental Health Science Program is to promote the prevention of illness and injury due to environmental and occupational hazards through education, training, and applied research.

Objectives:

  • Recognize and evaluate types of occupational and environmental health hazards present in modern workplace and community environments.
  • Study methods used to detect and quantify hazards, and the implement technologies used to control health hazards .
  • Understand biological responses from exposures to hazardous agents
  • Describe and evaluate regulations and policies associated with environmental health
  • Develop the skills to manage and control hazards and risks
  • Complete an independent EHS research experience
  • Prepare students for a career in Environmental Health Science with a coordinated multidisciplinary education using a curriculum based on a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, biology, engineering and health sciences such as toxicology and epidemiology.

REQUIREMENTS
Areas of Study Credit Hours
Chemistry 23-25
Biology/Environmental Science 16
Mathematics & Statistics 9
Physics 8
EHS/Industrial Hygiene 18
Clarkson Common Experience 18
Engineering Electives 6
Professional Electives 9
Free Electives 8-10
Capstone Research 3
  12
Total 120
 Environmental Health Science Curriculum1
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
BY140 Biology I
3
BY160 Biology II
3
BY142 Biology I Lab
2
BY162 Biology II  Lab
2
CM103  Structure and Bonding
3
  CM104 Chemistry Equilib. and Dynamics
3
CM105  Chemistry Lab 1 
2
  CM106 Chemistry Lab II 
2
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar 
3
    Statistics 
3
EV100 Intro to Env. Science & Policy
1
  MA 181 or MA 132 Math Course 
3
FY100  First-Year Seminar
1
     
 
MA 180 or MA 131  Math Course
3
       
   
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16
   
     
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CM241 Organic Chemistry I
3
  CM242 Organic Chemistry II
3
BY222 Ecology
3
  CM244

Organic Chemistry Lab

3
EV200 Environmental Sustainability
2
    Lab or Physical Chem. I (CM 370)
  KA/UC # 1
3
  PH132/PH142 Physics II
4
PH131/PH141 Physics I
4
  IH310 Intro to Industrial Hygiene
3
 
  IH309 Intro to IH Lab
2
   
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CM221 Spectroscopy 
3
    Chemistry/Bio/Eng Elective
3
CM223  Spectroscopy Lab 
3
    KA/UC 
3
IH405  Methods and Analysis 
4
  CE340  Intro to Environmental Eng
3
IH 416 Intro to Toxicology and Epid

3

  EV399  Capstone Proposal 
1
  KA/UC # 2
3
    KA/UC # 3

3

 
    Statistics course
3
   
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
IH330  EHS Management 
3
  IH481  Advanced Topics in EOH 
3
EV400  Capstone 
3
    KA/UC # 5
3
IH406  Ind Hyg controls
3
    ES432 Risk Analysis1
3
CE 486 Industrial Ecology
3
  EV401  Capstone 
1
  KA/UC # 4
3
    Free Elective
3
 
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A technology course will be required if one of the major courses does not fulfill this requirement.

2  Or other suitable Biology/Chemistry/Engineering course.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE (EHS) COURSES
EV100   Introduction to Environmental Science & Policy
EV 313   Biogeochemical Systems Science
IH309    Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
IH310    Introduction to Industrial Hygiene Laboratory

IH330  Env Health and Safety Management
IH405    Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
IH406    Industrial Hygiene Control Methods
IH416    Principles of Toxicology & Epidemiology
IH481    Advanced Topics in EOH
IH491-498    Research in EHS