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Environmental Health
Bachelor of Science

Curriculum Coordinator: Lee Newman


Program launches Fall 2014

SUNY-ESF’s bachelor of science in environmental health focuses on the study of how people interact with their environment: the air and water around us, the plants and animals we encounter, and the workplaces and homes where we spend much of our lives. The field is a broad one, encompassing both the direct effects of the environment on human health and the factors that could, in the long term, adversely affect the ecological balances that are essential to both human health and environmental quality.


With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, you can enter the field of:

  • Air Pollution Analysis and Control
  • Surface Water Monitoring and Regulation
  • Drinking Water and Ground Water Remediation and Testing
  • Hazardous Waste Reduction and Remediation
  • Solid Waste Control
  • Toxicology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Emergency Management
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Response
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Occupational Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Public Health

Or continue your education in: Medical School or Graduate school in Environmental Health, Public Health, or any of the fields listed above

The environmental health program educates students about the intersection of human health and the environment, specifically, the analysis, prevention and mitigation of potential environmental hazards that could be biological, chemical or physical. The program prepares students for employment in private industry, government agencies, and non-governmental agencies concerned with pollution abatement, protection of public health, and research in health science or advanced study in the science of environmental health or the allied health professions.

In addition to knowledge of the subject matter, graduates will have important skills in critical thinking and applied problem solving to help face current and future environmental threats. Graduates will be prepared for jobs in the currently understaffed national environmental health workforce.

The program is designed for accreditation by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.

Coursework for the Environmental Health major includes core courses in biology and both general and organic chemistry, with classwork and labs; environmental health; information literacy; calculus; physics; environmental microbiology; environmental sampling methods; food safety and quality assurance; atmospheric sciences; epidemiology; environmental risk assessment; and hazardous/solid waste management. A summer internship/professional experience and a senior synthesis are also required.

In addition, students will take general education electives covering biology, chemistry, calculus, writing, humanities, social science, the arts and world civilizations. Electives are also recommended in areas such as biochemistry, vertebrate anatomy, immunology, ecology, conservation biology and parasitology.

Students will also take credits in one of seven focus areas: built environment, geospatial technology, soils, water and wastewater, solid/hazardous materials and waste management, hydrogeology, and food production.

Students will earn 122 credit hours in obtaining the degree.

The outlook for students in the environmental health field is promising. Employment growth of nearly 30 percent is predicted by 2018, with 18 percent growth in New York, which is a leader in the field. Employment opportunities exist with public health departments, no-profit organizations, government agencies, private companies, environmental research corporations and state environmental health associations.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes for the undergraduate (B.S.) program in environmental science are to produce graduates who:

  1. Are knowledgeable of examples of global, regional and local environmental problems and issues,
  2. Are competent to perform in a graduate education or entry-level work environment,
  3. Have a sufficient knowledge base and tools to function effectively,
  4. Have the ability to conceptualize environmental problems in terms of unifying principles,
  5. Are capable of utilizing a systems approach to problem solving, and
  6. Can communicate their ideas and expectations effectively.

Participating Faculty

  • Susan Anagnost
  • Greg Boyer
  • Margaret Bryant
  • John Castello
  • Kelley Donaghy
  • Melissa Fierke
  • John Hassett
  • Shijie Liu
  • Huiting Mao
  • Sharon Moran
  • Lee Newman, Faculty Leader
  • Sadie Ryan
  • Christopher Whipps

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