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Curriculum Coordinator: Lee Newman
Environmental health focuses on the study of how people interact with their environmentthe 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 broad, encompassing the direct effects of the environment on human health, and the factors that adversely affect the ecological balances essential to human health and environmental quality.
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.
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- SUNY Center for Environmental Health & Medicine
Program outcomes for the undergraduate (B.S.) program in environmental science are to produce graduates who:
- Are knowledgeable of examples of global, regional and local environmental problems and issues,
- Are competent to perform in a graduate education or entry-level work environment,
- Have a sufficient knowledge base and tools to function effectively,
- Have the ability to conceptualize environmental problems in terms of unifying principles,
- Are capable of utilizing a systems approach to problem solving, and
- Can communicate their ideas and expectations effectively.
With a degree 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
- Industrial Hygiene
- Emergency Management
- 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
Name and Interests
Address / Email
|Anagnost, Susan E.|
Director, Tropical Timber Information Center; wood anatomy, wood decay, microscopy
|101 Baker Laboratory|
|Boyer, Gregory L.|
biochemistry and environmental chemistry, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. environmental monitoring, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
|320 Jahn Laboratory|
|Briggs, Russell D.|
forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
|202 Baker Laboratory|
|Bryant, M. Margaret|
urban sustainability and resilience; landscape planning; urban environmental science; urban design; ecological design; ecosystem services, physical planning, and social equity in cities; landscape conservation; climate adaptation; design theory; interdisciplinary education and practice
|Collins, Mary B.|
socio-environmental systems; environmental health inequality; environmental justice; environmental sociology; environmental risk perception; computational quantitative methods; Bayesian modeling; disproportionality; industrial pollution policy and health
|215 Baker Laboratory|
|Fierke, Melissa K.|
forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
|242 Illick Hall|
molecular microbial ecology, eDNA, microbial water quality, microbial source-tracking, SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, forest soil nitrification, Hg-methylation
|201 Illick Hall|
|Hassett, John P.|
environmental chemistry, aquatic chemistry
|321 Jahn Laboratory|
|Leopold, Donald J.|
forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
|333 Illick Hall|
|Leydet, Brian F.|
infectious and vector-borne diseases, arthropods of veterinary and medical importance, vector biology, vector-pathogen-host interactions, disease ecology, molecular biology, epidemiology of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
| Illick Hall|
bioengineering, fermentation, kinetics, separation, pulping, bleaching, fiber properties, sustainability, biofuel, renewable chemicals, biomaterials
|302 Walters Hall|
environmental chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, regional to global budgets of trace gases, long range transport, continental export, climate change
|420 Jahn Laboratory|
environmental health, exposure assessment, air pollution, cardiopulmonary health, in vitro models, environmental noise, epidemiology, public health
|316 Jahn Laboratory|
|Moran, Sharon D.|
environmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policy
|224 Baker Laboratory|
phytoremediation, molecular and cellular biology, horticultural therapy, food and health
|248 Illick Hall|
ecotoxicology, limnology, environmental toxicology, mercury
|207 Illick Hall|
fish parasites and diseases, wildlife diseases, parasitology, microbiology, taxonomy, molecular systematics, diagnostics, parasites as biological tags and ecological indicators, epidemiology and control of pathogens of ecological and veterinary importance, evolution and biology of disease causing organisms in animal populations using molecular systematics
|133 Illick Hall|