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Lake Superior State University

Environmental Health: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The B.S. environmental health program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.

The B.S. in environmental health is offered in response to strong student, state and local government demand for an academic program to prepare students for careers in public health, environmental health and related fields. Graduates of this program will be prepared to seek employment in jobs with titles like public health officer, environmental technician, and scientist, as well as many others. After working in the field for a period of time, graduates may sit for the Registered Sanitarian (RS) examination and achieve state certification, or for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) examination and achieve national certification.

This program is similar to the successful environmental science degree, but includes many required elements that are specifically directed to public health. These include courses in Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems, Hydrology and Groundwater, Toxicology and Epidemiology, Public Health Care and Public Administration. Students participate in an applied research project in close collaboration with faculty members to address meaningful environmental health problems. These projects, through the excellent preparation they provide our students, are often cited as important factors in successful job searches and entry into graduate programs.



Degree Requirements


Degree Requirements (92 credits)

  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology: Organisms 4
  • BIOL204 General Microbiology 4
  • BIOL280 Biometrics 3
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM220 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
    or
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry 4
    and
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM231 Quantatitive Analysis 4
  • CHEM353 Introductory Toxicology 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • EVRN126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photography 2
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GPS and GIS 3
  • EVRN285 Principles of Epidemiology 3
  • EVRN311 Environmental Law 3
  • EVRN313 Solid & Hazardous Waste 3
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health Applications 4
  • EVRN341 Environmental Chemistry I: Water and Water Pollution Control 4
  • EVRN395 Junior Seminar 1
  • EVRN425 Environmental Systems Analysis 3
  • EVRN495 Senior Project 1
  • EVRN499 Senior Seminar 1
  • GEOL411 Hydrological Systems: Surface and Groundwater 4
  • HLTH210 Intro. to Health Care Concepts 3
  • HLTH328 Multicultural Approach to Health Care 3
  • INTD399 Internship in Environmental Health 4
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4

Other Departments (10 credits)

  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Sciences 4
    or
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • POLI201 Intro. to Public Administration 3

Directed Electives (9 credits)

Select from the following:

Other General Education (25 credits)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • Approved Social Science* 3
  • Approved Social Science* 3
  • Social Science Diversity* 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • Approved Humanities* 3

*Consult list for approved courses

A minimum of 128 credits must be earned for graduation with a 2.50 cumulative grade point average and a 2.50 major grade point average.


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.