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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

Major Requirements (111 credits)

Chemistry Courses (21 credits)

Environmental Courses (44 credits)

  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • NSCI104 Environmental Science Lab 1
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GPS and GIS 3
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • EVRN311 Environmental Law 3
  • EVRN313 Solid & Hazardous Waste 3
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health Applications 4
  • EVRN341 Environmental Chemistry I 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

Support Courses (34 credits)

  • BIOL131 General Biology:  Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology:  Organisms 4
  • BIOL204 General Microbiology 4
  • BIOL285 Principles of Epidemiology 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • One semester of College Physics with Lab 4
  • 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 (6 credits)

Select from the following:

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 136 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.50 or higher.  A gpa of 2.50 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

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