Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety
This baccalaureate degree program prepares its graduates to work as environmental project managers and program managers both in industry and in government. Students gain a strong foundation in science and applied environmental science and are provided with the basic tools of financial management, team building and leadership. They learn the applicable environmental laws, regulations and the appropriate technologies for protecting air, water and land resources. They are ready to eliminate, reduce and control releases of pollutants into the environment. The BS program was developed and is governed by an advisory committee of successful environmental professionals and employers.
In its 1997 report, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK, the United Nations Environment Programme concludes that, "during the past decade, the environment has continued to degrade and significant problems still persist." It charges that "the pace at which the world is moving toward a sustainable future is simply too slow." Society is beginning to realize that environmental resources are finite, valuable and must not be used at a rate faster than that at which they can be replenished naturally. The question is, how do we change our resource-intensive systems of production and consumption toward that end? Answering this question is, in part, the job of the Environmental Manager. It's a big job for sure, but while some of what we need to do in pursuit of a sustainable future will take lots of time, involve research and require new knowledge, most of it involves caring about the environment, using common sense to prevent pollution from occurring in the first place, and considering the impacts of everything we do.
There Is Much To Be Done
RIT's BS degree program in Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety prepares students to move the organizations in which they work toward sustainability. Since the concept is so new, there is much to be done. Activities range from simple tasks like keeping contaminated wastewater separated from clean water (you'd be surprised at how many people haven't thought of doing this) to helping determine how a product can be manufactured using less energy or without using toxic materials.
Make a Difference Right Away
The most rewarding aspect of an Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety career is that you can start making a difference right away. There is just so much that can be done at every level of effort that you'll feel good about your contribution from the first day on the job. And, you don't have to wait until graduation to begin helping the environment! Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety students start their first Co-op jobs in the spring of their third year. Our Co-op students are especially helpful to the organizations for which they work because they are qualified and ready to take on some of the many environmental projects that the organizations seem never to have the time to otherwise get done.
Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety, BS
Environmental Management & Technology shall create and maintain a high-quality, practitioner oriented educational program in the forefront of environmental technology, policy and practice.
Program Educational Objectives:
- Prepare our students to assume professional positions as environmental managers in industry and government.
- Provide our students with the necessary skills to advance towards leadership positions.
- Responsibility so they may manage environmental projects and programs responsibly and efficiently.
Types of jobs a person might have in this field
- Assistant Director of Environmental, Health and Safety
- Associate Environmental Scientist
- Chemical Operations Manager
- Director of Environmental, Health and Safety
- Director of Risk Management and Insurance
- Division EHS Engineer
- EH&S Administrator
- EHS Specialist
- Environment & Safety Division Manager
- Environmental Coordinator
- Environmental Engineer
- Environmental Manager
- Environmental Resource Manager
- Environmental Scientist
- Environmental Specialist
- Environmental Technician
- Environmental, and Safety Coordinator
- Environmental, Health and Safety Coordinator
- Environmental, Health and Safety Engineer
- Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
- Environmental, Health and Safety Regulatory Affairs Manager
- Environmental, Health and Safety Senior Engineer
- Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist
- Global Health and Safety Manager
- Health and Safety Representative
- Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist
- HS&E Team Leader/Product Steward
- Industrial Hygienist
- International Standards Coordinator, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001
- ISO 14001 Manager- Worldwide Operations
- Manager, Environmental Policies & Program
- Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety and Security
- Manager, Health, Safety and Environment
- Manager, Nuclear Safety & Emergency Management
- Maritime Casualty Investigator
- Product Compliance Manager
- Project Manager
- Project Safety Manager
- Project Scientist
- Recycling Coordinator
- Recycling Program Manager
- Regional Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
- Regulatory Affairs Manager
- Remediation Manager
- Research Fellow
- Safety and Health Specialist
- Safety Manager
- Safety Specialist
- Safety, Health and Environmental Engineer
- Safety, Health and Environmental Engineer
- Safety, Security & Environmental Manager
- Senior Corporate Auditor
- Senior Environmental Engineer
- Senior Environmental Engineer- Worldwide Facilities
- Senior Occupational Safety and Health Engineer
- Senior Safety Engineer
- Sr. Project Scientist
- Staff Environmental Engineer
- Sustainability Coordinator
- Sustainability Manager
- Technical Consultant/Account Manager
- Voluntary Protection Program Manager
Please see the official RIT typical course sequence page for semesters here. Please note - an accelerated BS/MS option is available. Scroll down on the official typical course sequence page for details.
Course descriptions for semesters will be coming soon.