Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Environmental Sustainability, Health, and Safety BS, BS/MS

Program Overview

RIT’s Environmental Sustainability, Health, and Safety BS, BS/MS degree prepares its graduates to work as environmental, sustainability health and safety (EHS) project and program specialists and managers for organizations in industry and government. Students are ready to eliminate, reduce, and control the release of pollutants into the environment and to manage health and safety hazards associated with an organization’s activities, products, and services. Students gain a strong foundation in the basic sciences; applied EHS science, technology and law; environmental sustainability, social responsibility, team building, effective communication, and leadership. Our graduates use this diverse skill set to solve real-life EHS issues and to help drive organizations towards environmental sustainability.
RIT’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management MS degree prepares its graduates to work as environmental, sustainability health and safety (EHS) project and program specialists, and managers for organizations in industry and government. Students are ready to develop and implement integrated EHS management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future.  In addition to managerial knowledge, program graduates have a solid technical foundation in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational safety and occupational health. Elements of sustainability are integrated into most of the core courses.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Dual Degree


  • Approximately 80 students enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • BS students are required to complete 4 co-op work assignments. Students are typically available for two 6-month assignments running spring-summer and summer-fall semesters.
  • BS/MS students are required to complete 3 co-op periods which includes 2 summers and 1 semester.

Salary Information

Co-op/BS:      $18.25                                  $14.00 - $23.00
Co-op/MS:     $21.00                                  $16.00 - $26.00
BS:                   ID
BS/MS, MS:    $60,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Pollution prevention and control,  solid and hazardous waste management, EHS regulatory interpretation and application, EHS problem solving and root cause analysis, EHS hazard and aspect identification and control, team building, EHS management system development and review, EHS inspections and record keeping, OSHA 40-hour Certification in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, accident investigation, industrial hygiene monitoring and control, environmental monitoring and measurement, and written and oral communication.

BS/MS Dual Degree
The BS/MS dual degree program combines two existing programs: the BS degree in Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety and the MS degree in Environmental, Health and Safety Management so both can be completed together in 5 years

Equipment & Facilities

Located in a LEED Silver building, the Environmental Occupation Health laboratory allows students to engage in extensive laboratory work in environmental geology, hydrology, occupational health and safety monitoring and measurement as well as environmental monitoring and measurement.

Nature of Work

Environmental Managers identify, assess, and resolve problems concerning the environment. They have also been known to design, install, operate, and maintain measuring devices that determine the level of pollutants in air, land, and water. The Environmental Manager also performs experiments and reports findings on the environmental consequences of equipment, tools, and procedures. Environmental Managers conduct required environmental tests, analysis and observations. The specialist evaluates results and makes recommendations as necessary for maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies.
Waste managers develop and implement procedures for the disposal of hazardous or contaminated materials in accordance with governmental regulations. They oversee the design and implementation of waste disposal systems and train staff in the safe and proper handling of waste materials. The waste management manager is also responsible for drafting and updating waste management policies and procedures. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)
Another goal is to make sure their company's procedures are not hurting the environment. The Environmental Manager implements and maintains company policies adhering to local, state, and federal environmental, health, and safety regulations. They are involved in the design and development of facilities, work areas, and work procedures and make environmental, health, and safety recommendations accordingly. Responsibilities also include preparing, maintaining, and updating environmental policy and procedure manuals. The manager ensures compliance with all environmental, health, and safety regulations, and keeps abreast of any changes to laws and regulations that impact the organization. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree is required for almost all entry-level environmental management jobs. College graduates with a degree in a physical science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some environment jobs, especially in specialties in high demand.

Job Outlook

Environmental Managers should have favorable job opportunities. Employment of environmental managers is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. More environmental managers will be needed to comply with environmental regulations and to develop methods of cleaning up existing hazards. A shift in emphasis toward preventing problems rather than controlling those that already exist, as well as increasing public health concerns, also will spur demand for environmental managers. Even though employment of environmental managers should be less affected by economic conditions than that of most other types of occupations, a significant economic downturn could reduce the emphasis on environmental protection, reducing environmental managers’ job opportunities. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)


Employment is expected to grow 4% from 2014 – 2024.  Although manufacturing and construction companies will still be among the leading users of their services, health & safety engineers/specialists are being employed in new areas to prevent costly accidents involving people and equipment and to ensure that employers are adhering to both existing and new regulations. (O.O.H.)

Significant Points

  • Overall job opportunities in environmental, health and safety are expected to be good. Based on the 2017 graduating class, 100% of ESHS graduates were employed in their chosen field or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Aerodynamics International, Alstom Transportation, American Packaging Corp, Avangrid, Barilla, Bendix, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharm, BorgWarner, Carestream Health, Constellation Brands, CooperVision, Corning, Cummins, Federal-Mogul Powertrain, GE Aviation, Harris, Langan Engineering & Environmental, LSI Solutions, Lydall Performance Materials, Mack Trucks/Volvo Trucks, Moog, Saint-Gobain Adfors America, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, SpaceX, Stantec Consulting, Tesla Motors, Thermo Fisher Scientific, TIMET, U of R – Lab for Laser Energetics, Vectrus, Wegmans, Xylem

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maureen Arquette, the career services coordinator who works with the Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Maureen Arquette, Assistant Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5081
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education .