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Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety BS

Todd Dunn, Department Chair
(585) 475-7213, gtdite@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/cetems

Program overview

The environmental sustainability, health, and safety major is focused on social responsibility for our activities and being good stewards of the products we make and the services we provide. The major prepares students to work as environmental sustainability, health, and safety professionals in both industry and government. Students gain a strong foundation in science; applied environmental, health and safety science and technology; and environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Students are prepared 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. The major emphasizes globally sustainable and socially responsible approaches and prepares professionals to lead various industries toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future.

Cooperative education

One year of cooperative education is required. Students may begin their first co-op in the spring of their third year. Co-op provides students with the opportunity to apply their skills in multiple, real-world situations before they graduate. Co-op students are especially valuable to organizations because they are well-qualified and well-prepared to take on the many interesting environmental projects organizations have difficulty completing without additional staff. Co-ops range from field research to office work, and employers range from government to industry.

Curriculum

Environmental sustainability, health and safety, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-100 Environmental Sustainability Health and Safety Seminar 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
CHMG-111, 112 LAS Perspective 5: General-Organic Biochemistry I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ESHS-150 Principles of Environmental Sustainability Health and Safety 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6: College Physics I w/lab 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ESHS-200 Environmental Geology 3
ESHS-201, 251 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement I, II 4
PHYS-112 College Physics II w/lab 3
BIOL-101, 103 General Biology I and Lab 4
TCOM-327 Environmental Health and Safety Communication 3
ESHS-250 Introduction to Hydrology 3
ESHS-310 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3
BIOL-102, 104 General Biology II and Lab 4
ESHS-320 Occupational Safety 3
Third Year
ESHS-330 Industrial Wastewater Management 3
  LAS Perspective 3 3
ESHS-511, 512 Occupational Health and Lab 4
  LAS Immersion 1 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
ESHS-299 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
ESHS-499 Cooperative Education (spring, summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ESHS-460 Environmental Health and Safety Accident Causation and Prevention 3
ESHS-500 Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability (WI) 3
  Professional Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
ESHS-225 Construction Safety 3
ESHS-480 Environmental Health and Safety Law 3
ESHS-525 Air Emissions Management 3
MGMT-215 Organizational Behavior 3
ESHS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ESHS-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ESHS-515 Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Management 3
ESHS-590 Capstone Project 3
  Professional Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 126

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

Options

Students may choose to use elective courses to pursue one of four options in alternative energy, environmental microbiology, ecological principles and conservation, or occupational safety and health.

Alternative energy

Alternative energy resources are important components of a more environmentally sustainable future. A group of three courses and corresponding labs provide a strong background in the most promising forms of alternative energy systems. 

EEET-251 Clean Energy Power Systems
EEET-252 Clean Energy Power Systems Lab
EEET-351 Solar Photovoltaic Applications
EEET-352 Solar Photovoltaic Applic Lab
EEET-353 Fuel Cell Systems
EEET-354 Fuel Cell Systems Lab
Environmental microbiology

Microbiological processes are major contributors to the ecological services we depend upon. Understanding the microbiology of natural systems is necessary to design efficient and sustainable systems to help us move forward to a more sustainable future.

BIOL-307 Microbiology of Wastewater
BIOL-310 Bioenergy: Microbial Production
BIOL-380 Bioremediation
Ecological principles and conservation

Loss of habitat and destruction of natural resources are important concerns for environmental professionals. This option helps students understand ecology and the preservation, enhancement, and use of ecological resources.

BIOL-371 Freshwater Ecology
BIOL-455 Biogeography
BIOL-218 Biology of Plants
BIOL-473 Marine Biology
BIOG-110 Field Biology
Occupational health and safety

Although the Environmental Protection Agency regulates the environment and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration regulates workplaces, roughly one-third of EPA and OSHA regulations have an overlap of responsibility. Many corporations now have a strong commitment to both the environment and to worker safety, and have combined their environmental, health and safety functions into a single unit. This option provides students with an opportunity to learn more about keeping workers safe from chemical and physical hazards.

ESHS-225 Construction Safety
ESHS-501 Fire Protection
ESHS-530 Mechanical and Electrical l Safeguarding
ESHS-550 Project Management
ESHS- 465 Product Stewardship
ESHS-570 EHS Risk Assessment, Management and Communication

Accelerated dual degree option

Students may pursue an accelerated dual degree (BS/MS) option, resulting in the simultaneous award of BS and MS degrees in environmental sustainability, health and safety management. This option requires the completion of 150 semester credit hours, plus three blocks of cooperative education experience. The program is for students who are already enrolled in the BS degree in environmental sustainability, health and safety, have completed at least three semesters of undergraduate study, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Environmental health and safety management, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-100 ESHS Seminar 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
CHMG-111 LAS Perspective 5: General Organic Biochemistry I w/ lab 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ESHS-150 Principles of ESHS 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6: College Physics I w/ lab 4
CHMG-112 General Organic Biochemistry II w/ lab 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ESHS-200

Environmental Geology

3
ESHS-201, 251 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement I, II 4
PHYS-112 College Physics II w/lab 4
BIOL-101, 103 General Biology I and Lab 4
TCOM-327 EHS Communication 3
ESHS-250 Introduction to Hydrology 3
ESHS-310 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3
BIOL-102 General Biology II and Lab 4
ESHS-320 Occupational Safety 3
Third Year
ESHS-330 Industrial Wastewater Management 3
  LAS Perspective 3 3
ESHS-511 Occupational Health 3
ESHS-512 Occupational Health Lab 1
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics I 3
  Professional Elective 3
ESHS-480 EHS Law 3
ESHS-525 Air Emissions Management 3
  Professional Elective 3
Fourth Year
ESHS-460 EHS Accident Causation and Prevention 3
ESHS-720 EHS Management 3
  Professional Elective 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ESHS-515 Corporate EHS Management 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  Free Elective 6
Fifth Year
ESHS-780 EHS Systems Review and Auditing  3
  Professional Electives (Graduate) 9
ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility 3
ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management 3
ESHS-740 EHS Systems Design 3
ESHS-797 Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 150

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The environmental sustainability, health, and safety program is focused on social responsibility for our activities and being good stewards of the products we make and the services we provide. The program prepares students to work as environmental sustainability, health, and safety professionals in both industry and government. Students gain a strong foundation in science; applied environmental, health and safety science and technology; sustainability and social responsibility; and are provided with the basic tools of financial management, team building, and leadership.

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. The program emphasizes globally sustainable and socially responsible approaches and prepares professionals to become leaders in moving toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future.

The most rewarding aspect of an environmental management and technology career is that students can start making a difference right away. There is so much that can be done at every level that students will feel good about their contributions from their first day on the job.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Environmental sustainability, health and safety, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0630-200 ESHS Seminar 1
0608-199 First-Year Experience 2
1016-225 Algebra for Management Science 4
1011-215, 216, 205, 206 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II and Lab 9
0630-201 Principles of ESHS 4
1004-212, 232 Human Biology II and Lab 4
1005-210 Field Biology 4
0688-327 Environmental Communications 4
1011-202 Foundations of Organic Chemistry 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Second Year
1017-211 College Physics I 4
1016-226 Calculus for Management Science 4
1017-212 College Physics II 4
1016-319, 320 Data Analysis I, II 10
  Economics 4
0608-225 Problem Solving and Communication with Computers 2
0630-370, 372 Environmental Geology and Lab 4
0630-450, 451 Occupational Health and Lab 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0630-352 Industrial Wastewater Management 4
0630-380, 382 Hydrology and Lab 4
0101-301 Financial Accounting 4
0630-454 Occupational Safety 4
0630-350 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 4
0630-354 Air Emissions Management 4
0630-360, 362 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement and Lab 4
0509-211 Ethics 4
0606-099 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
0630-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0630-480 EHS Law 4
0630-463 Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability 4
0102-320 Organizational Behavior 4
0630-450 Occupational Health 4
0630-461 EHS Accident Causation and Prevention 4
0633-505, 506 Construction Safety/Lab 4
  Free Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0630-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0630-515 Corporate EHS Management 4
  ESHS Capstone Proposal 2
  Professional Electives 8
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Free Elective 8
0630-591 ESHS Capstone Project 2
0630-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours
193

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Environmental sustainability, health and safety, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-100 Enironmental Sustainability Health and Safety Seminar 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar  3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
CHMG-111 LAS Perspective 5: General-Organic Biochemistry 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ESHS-150 Principles of Enironmental Sustainability Health and Safety 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6: College Physics I w/lab 4
CHMG-112 General-Organic Biochemistry 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ESHS-200 Environmental Geology 3
ESHS-201 Environmental Mointoring and Measurement I 2
PHYS-112 College Physics II w/lab 3
BIOL-101 General Biology I 3
BIOL-103 General Biology Lab 1
TCOM-327 Enironmental Health and Safety Communication 3
ESHS-250 Introduction to Hydrology 3
ESHS-251 Environmental Mointoring and Measurement II 2
ESHS-310 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3
BIOL-102 General Biology II 3
BIOL-104 General Biology II Lab 1
ESHS-320 Occupational Safety 3
Third Year
ESHS-330 Industrial Wastewater Management 3
  LAS Perspective 3 3
ESHS-340 Occupational Health 3
ESHS-341 Occupational Health Lab 1
  LAS Immersion 1 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
ESHS-299 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
ESHS-499 Cooperative Education (spring, summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ESHS-460 Enironmental Health and Safety Accident Causation and Prevention 3
ESHS-500 Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability (WI) 3
ESHS-526 Exposure Assessment and Analysis 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
ESHS-325 Construction Safety 3
ESHS-480 Enironmental Health and Safety Law 3
ESHS-350 Air Emissions Management 3
MGMT-215 Organizational Behavior 3
ESHS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ESHS-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ESHS-515 Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Management 3
ESHS-590 Capstone Project 3
  Professional Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 126

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Electives

A wide variety of electives within the curriculum permit students to develop various competency areas or pursue areas of interest in greater depth.

Technical electives

Students take at least three professional electives from one of the following sequences. With departmental approval, professional electives may be selected from existing courses in other RIT colleges. Also, independent study projects may be pursued for credit in cases where students demonstrate unusual ability and obtain sponsorship of a faculty adviser.

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
Environmental consulting
0630-444 Remedial Investigation and Corrective Action  
0630-490 Project Management  
0630-500 Contaminant Hydrology  
0630-570 Environmental Risk Management and Communication  
Health and safety
0633-530 Mechanical and Electrical Controls  
0633-401 Fire Protection  
0303-415 Ergonomics  
Alternative energy
1055-300 The Greening of RIT (Honors)  
1011-305 Introduction to Hydrogen Technology  
0521-451 Energy Policy  
0630-500 Special Topic: Alternative Energy Resources  
0304-629 Renewable Energy Systems  
0304-633 Sustainable Energy Management  
Sustainability
0106-401 Operations and Supply Chain Management  
0630-465 Product Stewardship  
0508-490 Biodiversity and Society  
0508-491 Sustainable Communities  
0630-505 Resource Reduction  
Emergency management
0634-401 Emergency Preparedness Law  
0634-471 Emergency Planning and Methodology  
0634-474 Counter Terrorism for the First Responder  
0634-481 Emergency Operations  

Cooperative education

A minimum of four quarters of cooperative education is required. Students start their first co-op experience in the spring of their third year. Co-op provides students with the opportunity to apply their skills in multiple, real-world situations before they graduate. Our co-op students are especially valuable to organizations because they are well-qualified and well-prepared to take on the many interesting environmental projects organizations seem never to have the time to get done otherwise. Co-ops range from field research to office work, and employers range from government to industry.

Accelerated dual degree program

Qualified undergraduate students may pursue an accelerated, five-year, dual degree (BS/MS) option, resulting in the simultaneous award of BS and MS degrees in environmental sustainability, health and safety management. The program requires the completion of 232 quarter credit hours, including 50 quarter credit hours of graduate course work, plus three quarters of cooperative education experience. The program is an option for students who are already enrolled in the BS in environmental sustainability, health and safety program, have completed at least four quarters of undergraduate study, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.

Environmental sustainability, health and safety management, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1011-205, 206, 215, 216 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II, and Labs 9
1016-225 Algebra for Management Science 4
1016-226 Calculus for Management Science 4
0630-200 Environmental Management, Health, and Safety Seminar 1
0630-201 Principles of Environmental Management 4
1011-202 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, Lab 4
1005-210 Field Biology 4
0688-327 Environmental Communication 4
1004-212, 232 Human Biology II, Lab 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
  Wellness Education† 0
1016-319, 320 Data Analysis I, II 10
  Professional Elective 4
1017-211, 212, 271, 272 College Physics I, II, and Labs 8
0630-370, 372 Environmental Geology, Lab 4
0608-225 Problem Solving and Communication with Computers 2
0630-450, 451 Occupational Health 5
  Liberal Arts* 16
  Free Elective 4
0606-099 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
0630-380, 382 Introduction to Hydrology, Lab 4
0630-350 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 4
0630-454 Occupational Safety 4
0630-526 Exposure Assessment and Analysis 4
0630-354 Air Emissions Management 4
0630-352 Industrial Wastewater Management 4
0630-360, 362 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement, Lab 4
0630-461 Principles of EHS Accident Causation and Prevention 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Free Elective 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0630-480 EHS I 4
0630-515 Corporate EHS Management 4
0630-463 Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability 4
  Professional Graduate Elective 4
  Professional Undergraduate Electives 8
  Free Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
0630-755 Research Methods 4
0102-701 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0630-720 EHS Management 4
0630-725 EHS Accounting and Finance 4
0630-740 EHS Management System Design 4
0630-760 Integrating EHS into Business Management 4
0630-790 EHS Internal Auditing 4
0630-890 Thesis Planning§ 4
0630-891, 899 Graduate Project/Thesis 4
  Professional Graduate Electives 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 229‡

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ The total credit hours include 181 quarter credit hours of undergraduate course work and 48 quarter credit hours of graduate course work.

§ If student is not completing a thesis, they may select a professional elective in place of Thesis Planning (0630-890).

Environmental health and safety management, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-100 ESHS Seminar 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar  3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
CHMG-111 LAS Perspective 5: General Organic Biochemistry I w/ lab 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ESHS-150 Principles of ESHS 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6: College Physics I w/ lab 4
CHMG-112 General Organic Biochemistry II w/ lab 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ESHS-200

Environmental Geology

3
ESHS-201 Env Mon and Meas I 2
PHYS-112 College Physics II w/lab 4
BIOM-112 Human Biology II 3
TCOM-327 EHS Communication 3
ESHS-250 Introduction to Hydrology 3
ESHS-251 Env Mon and Meas II 2
ESHS-310 Field Biology 4
ESHS-320 Occupational Safety 3
Third Year
ESHS-330 Industrial Wastewater Management 3
  LAS Perspective 3 3
ESHS-340 Occupational Health 3
ESHS-341 Occupational Health Lab 1
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics I 3
ESHS-325 Construction Safety 3
ESHS-480 EHS Law 3
ESHS-350 Air Emissions Management 3
MGMT-215 Organizational Behavior 3
Fourth Year
ESHS-460 EHS Accident Causation and Prevention 3
ESHS-660 EHS Management 3
ESHS-440 Exposure Assessment and Analysis 3
ESHS-710 Research Methods 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ESHS-515 Corporate EHS Management 3
ESHS-715 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-740 EHS Systems Design 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  Free Elective 3
Fifth Year
ESHS-780 EHS Systems Review and Auditing  3
  Professional Electives (Graduate) 9
ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility (WI) 3
ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management 3
  Free Elective 3
ESHS-797 Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 149

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.