In this environmental sustainability major, you'll learn how environmentally sustainable practices support environmental protections and champion efforts to make industries cleaner and communities safer.
Students obtain skills in 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.
Program facilities equipment
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.
Program job titles reported
Associate Environmental Engineer; Chemistry Lab Supervisor; Environmental Health and Safety Specialist; Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator; Environmental Health Specialist; Environmental Scientist; Lecturer; Risk Control Specialist; Senior HSE Representative; Senior Safety Officer
Select program hiring partners
AVANGRID; BAE Systems; Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems; BorgWarner; Carestream Health, CooperVision; Cornell University; Corning Incorporated; EMCOR Group; John Deere; Kiewit; L3Harris Technologies; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Micron Technology; Optimation Industrial Services; Oshkosh Corp, Precision Castparts Corp; Saint-Gobain; SIENNA Environmental Technologies; SPS Technologies; Seagate Technology; Triumvirate Environmental (TEI)
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What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.
Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Students in the environmental sustainability, health and safety degree are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer blocks. You'll alternate periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in your career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education (e.g., study abroad, research, military service) may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op advisor to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.