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.

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.

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