Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety bachelor of science degree

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Overview

Become an environmental, health and safety champion by helping industries produce goods and services that avoid environmental contamination, that use less water and precious resources, and that avoid subjecting workers to hazardous conditions and materials.


This is the major that allows you to be the change that the world needs, preparing you to be a champion of environmental sustainability, health and safety. You will gain the skills to help industries produce goods and services without contaminating the environment, and without subjecting workers to hazardous conditions and chemicals. The program emphasizes global sustainability approaches and will prepare you to be a professional leader in moving toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. Our graduates are in great demand with careers focusing on responsibility and accountability for the environmental, health and safety impacts of human activities, and helping companies become good stewards of the products they make and the services they provide.

The Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety BS degree prepares you to work as an environmental sustainability, health and safety (EHS) project and program specialist and manager for organizations in industry and government. The major teaches you to be champions of environmental sustainability and health & safety in industry and society. Graduates of our program help industries produce goods and services without contaminating the environment, without subjecting the workers to hazardous conditions and chemicals, and using less energy and fewer precious resources. The major is focused on responsibility and accountability for environmental, health and safety impacts of human activities and being good stewards of the products we make and the services we provide. Our graduates work for environmental protection organizations, Fortune 100 companies, environmental consultancies, universities, and government agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, and NYSDEC.

You will be 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. You will gain a diverse skill set based on a strong foundation in basic sciences; applied environmental, health and safety science and technology; sustainability and social responsibility, and the basic tools of team building, effective communication, and leadership. ESHS graduates develop solutions for real-life environmental, health & safety problems, and drive organizations towards environmental sustainability.

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. 

Options

Several options are available to students that provide focused study in specific areas of environmental sustainability, health and safety. Options are not required, however, students may choose to use elective courses to pursue one of the options to gain expertise in a particular area.

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.

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.

Surveying and geospatial analysis

Understanding geographic and spatial relationships through visual analysis offer insight into problem complexity and potential solutions. Familiarity with approaches to survey and analyze geospatial resources enhances the capabilities of ESHS students to assess needs and strategies for managing environmental sustainability.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education, or co-op, is an increasingly valuable integrated, co-curricular experience required by many programs in the college. Students gain real-world experience and make life-long professional connections while earning a salary, which may help offset college costs. Engineering technology students are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer terms, alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in their career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education, such as study abroad, research, or military service, may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

Industries


  • Manufacturing

  • Natural Resources

  • Legal and Law Enforcement

  • Scientific and Technical Consulting

Curriculum

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-100
ESHS Seminar
This course will present the key concepts of environmental sustainability, health and safety through experiential learning and the perspective of professional practitioners. Through a series of field trips, presentations, and discussions, students will learn how EHS professionals function in the work environment.
3
MATH-161
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus
This course is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus, including the study of functions and graphs, limits, continuity, the derivative, derivative formulas, applications of derivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integral approximation, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, and geometric series. Applications in business, management sciences, and life sciences will be included with an emphasis on manipulative skills.
4
CHMG-141
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I
This is a general chemistry course for students in the life and physical sciences. College chemistry is presented as a science based on empirical evidence that is placed into the context of conceptual, visual, and mathematical models. Students will learn the concepts, symbolism, and fundamental tools of chemistry necessary to carry on a discourse in the language of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between atomic structure, chemical bonds, and the transformation of these bonds through chemical reactions. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are introduced throughout the course to emphasize the connection between chemistry and the other sciences.
3
CHMG-145
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-141 lecture material. The course emphasizes laboratory techniques and data analysis skills. Topics include: gravimetric, volumetric, thermal, titration and spectrophotometric analyses, and the use of these techniques to analyze chemical reactions.
1
CHMG-142
General and Analytical Chemistry II
The course covers the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. The relationship between energy and entropy change as the driving force of chemical processes is emphasized through the study of aqueous solutions. Specifically, the course takes a quantitative look at: 1) solubility equilibrium, 2) acid-base equilibrium, 3) oxidation-reduction reactions and 4) chemical kinetics.
3
CHMG-146
General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-142 lecture material. The course emphasizes the use of experiments as a tool for chemical analysis and the reporting of results in formal lab reports. Topics include the quantitative analysis of a multicomponent mixture using complexation and double endpoint titration, pH measurement, buffers and pH indicators, the kinetic study of a redox reaction, and the electrochemical analysis of oxidation reduction reactions.
1
ESHS-150
Principles of ESHS
This course presents an overview of the principles of environmental sustainability, health and safety that allows students to think critically about current environmental sustainability, health and safety issues.
3
PHYS-111
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): College Physics I with Lab
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
 
First Year Writing
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
ESHS-200
Environmental Geology
An introduction to geology from an environmental geology perspective, including topics related to sustainability of geologic resources. Basic geology topics include earth materials and internal forces. Environmental topics include erosion, mass wasting, river systems, and environmental sampling. Sustainability of earth resources is explored, including strategic and industrial minerals, and the long-term viability of fossil fuels.
3
ESHS-201
Environmental Monitoring and Measurement I
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in geologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn to describe and analyze surficial and shallow subsurface geological features, and to plan, execute, and interpret sampling events.
2
ESHS-251
Environmental Monitoring and Measurement II
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in hydrologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn field skills to support surface water investigations, groundwater investigations, and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will also learn to specify sampling any chemical analysis for contaminated sites, and to use common air and water quality field analytical instruments.
2
PHYS-112
College Physics II with Lab
This course is an introduction to algebra-based physics focusing on thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and elementary topics in modern physics. Topics include heat and temperature, laws of thermodynamics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, DC electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, opyics, the concept of the photon, and the Bohr model of the atom. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
BIOL-101
General Biology I
This course serves as an introduction to cellular, molecular, and evolutionary biology. Topics will include: a study of the basic principles of modern cellular biology, including cell structure and function; the chemical basis and functions of life, including enzyme systems and gene expression; and the origin of life and evolutionary patterns of organism development on Earth.
3
BIOL-103
General Biology I Lab
This course provides laboratory work to complement the lecture material of General Biology I. The experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of basic cellular and molecular biology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for microscopy, and improve ability to make, record and interpret observations.
1
TCOM-327
EHS Communication
Communication of environmental, health and safety information and issues is critical for awareness, information, and action. Students develop skill in reporting and conveying environmental and scientific information as well as an understanding of the role of the media and public relations in the environmental communication process. Course participants also learn strategies and formats for communicating safety information, especially in procedures and instructional materials. Writing and speaking skills are sharpened for successful business, media, and crisis communication.
3
ESHS-250
Introduction to Hydrology
This course will cover most subdisciplines within the broad field of hydrology. Students will learn the theoretical background, and practical applications of selected aspects of the science including the hydrologic cycle, surface water calculations, vadose zone flow, groundwater hydraulics, groundwater monitoring, water chemistry, and groundwater contaminant transport. The class culminates in an investigation of a mock contaminated site in which the students apply aspects of all of the above mentioned topics. Hydrology has important applications for environmental managers, and these applications will be highlighted in the class.
3
ESHS-310
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
An examination of strategies and technologies to move an organization toward environmental sustainability, including resource use reduction, material substitution, process and product modification, and waste minimization; and for handling and managing wastes including treatment, storage, transport, and disposal storing solid and hazardous waste. Associated environmental impacts, regulatory concerns, technical feasibility, and costs are considered.
3
ESHS-290
Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability (WI)
This course will introduce social responsibility concepts and approaches presented in key documents like the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard and the Universal Bill of Human Rights, and will explore the web of relationships in which an organization or a community exists, with the objective of providing the foundational knowledge necessary to plan a strategy for closing the gap between the activities, products and services of the organization or community and the ecosystem within which it exists.
3
ESHS-320
Occupational Safety
This course is an overview of the occupational safety management tools and techniques utilized in today's industry. Topics examined include OSHA requirements, record keeping, guarding, electrical safety material handling, welding, fire prevention, excavation, medical surveillance, worker's compensation, inspection techniques, auditing, committees, incentives, and voluntary programs.
3
Third Year
ESHS-330
Industrial Wastewater Management
This course investigates characteristics and sources of industrial wastewaters, related environmental impacts, regulatory implications, and technical considerations of current treatment and disposal methodologies. Students learn to identify appropriate methods, technologies, and sequences for source reduction, treatment and pretreatment, direct discharge, and management of treatment residuals.
3
ESHS-511
Occupational Health
This course will provide students with the the fundamentals of industrial hygiene and public health. Emphasis will be on the toxicological effects of various chemical, biological, and physical insults on the body, monitoring and personal sampling for these substances, personal protection, and controls against such substances will be covered.
3
ESHS-512
Occupational Health Lab
Weekly labs and associated reports develop skills and understanding of calibration and use of air sampling equipment and other instrumentation to assess workplace health hazards. Hands-on practical hazardous material response. Students who complete the course will receive OSHA HAZWOPER 40 hour certification.
1
STAT-145
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics I
This course introduces statistical methods of extracting meaning from data, and basic inferential statistics. Topics covered include data and data integrity, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, numeric summary measures, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis of the course is on statistical thinking rather than computation. Statistical software is used.
3
ENGT-299
Career Seminar
This course is an introduction to the cooperative educational program at RIT, the programs in the department, and RIT resources. Topics include engineering technology vs. engineering, review of resources available at RIT, the cooperative education placement process, and the ethical expectations of employers for co-op students and RIT during a job search.
0
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (spring, summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
Co-op
 
LAS Elective
3
 
LAS Immersion 1
3
Fourth Year
ESHS-460
EHS Accident Causation and Prevention
Historical as well as modern accident and incident causation models and theories will be covered. Students will learn how to identify and prevent unsafe acts and conditions that can lead to accidents and incidents. The application of management system controls, including operational controls to prevent accidents and incidents, will be reviewed. In addition, students will learn how to investigate accidents and incidents. They will also learn how to develop accident and incident investigation written programs.
3
BIOL-102
General Biology II
This course serves as an introduction to animal and plant anatomy and physiology, in addition to the fundamentals of ecology. Topics will include: animal development; animal body systems; plant development; unique plant systems; Earth's terrestrial and aquatic environments; population and community ecology; animal behavior; and conservation biology.
3
BIOL-104
General Biology II Lab
This course provides laboratory work to complement the material of General Biology II. The experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of animal and plant anatomy and physiology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for experimenting with live organisms, and improve ability to make, record, and interpret observations.
1
ESHS-480
EHS Law
An overview of environmental, health and safety (EHS) related law with an emphasis on legislative law. Topics include a review of the historical and modern sources for EHS law, the emergence of administrative law and the responsibilities of the separate branches of government. Major EHS related legislation will be covered.
3
ESHS-525
Air Emissions Management
This course will present an overview of industrial air pollution management, its sources, methods of reduction, control, and management. Students will become familiar with the history of air pollution, the chemistry and effects of pollutants, regulations and standards, and control technologies as well as developing analytical and quantitative skills necessary in air emissions management decision-making.
3
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
Co-op
 
Free Elective
3
 
Professional Electives
9
 
LAS Immersion 2, 3
6
Fifth Year
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (fall)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
Co-op
ESHS-515
Corporate EHS Management
Presents the fundamentals of how companies manage their environmental, health and safety issues. EHS motivations and strategies for corporate ESHS management will be explored. Organizational considerations for managing corporate EHS programs will be identified. Total quality management and its applications to corporate EHS problem solving will be introduced. The basic elements of EHS management systems will be reviewed. EHS training and corporate EHS reporting will also be examined.
3
ESHS-590
Capstone Project
This is a faculty-designed capstone team project course for 5th year ESHS students. It presents students with one or more identified EHS need(s) and challenges them to work together to plan, schedule, and carry out a project to design and develop socially responsible and environmentally sustainable solutions. The project may vary from offering to offering reflecting current trends and developments.
3
 
Professional Elective
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
Free Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
126

(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 different Wellness courses.

Options

Alternative energy
EEET-251
Clean Energy Power Systems
An alternative energy course that will cover all types of available sources such as hydroelectric power, wind energy, combustion turbines, active and passive solar, photovoltaic systems, fuel cells, combined heat and power systems, biomass, geothermal, ocean, and nuclear energy. Power electronic components (inverters and converters) and components necessary for connection to the electrical power grid will be discussed. Alternative energy storage systems will be analyzed. Also, economics, global warming, government regulations, and tax initiatives for green energy products will be discussed.
EEET-252
Clean Energy Power Systems Lab
Laboratory work to complement the lecture material covered in Green Energy Power Systems (EEET-251). Experiments in photovoltaic cells, wind turbines, and fuel cells will be investigated. Electrolysis will be used to generate hydrogen required in the fuel cell experiment. Connection to the grid is demonstrated using a three-phase synchronous generator and disconnect switchgear.
EEET-351
Solar Photovoltaic Applications
This course addresses the practical application of solar cells to producing electricity for commercial, residential, utility-scale, and electric vehicle charger installations. The course begins with an introduction to the characteristics of the sun as an energy source. Next, the construction of solar cells and their performance characteristics are discussed. System design for battery backup and grid connected systems is then explored. Options for integration of PV systems within the building architecture are discussed and the influence of codes and standards on system design and system cost are examined.
EEET-352
Solar Photovoltaic Applications Lab
An integrated set of laboratory exercises provides hands-on operational experience with photovoltaic cells and systems and reinforces key concepts from the accompanying solar photovoltaic applications course.
EEET-353
Fuel Cell Systems
An introduction to fuel cell technology and fuel cell systems covering theory, operation, and application. Begins with the fundamental principles of fuel cells, developing the key equations governing performance, and establishes a framework for evaluating environmental and economic benefits of fuel cell systems. High and low temperature fuel cells are covered including Polymer-Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) hydrogen, methanol, phosphoric acid, and solid oxide fuel cells. Integration of fuel cells with electric power and building thermal systems is examined. An integrated set of laboratory exercises provides hands-on operational experience with fuel cells and reinforces key concepts from the course.
EEET-354
Fuel Cell Systems Lab
An integrated set of laboratory exercises provides hands-on operational experience with fuel cells and reinforces key concepts from the co-requisite course
Occupational health and safety
ESHS-225
Construction Safety
This course is designed to cover construction health and safety hazards and will study OSHA regulations in depth. Students get to handle and investigate construction safety issues, the OSHA standards addressing trench excavation, scaffolding, temporary electric circuits, fall protection, HAZCOM, underground construction are studied.
ESHS-465
Product Stewardship
ESHS-501
Fire Protection
Introduces fundamental concepts in protection of industrial workers and property from fire and explosion. Fire chemistry, control of ignition sources in industry, and properties of combustible materials are discussed. Fire detection and extinguishment are covered along with building construction for fire prevention, life safety, fire codes, and related topics.
ESHS-530
Mechanical and Electrical l Safeguarding
Discussion of machine safety with emphasis on hazard analysis, risk estimation, safeguarding techniques, and electrical safety. Particular attention will be paid to applicable OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and EN standards as they relate to wood, metal, films, and automation. Elements of the course will change regularly to reflect emerging issues in industry.
ESHS-550
Project Management
This course has been designed to give the student an overview of the fundamental concepts of modern project management. Areas of focus include the project life cycle (PLC), the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), program evaluation review technique (PERT), critical path method (CPM), and various budgeting and resource allocation techniques. Discussion of project management organizations, negotiation, conflict resolution, and project termination will be included, along with an introduction to Project Management Institute (PMI) and Microsoft Project for Windows.
ESHS-570
EHS Risk Assessment, Management and Communication
Surveying and geospatial analysis
CVET-160
Surveying
Introduction to fundamentals of surveying. Topics include note taking; differential leveling; vertical and horizontal measurement; traversing; topographic mapping; horizontal, vertical, compound and reverse curves; and earthwork.
CVET-161
Surveying Laboratory
Students apply the fundamentals of surveying to field exercises using modern surveying equipment. Field exercises include differential leveling, cross sections, traversing, topographic mapping, horizontal curve layout, vertical curve design, and earthwork estimation.
CVET-423
GIS for CETEMS
This course examines the fundamentals of geographic information systems and their application in the fields of civil engineering and environmental management. It emphasizes the application of GIS technology to problems such as, but not limited to, water resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessments, urban planning, and transportation. This course is restricted to 4th year CETEMS student or department permission.
ISTE-382
Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
This course provides a survey of underlying concepts and technologies used to represent and understand the earth, collectively referred to as Geospatial Technologies (GTs). Students will gain hands-on experience with GTs, including Global Positioning Systems (GPSs), Geographic Information Systems (GISs), remote sensing, Virtual Globes, and Web mapping mashups. Students also will develop basic spatial thinking, reasoning, problem solving and literacy skills.
ESHS-550
Project Management
This course has been designed to give the student an overview of the fundamental concepts of modern project management. Areas of focus include the project life cycle (PLC), the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), program evaluation review technique (PERT), critical path method (CPM), and various budgeting and resource allocation techniques. Discussion of project management organizations, negotiation, conflict resolution, and project termination will be included, along with an introduction to Project Management Institute (PMI) and Microsoft Project for Windows.

Accelerated dual degree options

Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, well-qualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information.

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-100
ESHS Seminar
This course will present the key concepts of environmental sustainability, health and safety through experiential learning and the perspective of professional practitioners. Through a series of field trips, presentations, and discussions, students will learn how EHS professionals function in the work environment.
3
MATH-161
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus
This course is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus, including the study of functions and graphs, limits, continuity, the derivative, derivative formulas, applications of derivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integral approximation, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, and geometric series. Applications in business, management sciences, and life sciences will be included with an emphasis on manipulative skills.
4
CHMG-141
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I
This is a general chemistry course for students in the life and physical sciences. College chemistry is presented as a science based on empirical evidence that is placed into the context of conceptual, visual, and mathematical models. Students will learn the concepts, symbolism, and fundamental tools of chemistry necessary to carry on a discourse in the language of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between atomic structure, chemical bonds, and the transformation of these bonds through chemical reactions. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are introduced throughout the course to emphasize the connection between chemistry and the other sciences.
3
CHMG-145
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-141 lecture material. The course emphasizes laboratory techniques and data analysis skills. Topics include: gravimetric, volumetric, thermal, titration and spectrophotometric analyses, and the use of these techniques to analyze chemical reactions.
1
CHMG-142
General and Analytical Chemistry II
The course covers the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. The relationship between energy and entropy change as the driving force of chemical processes is emphasized through the study of aqueous solutions. Specifically, the course takes a quantitative look at: 1) solubility equilibrium, 2) acid-base equilibrium, 3) oxidation-reduction reactions and 4) chemical kinetics.
3
CHMG-146
General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-142 lecture material. The course emphasizes the use of experiments as a tool for chemical analysis and the reporting of results in formal lab reports. Topics include the quantitative analysis of a multicomponent mixture using complexation and double endpoint titration, pH measurement, buffers and pH indicators, the kinetic study of a redox reaction, and the electrochemical analysis of oxidation reduction reactions.
1
ESHS-150
Principles of ESHS
This course presents an overview of the principles of environmental sustainability, health and safety that allows students to think critically about current environmental sustainability, health and safety issues.
3
PHYS-111
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): College Physics I with Lab
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
First Year Writing 
3
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
 
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
ESHS-200
Environmental Geology
An introduction to geology from an environmental geology perspective, including topics related to sustainability of geologic resources. Basic geology topics include earth materials and internal forces. Environmental topics include erosion, mass wasting, river systems, and environmental sampling. Sustainability of earth resources is explored, including strategic and industrial minerals, and the long-term viability of fossil fuels.
3
ESHS-201
Environmental Monitoring and Measurement I
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in geologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn to describe and analyze surficial and shallow subsurface geological features, and to plan, execute, and interpret sampling events.
2
ESHS-251
Environmental Monitoring and Measurement II
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in hydrologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn field skills to support surface water investigations, groundwater investigations, and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will also learn to specify sampling any chemical analysis for contaminated sites, and to use common air and water quality field analytical instruments.
2
PHYS-112
College Physics II with Lab
This course is an introduction to algebra-based physics focusing on thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and elementary topics in modern physics. Topics include heat and temperature, laws of thermodynamics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, DC electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, opyics, the concept of the photon, and the Bohr model of the atom. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
ESHS-290
Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability (WI)
This course will introduce social responsibility concepts and approaches presented in key documents like the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard and the Universal Bill of Human Rights, and will explore the web of relationships in which an organization or a community exists, with the objective of providing the foundational knowledge necessary to plan a strategy for closing the gap between the activities, products and services of the organization or community and the ecosystem within which it exists.
3
TCOM-327
EHS Communication
Communication of environmental, health and safety information and issues is critical for awareness, information, and action. Students develop skill in reporting and conveying environmental and scientific information as well as an understanding of the role of the media and public relations in the environmental communication process. Course participants also learn strategies and formats for communicating safety information, especially in procedures and instructional materials. Writing and speaking skills are sharpened for successful business, media, and crisis communication.
3
ESHS-250
Introduction to Hydrology
This course will cover most subdisciplines within the broad field of hydrology. Students will learn the theoretical background, and practical applications of selected aspects of the science including the hydrologic cycle, surface water calculations, vadose zone flow, groundwater hydraulics, groundwater monitoring, water chemistry, and groundwater contaminant transport. The class culminates in an investigation of a mock contaminated site in which the students apply aspects of all of the above mentioned topics. Hydrology has important applications for environmental managers, and these applications will be highlighted in the class.
3
ESHS-310
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
An examination of strategies and technologies to move an organization toward environmental sustainability, including resource use reduction, material substitution, process and product modification, and waste minimization; and for handling and managing wastes including treatment, storage, transport, and disposal storing solid and hazardous waste. Associated environmental impacts, regulatory concerns, technical feasibility, and costs are considered.
3
BIOL-102
General Biology II
This course serves as an introduction to animal and plant anatomy and physiology, in addition to the fundamentals of ecology. Topics will include: animal development; animal body systems; plant development; unique plant systems; Earth's terrestrial and aquatic environments; population and community ecology; animal behavior; and conservation biology.
3
BIOL-104
General Biology II Lab
This course provides laboratory work to complement the material of General Biology II. The experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of animal and plant anatomy and physiology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for experimenting with live organisms, and improve ability to make, record, and interpret observations.
1
ESHS-320
Occupational Safety
This course is an overview of the occupational safety management tools and techniques utilized in today's industry. Topics examined include OSHA requirements, record keeping, guarding, electrical safety material handling, welding, fire prevention, excavation, medical surveillance, worker's compensation, inspection techniques, auditing, committees, incentives, and voluntary programs.
3
ENGT-299
Career Seminar
This course is an introduction to the cooperative educational program at RIT, the programs in the department, and RIT resources. Topics include engineering technology vs. engineering, review of resources available at RIT, the cooperative education placement process, and the ethical expectations of employers for co-op students and RIT during a job search.
0
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
0
Third Year
ESHS-330
Industrial Wastewater Management
This course investigates characteristics and sources of industrial wastewaters, related environmental impacts, regulatory implications, and technical considerations of current treatment and disposal methodologies. Students learn to identify appropriate methods, technologies, and sequences for source reduction, treatment and pretreatment, direct discharge, and management of treatment residuals.
3
ESHS-511
Occupational Health
This course will provide students with the the fundamentals of industrial hygiene and public health. Emphasis will be on the toxicological effects of various chemical, biological, and physical insults on the body, monitoring and personal sampling for these substances, personal protection, and controls against such substances will be covered.
3
ESHS-512
Occupational Health Lab
Weekly labs and associated reports develop skills and understanding of calibration and use of air sampling equipment and other instrumentation to assess workplace health hazards. Hands-on practical hazardous material response. Students who complete the course will receive OSHA HAZWOPER 40 hour certification.
1
STAT-145
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics I
This course introduces statistical methods of extracting meaning from data, and basic inferential statistics. Topics covered include data and data integrity, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, numeric summary measures, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis of the course is on statistical thinking rather than computation. Statistical software is used.
3
ESHS-480
EHS Law
An overview of environmental, health and safety (EHS) related law with an emphasis on legislative law. Topics include a review of the historical and modern sources for EHS law, the emergence of administrative law and the responsibilities of the separate branches of government. Major EHS related legislation will be covered.
3
ESHS-525
Air Emissions Management
This course will present an overview of industrial air pollution management, its sources, methods of reduction, control, and management. Students will become familiar with the history of air pollution, the chemistry and effects of pollutants, regulations and standards, and control technologies as well as developing analytical and quantitative skills necessary in air emissions management decision-making.
3
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
0
BIOL-102
General Biology II
This course serves as an introduction to animal and plant anatomy and physiology, in addition to the fundamentals of ecology. Topics will include: animal development; animal body systems; plant development; unique plant systems; Earth's terrestrial and aquatic environments; population and community ecology; animal behavior; and conservation biology.
3
BIOL-104
General Biology II Lab
This course provides laboratory work to complement the material of General Biology II. The experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of animal and plant anatomy and physiology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for experimenting with live organisms, and improve ability to make, record, and interpret observations.
1
 
LAS Elective
3
 
Free Elective
3
 
LAS Immersion 1, 2
6
Fourth Year
ESHS-460
EHS Accident Causation and Prevention
Historical as well as modern accident and incident causation models and theories will be covered. Students will learn how to identify and prevent unsafe acts and conditions that can lead to accidents and incidents. The application of management system controls, including operational controls to prevent accidents and incidents, will be reviewed. In addition, students will learn how to investigate accidents and incidents. They will also learn how to develop accident and incident investigation written programs.
3
ESHS-720
EHS Management
This is the initial course in the curriculum core of RIT's MS degree program in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management. It defines and profiles EHS management within the organization; explores EHS management history, motivations, and strategies; introduces current and developing systems for managing an organization's EHS aspects; and investigates the elements and implications of developing an organizational EHS vision and policy statement. The course's unique delivery style combines elements of distance-learning and an onsite executive-leader format.
3
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments.
3
ESHS-515
Corporate EHS Management
Presents the fundamentals of how companies manage their environmental, health and safety issues. EHS motivations and strategies for corporate ESHS management will be explored. Organizational considerations for managing corporate EHS programs will be identified. Total quality management and its applications to corporate EHS problem solving will be introduced. The basic elements of EHS management systems will be reviewed. EHS training and corporate EHS reporting will also be examined.
3
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
0
 
Professional Electives
9
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
Free Elective
3
Fifth Year
ESHS-780
EHS Internal Auditing
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of EHS internal auditing, including EHS internal audit program design and management principles, management system performance evaluation and corrective action techniques, and system improvements. Exercises provide opportunities to apply knowledge.
3
ESHS-755
Corporate Social Responsibility
This course will introduce social responsibility concepts and approaches presented in key documents like the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard, and will explore strategies for assisting an organization to identify and implement socially responsible initiatives appropriate to the nature and scope of its activities, products, and services.
3
ESHS-760
Integrating EHS Management
This course examines strategies for integrating EHS systems and processes. Using case studies, the course explores interrelationships between EHS and total quality management, business value, reporting, and approaches for sustainable business development. Students will be prepared to select appropriate quality tools to improve EHS processes; identify opportunities, strategies, and tools for integrating EHS into business management; and identify best practices in EHS/business integration.
3
ESHS-740
EHS Management System Design
This course examines the design and development of environmental, health and safety management systems in order to implement an organization's policies and offers strategies for measurement of results in order to assess performance and ensure continual improvement. Significant team project work as well as individual work is required.
3
ESHS-797
Graduate Project
This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their capabilities developed through their course of study to design, develop, and/or evaluate an EHS management related project culminating in a written report or manuscript and presentation.
3
 
Professional Electives (Graduate)
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
150

Please see 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 different Wellness courses.

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ESHS-100
ESHS Seminar
This course will present the key concepts of environmental sustainability, health and safety through experiential learning and the perspective of professional practitioners. Through a series of field trips, presentations, and discussions, students will learn how EHS professionals function in the work environment.
3
MATH-161
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus
This course is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus, including the study of functions and graphs, limits, continuity, the derivative, derivative formulas, applications of derivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integral approximation, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, and geometric series. Applications in business, management sciences, and life sciences will be included with an emphasis on manipulative skills.
4
CHMG-141
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I
This is a general chemistry course for students in the life and physical sciences. College chemistry is presented as a science based on empirical evidence that is placed into the context of conceptual, visual, and mathematical models. Students will learn the concepts, symbolism, and fundamental tools of chemistry necessary to carry on a discourse in the language of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between atomic structure, chemical bonds, and the transformation of these bonds through chemical reactions. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are introduced throughout the course to emphasize the connection between chemistry and the other sciences.
3
CHMG-145
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-141 lecture material. The course emphasizes laboratory techniques and data analysis skills. Topics include: gravimetric, volumetric, thermal, titration and spectrophotometric analyses, and the use of these techniques to analyze chemical reactions.
1
CHMG-142
General and Analytical Chemistry II
The course covers the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. The relationship between energy and entropy change as the driving force of chemical processes is emphasized through the study of aqueous solutions. Specifically, the course takes a quantitative look at: 1) solubility equilibrium, 2) acid-base equilibrium, 3) oxidation-reduction reactions and 4) chemical kinetics.
3
CHMG-146
General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-142 lecture material. The course emphasizes the use of experiments as a tool for chemical analysis and the reporting of results in formal lab reports. Topics include the quantitative analysis of a multicomponent mixture using complexation and double endpoint titration, pH measurement, buffers and pH indicators, the kinetic study of a redox reaction, and the electrochemical analysis of oxidation reduction reactions.
1
ESHS-150
Principles of ESHS
This course presents an overview of the principles of environmental sustainability, health and safety that allows students to think critically about current environmental sustainability, health and safety issues.
3
PHYS-111
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): College Physics I with Lab
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
First Year Writing 
3
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
ESHS-200
Environmental Geology
An introduction to geology from an environmental geology perspective, including topics related to sustainability of geologic resources. Basic geology topics include earth materials and internal forces. Environmental topics include erosion, mass wasting, river systems, and environmental sampling. Sustainability of earth resources is explored, including strategic and industrial minerals, and the long-term viability of fossil fuels.
3
ESHS-201
Environmental Monitoring and Measurement I
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in geologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn to describe and analyze surficial and shallow subsurface geological features, and to plan, execute, and interpret sampling events.
2
ESHS-251
Environmental Monitoring and Measurement II
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in hydrologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn field skills to support surface water investigations, groundwater investigations, and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will also learn to specify sampling any chemical analysis for contaminated sites, and to use common air and water quality field analytical instruments.
2
PHYS-112
College Physics II with Lab
This course is an introduction to algebra-based physics focusing on thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and elementary topics in modern physics. Topics include heat and temperature, laws of thermodynamics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, DC electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, opyics, the concept of the photon, and the Bohr model of the atom. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
ESHS-290
Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability (WI)
This course will introduce social responsibility concepts and approaches presented in key documents like the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard and the Universal Bill of Human Rights, and will explore the web of relationships in which an organization or a community exists, with the objective of providing the foundational knowledge necessary to plan a strategy for closing the gap between the activities, products and services of the organization or community and the ecosystem within which it exists.
3
TCOM-327
EHS Communication
Communication of environmental, health and safety information and issues is critical for awareness, information, and action. Students develop skill in reporting and conveying environmental and scientific information as well as an understanding of the role of the media and public relations in the environmental communication process. Course participants also learn strategies and formats for communicating safety information, especially in procedures and instructional materials. Writing and speaking skills are sharpened for successful business, media, and crisis communication.
3
ESHS-250
Introduction to Hydrology
This course will cover most subdisciplines within the broad field of hydrology. Students will learn the theoretical background, and practical applications of selected aspects of the science including the hydrologic cycle, surface water calculations, vadose zone flow, groundwater hydraulics, groundwater monitoring, water chemistry, and groundwater contaminant transport. The class culminates in an investigation of a mock contaminated site in which the students apply aspects of all of the above mentioned topics. Hydrology has important applications for environmental managers, and these applications will be highlighted in the class.
3
ESHS-310
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
An examination of strategies and technologies to move an organization toward environmental sustainability, including resource use reduction, material substitution, process and product modification, and waste minimization; and for handling and managing wastes including treatment, storage, transport, and disposal storing solid and hazardous waste. Associated environmental impacts, regulatory concerns, technical feasibility, and costs are considered.
3
BIOL-102
General Biology II
This course serves as an introduction to animal and plant anatomy and physiology, in addition to the fundamentals of ecology. Topics will include: animal development; animal body systems; plant development; unique plant systems; Earth's terrestrial and aquatic environments; population and community ecology; animal behavior; and conservation biology.
3
BIOL-104
General Biology II Lab
This course provides laboratory work to complement the material of General Biology II. The experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of animal and plant anatomy and physiology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for experimenting with live organisms, and improve ability to make, record, and interpret observations.
1
ESHS-320
Occupational Safety
This course is an overview of the occupational safety management tools and techniques utilized in today's industry. Topics examined include OSHA requirements, record keeping, guarding, electrical safety material handling, welding, fire prevention, excavation, medical surveillance, worker's compensation, inspection techniques, auditing, committees, incentives, and voluntary programs.
3
ENGT-299
Career Seminar
This course is an introduction to the cooperative educational program at RIT, the programs in the department, and RIT resources. Topics include engineering technology vs. engineering, review of resources available at RIT, the cooperative education placement process, and the ethical expectations of employers for co-op students and RIT during a job search.
0
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
0
Third Year
ESHS-330
Industrial Wastewater Management
This course investigates characteristics and sources of industrial wastewaters, related environmental impacts, regulatory implications, and technical considerations of current treatment and disposal methodologies. Students learn to identify appropriate methods, technologies, and sequences for source reduction, treatment and pretreatment, direct discharge, and management of treatment residuals.
3
ESHS-511
Occupational Health
This course will provide students with the the fundamentals of industrial hygiene and public health. Emphasis will be on the toxicological effects of various chemical, biological, and physical insults on the body, monitoring and personal sampling for these substances, personal protection, and controls against such substances will be covered.
3
ESHS-512
Occupational Health Lab
Weekly labs and associated reports develop skills and understanding of calibration and use of air sampling equipment and other instrumentation to assess workplace health hazards. Hands-on practical hazardous material response. Students who complete the course will receive OSHA HAZWOPER 40 hour certification.
1
STAT-145
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics I
This course introduces statistical methods of extracting meaning from data, and basic inferential statistics. Topics covered include data and data integrity, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, numeric summary measures, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis of the course is on statistical thinking rather than computation. Statistical software is used.
3
ESHS-480
EHS Law
An overview of environmental, health and safety (EHS) related law with an emphasis on legislative law. Topics include a review of the historical and modern sources for EHS law, the emergence of administrative law and the responsibilities of the separate branches of government. Major EHS related legislation will be covered.
3
ESHS-525
Air Emissions Management
This course will present an overview of industrial air pollution management, its sources, methods of reduction, control, and management. Students will become familiar with the history of air pollution, the chemistry and effects of pollutants, regulations and standards, and control technologies as well as developing analytical and quantitative skills necessary in air emissions management decision-making.
3
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
0
BIOL-102
General Biology II
This course serves as an introduction to animal and plant anatomy and physiology, in addition to the fundamentals of ecology. Topics will include: animal development; animal body systems; plant development; unique plant systems; Earth's terrestrial and aquatic environments; population and community ecology; animal behavior; and conservation biology.
3
BIOL-104
General Biology II Lab
This course provides laboratory work to complement the material of General Biology II. The experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of animal and plant anatomy and physiology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for experimenting with live organisms, and improve ability to make, record, and interpret observations.
1
 
LAS Immersion 1, 3
6
 
LAS Elective
3
 
Free Elective
3
Fourth Year
ESHS-460
EHS Accident Causation and Prevention
Historical as well as modern accident and incident causation models and theories will be covered. Students will learn how to identify and prevent unsafe acts and conditions that can lead to accidents and incidents. The application of management system controls, including operational controls to prevent accidents and incidents, will be reviewed. In addition, students will learn how to investigate accidents and incidents. They will also learn how to develop accident and incident investigation written programs.
3
ESHS-720
EHS Management
This is the initial course in the curriculum core of RIT's MS degree program in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management. It defines and profiles EHS management within the organization; explores EHS management history, motivations, and strategies; introduces current and developing systems for managing an organization's EHS aspects; and investigates the elements and implications of developing an organizational EHS vision and policy statement. The course's unique delivery style combines elements of distance-learning and an onsite executive-leader format.
3
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments.
3
ESHS-515
Corporate EHS Management
Presents the fundamentals of how companies manage their environmental, health and safety issues. EHS motivations and strategies for corporate ESHS management will be explored. Organizational considerations for managing corporate EHS programs will be identified. Total quality management and its applications to corporate EHS problem solving will be introduced. The basic elements of EHS management systems will be reviewed. EHS training and corporate EHS reporting will also be examined.
3
ESHS-499
Cooperative Education (summer)
ESHS Co-op. Department permission is required.
0
 
LAS Immersion 2
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
Free Elective
3
 
Professional Electives
9
Fifth Year
ESHS-780
EHS Internal Auditing
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of EHS internal auditing, including EHS internal audit program design and management principles, management system performance evaluation and corrective action techniques, and system improvements. Exercises provide opportunities to apply knowledge.
3
ESHS-755
Corporate Social Responsibility
This course will introduce social responsibility concepts and approaches presented in key documents like the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard, and will explore strategies for assisting an organization to identify and implement socially responsible initiatives appropriate to the nature and scope of its activities, products, and services.
3
ESHS-760
Integrating EHS Management
This course examines strategies for integrating EHS systems and processes. Using case studies, the course explores interrelationships between EHS and total quality management, business value, reporting, and approaches for sustainable business development. Students will be prepared to select appropriate quality tools to improve EHS processes; identify opportunities, strategies, and tools for integrating EHS into business management; and identify best practices in EHS/business integration.
3
ESHS-740
EHS Management System Design
This course examines the design and development of environmental, health and safety management systems in order to implement an organization's policies and offers strategies for measurement of results in order to assess performance and ensure continual improvement. Significant team project work as well as individual work is required.
3
GRCS-702
Principles of Research Communication
Conducting research requires language skills to express the research concept, explain methodology and summarize the results. This course will focus on written communication skills including critical thinking, scholarly writing skills and the ability to synthesize research results to draw conclusions. Key to this course is the establishment of a defensible argument through which the student explains, convinces and establishes boundaries for the research subject. The focus of this course is to have students learn the mechanics of research writing and at the conclusion of the course to have generated elements of their final research thesis or capstone which can be used as a basis for further work with their home department or thesis/capstone faculty advisor.
3
ESHS-790
Thesis
The graduate thesis is a formal research document that empirically relates theory with practice. A formal written thesis and oral defense are required.
3
 
Professional Electives (Graduate)
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
150

Please see 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 different Wellness courses.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
  • Technology electives desirable

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Math through Calculus I, micro and macroeconomics, introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Biology, chemistry, or environmental sciences; business or public administration; liberal arts with math/science

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