Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Environmental Health & Safety BS

Environmental Health and Safety is a branch of the health professions focusing on the interface between workers and their workplace environment. It seeks to protect workers and the general public from injury and illness by identifying and preventing threats and controlling health, safety, and disease in the workplace. It seeks to reduce worker risks from potential problems with chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic, mechanical, and electrical issues. It prepares students for careers in public and occupational health, hygiene, and safety. It trains students in approaches to addressing pollution, toxicology, epidemiology, regulation, statistics, and response to problems.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students are proficient in critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in the sciences
  • Students use the scientific method to conduct hypothesis-driven research or complete a science-based service project
  • Students demonstrate global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness in the pursuit of science
  • Students demonstrate leadership and the ability to work in teams
  • Students are proficient presenting scientific information in oral and written form
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and principles of environmental health and safety
  • Students are confident, satisfied, and well-prepared to undertake careers in the environmental health and safety

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Environmental Health and Safety degree requires 120 credit hours:

  • 47-49 credit hours of general education courses (excluding six credit hours counted in the
    major core)
  • 58 credit hours of prescribed courses in biology, chemistry, and physics,
  • a minimum of 3 credit hours of directed electives in biology, and
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

  • Major requirements: BIOL 190, BIOL 191 (Prin. Biol. I & II), BIOL 366 (Exp. Design), BIOL 401 (Senior Capstone), BIOL 480 (Biol. Seminar), BUS 101 (Intro. Business Prin.), CHEM 141, CHEM 142 (Prin. Chem. I & II), CHEM 243 (Organic Biochem), CHEM 343 (Env. Chem.), ENVS 232 (Intro Env. Sci.), ENVS 246 (Safety Compliance), ENVS 330 (Env. Law) or ENVS 332 (Env. Regs.), ENVS 362 (Occup. Health), ENVS 364 (Env. Epidem.), ENVS 432 (Adv. Env. Sci.), ENVS 464 (Industrial Hygiene), ENVS 480 (Env. Sci. Seminar), ENVS 495 (Env. Sci Intern.), MATH 302 (Stats), MGMT 230 (Prin. Mgmt.)
  • Major Directed electives, 3 credit hours minimum from: BIOL 226 (Micro.), ENVS 472 (Site Eval/Remed.) or ENVS 385 (Surface/Subsurface), ENVS 496/9 (Env. Sci. Research), SCIE 235 (Energy and Sustain.), SCIE 257 (Physics I with lab), SCIE 276 (Geology)
  • Electives to complete 120 credit hours

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this rigorous program students should have a strong background in science and math with courses in biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and geometry. It is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Progression Requirements

Environmental Health and Safety majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. Courses may be repeated only once.

Graduation Requirements

Environmental Health and Safety majors are required to pass an exit exam by the end of their senior year.