Southeast Missouri State University
Environmental Science Program
Human impacts on the environment can result in adverse effects on
ecosystems. Ecosystem health and human health are closely linked. It is
important that our health officials recognize this link and are prepared to
promptly act to protect public health. The environmental health option is designed to broadly educate students in environmental science,
with more in-depth study of the environmental factors that affect public and
occupational health. In addition to core courses in environmental health and a
required internship, students may select courses from biology, chemistry, or
The course of study of the environmental health option is also
designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in
environmental medicine, environmental health, or public health. Environmental
issues frequently become legal issues. There is a societal need for
individuals trained in environmental health, environmental science, and law.
The course of study of the environmental science major is also designed to
prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental
Several faculty of the Environmental Science Program conduct active
research projects related to the environmental health option,
providing opportunities for students to participate in the faculty's research
program, conduct supervised independent research, and to present and/or
publish their research.
Graduates in this option are anticipated to be successful in finding
employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for
admission to graduate programs in public health and environmental sciences, as
well as, medical and law school programs.
Dr. John Kraemer, Department of Biology
Employment in government, business, industry, and consulting firms;
advanced study in graduate school, medical school, and law school.
Visit the Career Opportunities
page to see what sort of careers are available in the environmental field.
Overall, there is a continuing demand for individuals with training and expertise in
the environmental field.
High School Preparation For Major:
A college preparatory sequence which includes four years of science (including biology,
chemistry, earth science, and physics) and four years of mathematics. Advanced Placement
and/or dual credit courses in science, mathematics, and English are strongly recommended.
Courses (credit hours) 14-15 hours
EV 443 Introduction to
EV 453 Occupational
EV 455 Industrial Hygiene
EV 460 Introduction to
One of the EV 3xx or 4xx
courses satisfies the 3 hours of elective credit in
the Environmental Science core course requirements.
University Studies 300 Level Course
BI 543 & 544
Pathogenic Microbiology & Lab (3)
BS 332 Human Physiology
EN 301 Technical Writing (3)
HL 210 Health and
HL 320 Community Health
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February 20, 2006
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