Southeast Missouri State University
Environmental Science Program

 Environmental Health Option

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 community health. 

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 law. 

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.

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. John Kraemer, Department of Biology

Career Opportunities:

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.

Employment Outlook:

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

          Core (9) 
          EV 443 Introduction to Epidemiology (3) 
          EV 453 Occupational Health (3)
          EV 455 Industrial Hygiene (3) 
          EV 460 Introduction to Toxicology (3) 

          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

          UI 386  Environmental Health (3)

          Electives (2-3) 
          BI 543 & 544 Pathogenic Microbiology & Lab (3)  
          BS 332 Human Physiology (3)
          EN 301 Technical Writing (3) 
          HL 210 Health and Safety (3)
          HL 320 Community Health (3)

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Last revision: February 20, 2006

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