Clarkson University has one of the few undergraduate environmental health science (EHS) undergraduate bachelor's degree programs in the country that focuses on environmental and occupational exposure.

What environmental health hazards are we exposed to in our workspaces and communities? How do we eliminate these hazards or minimize the risk of adverse health effects? As a student here, you will answer questions such as these.

The Environmental Health Science major curriculum is a four-year program offered through Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE). Environmental Health Science majors have access to state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, as well as three centers for collaborative research with faculty: the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES), the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSES) and the Great Rivers Center (GRC). By combining these facilities with the program's education, Clarkson provides you with knowledge and experience in Environmental Health Science.

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Environmental Health Science Careers

As an Environmental Health Science major, you have the opportunity to pursue many careers upon graduation. Some of these careers include:

  • Industrial hygiene and environmental science consulting
  • Environmental health and safety for medium and large private companies
  • Careers with county, state or federal organizations

The average Environmental Health Science salary according to PayScale is over $54,000. Clarkson Environmental Health Science majors have been recruited by companies such as: AECOM, Arcadis, Brown and Caldwell, Colden Corp., General Electric, Alcoa and many companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Many have also gone on to graduate studies in Clarkson's own Environmental Science and Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs, or other institutions such as Harvard University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan and University of Washington - Seattle.

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Environmental Health Science Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Environmental Health Science

Environmental Health Science majors take 60 credits specifically within EHS. These credits, in conjunction with the Clarkson Common Experience, provide a well-rounded education focusing on the areas of study you find most interesting. EHS majors can take courses such as:

  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Safety & Ergonomics
  • Ecology
  • Biogeochemic Systems Science
  • Intro to Environmental Engineering
  • Safety Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Methods and Analysis
  • Industrial Hygiene Control Methods
  • Principles of Toxicology and Epidemiology
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental Health Science Major Curriculum

Environmental Minors

The Institute for a Sustainable Environment also offers minors in environmental health science that are available to all students except those majoring in Environmental Health Science. 

Environmental Health Science

Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World

Environmental Science

Environmental Policy

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

Environmental Health Science Concentrations

Our department offers three professional concentrations that are available to all students majoring in Environmental Health Science. These concentrations are meant to give our students opportunities to obtain professional certifications or obtain a deeper knowledge in specific knowledge areas that are highly relevant to jobs in today's workforce. 

Environment and Security

Ergonomics

Industrial Hygiene

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Environmental Health Science major is an interdisciplinary program, so faculty who teach in the EHS program are housed in many departments across campus and conduct research in the areas of air quality, water quality, risk assessment and environmental policy.

  • Associate Professor Alan Rossner is the director of Environmental Health Science and Environmental Science & Policy majors, as well as associate director for education of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. His research focuses on indoor and outdoor air-quality monitoring in industrial and residential environments. 
  • Associate Professor Michelle Crimi's research is focused on in situ remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, chemical oxidation and degradation of organic contaminants, impacts of in situ remediation on aquifer quality and human health risk assessment.
  • Assistant Professor Beatrice Hernout's research focuses on understanding the effects of chemicals on wildlife species with the aim of improving environmental risk assessment for regulatory purposes, helping in mitigating risks, and contributing to the conservation of wildlife species. 

Adirondack Semester

Clarkson undergraduate students participate in a hike as part of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment's Adirondack Semester

Live a semester as a resident explorer, entrepreneur, environmental scientist, poet and policy advocate of the Adirondack Park, one of the largest protected landscapes in North America.

The Adirondack Semester is a 15-credit, off-campus domestic study program for undergraduates pursuing an experience that is enriching both academically and culturally. Students from any major who are committed to learn about environmental science, policy, economics and the human history and contemporary issues of the Adirondack region are encouraged to apply.

Whether you attend Clarkson University or another higher education institution, you can do all this and more as part of Clarkson's Adirondack Semester program for undergraduate students.

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Environmental & Sustainability Student Clubs

Undergraduate students Engineers for International Sustainability (EIS) present during Clarkson's Tony Tuesday

Clarkson students can get involved outside the classroom through over 200 clubs and organizations on campus, including several related to the environment and sustainability such as:

  • Clarkson Environmental Club
  • Clarkson Garden Club
  • Clarkson Keepers (beekeeping) 
  • Clarkson Rod and Gun Club
  • Clarkson Sustainability Club
  • Clarkson University Outing Club
  • Clean Snowmobile SPEED Team
  • Engineers for International Sustainability (EIS)
  • H2Code LLC
  • New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA)
  • SCUBA Club
  • Sustainable Synergy

Sustainability Global Travel Courses

Clarkson students have the opportunity to travel across the country and the world to work on environmental and sustainability projects through coursework. Clarkson has set a goal to offset all transportation emissions by 2020 and for the whole University to become carbon neutral by 2025. Students can take courses that culminate in a class trip. Below is a sample of some of the options students have to travel on sustainability-related trips. 

Devil's Thumb Ranch

This course prepares students for and includes a two-week intensive work/study experience at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. Students study the nature of the business and their current sustainability practices through structured class time prior to traveling and identify additional possible projects to creatively overcome complex, real-world sustainability challenges for the business and complete a preliminary feasibility study that includes interdependent technical, economic and environmental considerations. 

Clarkson undergraduate students work on a sustainability project with solar panels at Devil's Thumb Ranch with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment
Microfinance and Sustainability in Uganda

On this Global Business Program trip focused on socioeconomics and sustainable development in East Africa, students are exposed to the challenges and opportunities of working in a globally diverse and integrated marketplace. Students visited a cross-section of businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as social and cultural locales. 

Kate Ackner
"The courses here are practically tailor-made for me. I'm majoring in environmental health sciences with a concentration in ergonomics and minoring in psychology, and I am also a pre-physical therapy student."

Kate Ackner '19, BS Environmental Health Sciences

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