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

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

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. Prof. Rossner teaches courses in Introduction to Industrial Hygiene, Risk Assessment, Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health, Ventilation, Environmental Science, Air Monitoring and Analysis, and Sustainability and the Environment.

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. Prof. Crimi teaches Introduction to Industrial Hygiene, Risk Assessment, Principles of Toxicology and Epidemiology, Introduction to Environmental Science & Policy, Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry, Advanced Topics in EHS, and Methods and Analysis.

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