Clarkson University has one of the few undergraduate environmental health science (EHS) 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 EHS curriculum is a four-year program offered through Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE). EHS 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 EHS.

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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

Your Future

Career Opportunities

The EHS curriculum effectively prepares you to work in the important area of environmental health and safety. In addition, the EHS curriculum is well-suited as a preparatory degree for those interested in pursuing a professional degree in industrial hygiene or the health sciences, including physical therapy, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges



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. Take courses such as :

  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Safety & Ergonomics
  • Methods and Analysis
  • Industrial Hygiene Control Methods
  • Principles of Toxicology and Epidemiology
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental Health Science Major Curriculum


Four minors in environmental health science are available to all students except those majoring in EHS.

Environmental Health Science

Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World

Environmental Science

Environmental Policy

All Clarkson Minors


Three concentrations in environmental health science are available to all students majoring in EHS.

Environment and Security


Industrial Hygiene

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

The EHS program 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 EHS 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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