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Undergraduate Programs

BS in Environmental Health

This major has 13 required courses, 1 required one-credit lab, and 4 foundational courses. It is a Bachelor of Science and the major satisfies the Natural Science requirement of the Rochester Curriculum.

Key goals for this major:

Understand how anthropogenic and environmental factors contribute to human exposure to environmental toxins and pathogens.

Integrate multiple disciplines to enhance understanding of environmental health exposures and their consequences, and to support appropriate analysis and problem solving.

Appreciatie the social, economic, and cultural contributors to the creation and resolution of environmental health problems.

Requirements of the Major:

(prerequisites in parentheses)

A. Foundational Courses:
BIO 110Principles of Biology I (or BIO 112 'Perspectives in Biology I')(Completion or concurrent enrollment
in CHM 131 or equivalent)
BIO 111Principles of Biology II (or BIO 113 'Perspectives in Biology II')(none for BIO 111)
CHM 131Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices I(high school chemistry course)
CHM 132Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices II(CHM 131 or equivalent)
B. Common Core (5 courses):
PH 101Introduction to Public Health I(none)
PH 102Introduction to Public Health II(PH 101)
PH 103Concepts of Epidemiology(none)
STT 212 or STT 211Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or Appl. Stat. for the Social Sciences(none)
PHL 228 or
PHL 225
Public Health Ethics (228) or Ethical Decisions in Medicine (225)(1 in PHL; or permission of instructor)
C. Specific Core Requirements (5 courses):
EES 103Introduction to Environmental Science(none)
PH 201Environmental Health(BIO 110/112; CHM 131; PH 103; or
permission of instructor)
CHM 203Organic Chemistry I(CHM 131 & CHM 132 or equivalent)
CHM 207Organic Chemistry I: Lab (1 credit)(CHM 131 & CHM 132 or equivalent)
CHM 204Organic Chemistry II(CHM 203 & CHM 207 or equivalent)
BIO 198Principles of Genetics (or BIO 190 'Genetics and the Human Genome')(BIO 110/112, CHM 203 concurrently)
D. Electives (3 of the following - 2 must come from Group I; 1 must come from Group II):
I. Biology and Health Sciences
BIO 202Molecular Biology(BIO 190/198; BIO 250)
BIO 210*Cell Biology(BIO 110/112; BIO 111/113)
BIO 222*Biology of Aging(BIO 190/198; BIO 202 recommended)
BIO 247Environmental Animal Physiology(BIO 110/112; BIO 111/113; CHM 131;
CHM 132; BIO 198 recommended)
BIO 250Introduction to Biochemistry(BIO 110/112; BIO 190/198; CHM 203;
CHM 204 (may be taken concurrently)
or permission of instructor)
BIO 253Computational Biology(BIO 111/113; BIO 190/198)
MBI 220Introduction to Microbiology(BIO 110/112; BIO 111/113; BIO 198;
CHM 203 or equivalent)
MBI 221 (W)Microbiology Lab(MBI 220 concurrently or previous)
MBI 414Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis(MBI 220 & 221)
PM 415Principles of Epidemiology(PH 103)
PM 470 (W)(H)Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology(PM 415)
II. Environment and Sustainability
ECO 238*Environmental Economics(ECO 108; ECO 207)
PSC 243*Environmental Politics(none)
PSC 247*Green Markets: Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls(none)
PHL 230 (W)Environmental Justice(1 previous in PHL)
EES 320W (H)Sustainable Systems(EES 103 or permission of instructor)
BIO 104Ecosystem Conservation and Human Society(none)
CHE 150Green Engineering for a Sustainable Environment(none)
E. Upper-Level Writing Requirement:
Students will be required to register for two upper-level writing courses within this major. The courses designated with (W) have writing requirements that would satisfy the Rochester Curriculum’s upper-level writing requirement. Students would register for the “W” section.  Registration in any "W" BIO course requires permission of the instructor.  Writing sections for courses marked with "*" are not available to students in this major. For each PM (W) course there will be a cap of five students registering for the writing component.

For Double Majors: Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Public Health-related programs, no more than two courses may overlap between a public health major and another major.