Skip to main content

Undergraduate Programs

BS in Environmental Health

This major has 13 required courses, one required one-credit lab, and four pre-requisite courses. The environmental health major leads to a bachelor of science degree and satisfies the natural sciences 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
  • Appreciate the social, economic, and cultural contributors to the creation and resolution of environmental health problems

Major Requirements

Some of these courses require prerequisites. These prerequisites are not counted toward the major. Prerequisites can be found on the courses page or in the CDCS

Pre-requisite Courses (Four Courses)

BIO 110: Principles of Biology I or BIO 112: Perspectives in Biology I
BIO 111: Principles of Biology II or BIO 113: Perspectives in Biology II
CHM 131: Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices I
CHM 132: Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices II

Public Health General Core (Five Courses)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PH 102: Introduction to Public Health II
PH 103: Concepts of Epidemiology
STT 212: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or STT 211: or Appl. Stat. for the Social Sciences
PHL 228 (PHL 228W): Public Health Ethics or PHL 225 (PHL 225W): Ethical Decisions in Medicine

Specific Core Requirements (Five Courses + 1 Credit Lab)

EES 103: Introduction to Environmental Science
PH 201W: Environmental Health
CHM 203: Organic Chemistry I
CHM 207: Organic Chemistry I: Lab (one credit)
CHM 204: Organic Chemistry II
BIO 198: Principles of Genetics or BIO 190: Genetics and the Human Genome

Electives (Three Courses)

I. Biology and Health Sciences

Choose two of the following:

  • BIO 202: Molecular Biology
  • BIO 210: Cell Biology*
  • BIO 222: Biology of Aging*
  • BIO 247: Environmental Animal Physiology
  • BIO 250: Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BIO 253: Computational Biology
  • MBI 220: Introduction to Microbiology
  • MBI 221 (W): Microbiology Lab
  • MBI 414: Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
  • PM 415: Principles of Epidemiology
  • PM 470 (W)(H): Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

II. Environment and Sustainability

Choose one of the following:

  • ECO 238: Environmental Economics*
  • PH 232: Environmental Health Policy
  • PH 394D: Health Department Internship**
  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics*
  • PSC 247: Green Markets: Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls*
  • PHL 230 (W): Environmental Justice
  • EES 320W (H): Sustainable Systems
  • BIO 104: Ecosystem Conservation and Human Society
  • CHE 150: Green Engineering for a Sustainable Environment

*Writing sections for these courses are not available to students in this major
**Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors; permission of environmental health faculty advisor required.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students are 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.

Registration in any "W" BIO course requires permission of the instructor. For each PM (W) course there is a cap of five students who can register for the writing component.

Overlapping Major Courses

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.

Transfer Credit

Students are permitted (with the approval of their public health faculty advisor) to use up to two transfer courses towards their public health program.