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Environmental Health Bachelor of Science
Department of Environmntl & Radiolgicl Health Sci
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you interested in public health issues? Would you like to study how environmental factors relate to the health and disease of humans and animals? Would it be interesting to focus on maximizing people’s health, comfort and productivity? Would the study of communicable disease transmission, toxic chemical exposure, or air and water quality management interest you? If so, you may want to consider environmental health as a major.

An environmental health degree prepares students for a variety of employment options by public sector health and environmental agencies; academic institutions and private industry. The degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study in medicine, veterinary medicine, and related biomedical fields. The degree program is the only one in Colorado fully accredited by the standards of the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Before taking environmental health classes students will study basic science and math, including biology, physics, chemistry, calculus, and statistics and then use these courses as tools to solve problems. Elective classes in areas such as communication, foreign language, psychology and business management may be added to supplement the environmental health program. Field projects involving data gathering and analysis, including problem solution and presentations in written and oral formats are also required. Many undergraduates will spend summers working in a variety of environmental health professions or research projects. Additionally, environmental health students will complete a professional internship for academic credit with a private sector company, public health agency or research entity (public or private).

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in how environmental factors relate to health and disease
* Aptitude for natural and biological sciences as well as mathematics
* Strong analytical ability and investigative skills
* Prefers hands on work
* Well organized and pays attention to detail
* Ability to work in a team or independently
* Strong communication skills
* Can work indoors and in the field

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
As society becomes more aware of the human health effects of internal and external environments, the need for experts trained to analyze and manage environmental health issues will expand. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Graduates who continue on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Career occupations include but are not limited to:

* Toxicologists--scientists who study the effect of chemical and biologic agents on the body
* Epidemiologists--scientists who study the distribution of disease in populations and identify factors relating to disease causation
* Occupational health specialists-understanding how exposure occurs in the work place
* Industrial hygienists--professionals who apply engineering, toxicology, preventive medicine, and epidemiology principles to identify and mitigate workplace exposures to hazards
* Health educators--professionals who inform people about biological, chemical, and physical hazards in the environment and options to reduce their health risks
* Hazardous and solid waste specialists--professionals who identify and evaluate potential health risks related to the production and disposal of solid, chemical and biomedical wastes
* Air and water pollution specialists—scientists who assess the potential risks of chemicals, biological agents, and physical energies found in the air and water and suggest strategies to minimize their health impacts
* General environmental health specialists -professionals in public health departments who identify health hazards in communities and control food-borne and vector-borne diseases, monitor air and water, and assess health impacts associated with land use.
* Environmental Health Consultant

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Environmental Health Student Association http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/erhs/ehsa.htm
* CVMBS College Council

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MORE INFORMATION
Erin Reichert
Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
105 Environmental Health Building
1681 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1681
erin.reichert@colostate.edu
970-491-7910
http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/erhs/undergraduate.htm
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
26 Lory Student Center
Lower level, by Student Media
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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