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Biology, Environmental Health Science (B.S.)

B.S., Biology,
Environmental Health Science Track

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You'll Do

When it comes to healing something as complex as the Earth, you’ll need both knowledge and training. As an Environmental Health Science major pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the natural sciences while also polishing your analytical and problem-solving skills. 

In IUP’s program, you’ll learn to identify, evaluate, and manage factors that can adversely impact human health and the ecological balances essential to human well-being. These factors include air pollutants, food and water contaminants, solid and hazardous wastes, vector-borne and communicable diseases, housing and shelter hazards, and ecological and global stressors. 

Among the courses you’ll take are General Microbiology, Environmental Health and Protection, Introduction to Toxicology and Risk Assessment, Fundamentals of  Environmental Epidemiology, and Organic Chemistry. You’ll also choose from a list of courses such as Air Pollution, Radiological Health, Introduction to Planning, and Hydrogeology.  An internship is required.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Science will provide preparation for employment as an environmental health specialist or practitioner in industry, government, or academia or for entry into graduate school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental scientists is projected to grow by 25 percent between 2006 and 2016, and employment of hydrologists should grow by 24 percent. Private-sector consulting firms offer the most promising hiring growth for both fields, the report states.

About 35 percent of environmental scientists, according to the labor report, worked in state and local governments; 21 percent in management, scientific, and technical consulting services; 15 percent in architectural, engineering and other services; and 8 percent in the federal government.

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Special Features

  • IUP is one of only twenty-nine programs in the United States, and the only one in Pennsylvania, to be accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.
  • Students can take part in an IUP cooperative program at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. Summer sessions offer ecological and environmental classes.
  • IUP’s Environmental Health program is the only undergraduate program in Pennsylvania and the Northeast that is a member of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs and the National Environmental Health Association. Membership in these organizations provides student research, internship, and travel opportunities.
  • Among IUP’s range of special projects, you’ll find the Pennsylvania Important Mammal Areas Project and the Weapons of Mass Destruction—Response Element Advanced Laboratory Integrated Training and Indoctrination (WMD-REALITI) Program.