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Environmental Health and Safety Degree (BS)

About the Degree:

This is a robust science-based degree that sets our graduates up for career success.

The Environmental Health and Safety Program has been accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) since 1996. We are one of ONLY 28 EH degrees in the United States with this accreditation. This accreditation is considered the gold standard in the EHS industry.

We are the ONLY EHAC-accredited undergraduate degree to offer both on campus and online degree completion routes.

Benefits of the Degree:

Our EHAC accreditation provides our BS students and graduates with internship, scholarship and job opportunities that would not be available to them through a nonaccredited program.

  • Some agencies such as the U.S. Public Health Service will hire only graduates of accredited schools for positions in environmental health.
  • EHAC accreditation allows EHS majors to apply for premier internships with the U.S. Public Health Service. This often leads to very successful careers with the federal government and top job placement.
  • Accreditation is recognized by the military and the public health sector as a means of entry into the Environmental Health Officer position.

Our Environmental Health and Safety Program is also recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). All graduating students earn the Graduate Safety Practioner (GSP) designation.

  • The GSP designation denotes participation in a path leading to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential. The CSP may be attained after 4 years of safety experience. The 2018 SH&E Industry Salary Calculator ( ) identifies CSPs with a bachelor degree and less than 5 years industry experience make a median salary of $97,000.

The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) has approved our program.

  • Our graduates can apply for and receive the designation of Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM)

Student additionally have the opportunity, through their course work, to earn their:

  • Missouri Certified Environmental Health Specialist (CEHS) credential
  • DOT HazMat General Awareness Certification
  • National Incident Management System Certifications
  • HAZWOPER-40hr Certification (on campus only)

What You'll Learn:

  • Aspects of Public Health: Food Safety, Water Quality Management, Epidemiology, Soils
  • Industry Specific Safety: Occupational Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Hazardous Incident Management, Hazardous Materials Safety, Solid and Hazardous Waste
  • Environmental Protection: Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Regulations, Environmental Biology
  • Other Sciences: General Chemistry, Environmental Organic, Environmental Physics, Microbiology

Options/Course of Studies

Current Catalog

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Health and Safety
Bachelor of Science - Environmental Health and Safety (online)