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Environmental Health & Safety (BS)

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Why study environmental health & safety?

USF’s newest bachelor’s degree addresses a critical need: environmental health and safety. Our program will prepare you for a variety of careers in this booming field, including positions in occupational health, hygiene, and safety — working to protect workers and the public at large.

Make a Difference

You’ll graduate with the skills and experience needed to protect human health by

  •  Preventing disease and injury
  • Addressing pollution and toxins
  • Working with industry to comply with regulations

In-Demand Career

There’s a real need for environmental compliance professionals in this region. Employers call us on a regular basis looking to hire graduates with these credentials.

Dr. Louise Weber
Program Chair
Environmental Science

There is a high need for environmental professionals, especially in local areas. Northeast Indiana is an industry-rich region and many factories, government agencies, and private consulting firms are seeking qualified specialists to work as:

  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Environmental scientists
  • Environmental protection technicians
  • Compliance officers
  • Consultants, and more.

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Career Outlook & Success


Although this program is new, USF has had an Environmental Science major for 25 years. 95% of our Environmental Science graduates find jobs in the field or attend graduate school!


Median pay for occupational health and safety specialists (per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Median salary for environmental scientists and specialists


Expected job growth for environmental scientists and specialists by 2026

Added Value

Our curriculum crosses disciplines to meet industry needs. In addition to courses on environmental law, safety compliance, toxicology, epidemiology, occupational health, we go one step further…

USF’s program will prepare you with the skills employers seek with courses in Emergency Response and Homeland Security.

Plus, our hybrid format includes online and on-site courses — to give you greater flexibility!

Community Partnerships

The Environmental Health and Safety program works in partnership with local industries, meaning you’ll have access to great mentors; internships!

Internship sites include:

  • Cooper Tire
  • Praxair
  • Raytheon Company
  • SES Environmental
  • SevenGen

Ready to start?

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

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