Environmental Health Science

The Environmental Health Science Concentration is the appropriate choice for students who want to become health inspectors (i.e. Registered Environmental Health Specialist), industrial hygienists, or hazardous waste control experts. For those who plan on becoming Registered Environmental Health Specialists, this concentration is approved by the Environmental Specialist Registration Committee of the California State Department of Health Services. Students who are certified by the environmental health coordinator will have met the academic and experience requirements for admittance to the State Environmental Health Specialist Registration Examination.

Program Coordinator : Dr. Lal Mian
Phone No: 909-537-7409
Email : lmian@csusb.edu

Degree Requirements (105-116 units)

Total Units for Graduation: 180-187

Note: Certain required courses also apply in the university's general education program (refer to Page 68 in CSUSB Catalog)

Lower-Division Requirements (5 units)

1. HSCI 120. Health and Society: An Ecological Approach

Nature and function of health in society through study of the fundamental concepts of living systems and their implication in the processes of health and illness in the human organism. Major health problems are analyzed to contribute to the student's understanding of his or her role as an individual and as a member of the community. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination. (GE=B.2) (5 units)

Upper-Division Requirements (24 units)

1. HSCI 315. Statistics for the Health Sciences

Introduction to the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data acquired for health sciences and public health. Emphasis will be on application rather than theory. Four hours lecture. Prerequisite: HSCI 271 and 273 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

2. HSCI 352. Principles of Environmental Health

Introduction to the effects of the physical, chemical, and biological environments and their impacts on human health and well-being. Emphasis is placed on the principles of assessment, evaluation and control of environmental risks related to public health. Discussion topics include air water and solid waste pollution plus food protection, radiation, hazardous wastes and environmental impacts. Prerequisites: college-level course in biology and HSCI 120. (4 units)

3. Four Units chosen from

  • 3.1 HSCI 455. Health, Consumer and Environmental Law

    Health laws and regulations, basis for their enactment and impact on facilities and programs, e.g. hospitals, health planning. Impact of environmental law on public health and mechanisms involved in protecting health consumers. Legal basis of the health care system and related aspects. (4 units)
  • 3.2 HSCI 478. Environmental Health Management

    Methods of management for promoting optimum environmental health, emphasizing land use planning, environmental impact reporting, facility planning and risk assessment. Prerequisite: HSCI 120. (4 units)

4. HSCI 367. Human Disease Mechanisms

Ecological and medical aspects of human disease and the body's response to the disease process and the effects on normal function. Prerequisites: HSCI 120; and either BIOL 223 and 224 or BIOL 200, 201 and 202. (4 units)

5. HSCI 451. Principles of Epidemiology

Distribution and dynamics of human health problems; principles and procedures used to determine circumstances under which disease occurs or health prevails. The broadened scope of epidemiology is examined through case studies and community health approach. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

6.HSCI 370. Health Behavior

Theoretical foundation for the development, analysis and interpretation of individual and community influences on decisions which impact health status. Strategies for health behavior modification. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 120 and 301 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

Environmental Health Science Concentration (87-89 units)

1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)

2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)

3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)

4. Five units chosen from:

  • 4.1 BIOL 220. Principles of Microbiology (5)
  • 4.2 BIOL 320. Microorganisms (6)

5. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)

6. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)

7. Organic chemistry, a minimum of five units chosen from Group A, B, or C:

Group A

  • 7.A.1 CHEM 206. Fundamentals of Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry (5)

Group B

  • 7.B.1 CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture (3)
  • 7.B.2 CHEM 221B Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory (1)
  • 7.B.3 CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture (3)
  • 7.B.4 CHEM 222B. Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory (1)
  • 7.B.5 CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III: Lecture (3)
  • 7.B.6 CHEM 223B. Organic Chemistry III: Laboratory (1)

Group C

  • 7.C.1 CHEM 321. Principles of Organic Chemistry I (5)
  • 7.C.2 CHEM 322. Principles of Organic Chemistry II (5)
  • 7.C.3 CHEM 323. Principles of Organic Chemistry III (5)

8. HSCI 380. Toxicology (4)

Principles of chemical toxicity and relationship to public health, including principles, intoxication, disease, dose-response measurement, mechanisms of action and principles of antidotal therapy. Specific toxicologic studies as related to various food, drug, consumer, industrial and environmental problems. Studies of various classes of chemical intoxicants. Prerequisites: college-level biology and chemistry courses. (4 units)

9. HSCI 401. Advanced Environmental Health

An integrated view of the factors that contribute to illness, injury, or death, and that affect the health status of individuals and populations. Topics include epidemiology, demographics and statistics on health status, determinants of health and illness, behavioral aspects of health and preventive care. Environmental health laws and regulations as well as compliance with current regulations are emphasized. The laboratory emphasizes methods of measuring and evaluating environmental health risks as well as field experience. Topics include: environments within buildings, food sanitation, water sanitation and control, solid and hazardous waste and control, air pollution and control, community noise and control. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Formerly HSCI 353. Prerequisites: HSCI 352, college-level course work in biology, chemistry and physics is recommended or consent of instructor. (5 units)

10. HSCI 402. Principles of Occupational Health

Principles of occupational health risks including anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control. Influence of workplace risks on human health and their relationship to occupational medicine. Study of occupational health laws and regulations as well as methods of compliance with current regulations. Laboratory and field experience in topics that include: toxic and hazardous chemicals, airborne chemicals, materials of biological origin, noise, and electromagnetic radiation. Four hours lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Formerly HSCI 353. Prerequisites: HSCI 352 or consent of instructor. College-level course work in chemistry and physics is recommended. (5 units)

11. HSCI 403. Vector-borne Disease Control

Identification and control of insect and other vectors of diseases. Discussion of major topics in vector ecology including natural and chemical control methods and their impact on health and environmental quality. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Formerly HSCI 458. Prerequisites: HSCI 352, college-level coursework in biology and chemistry, or consent of instructor. (5 units)

12. HSCI 480. Health Service Administration

Introduction to management theory and practice as they apply to the administration of health service programs. Emphasis is placed on the planning, analysis, organizing, staffing, directing and evaluation functions necessary to administration of health service organizations. Budgeting functions and processes are discussed as they relate to health services administration. Prerequisite: HSCI 120. (4 units)

13. HSCI 496. Internship in Environmental Health

Individual studies in environmental health. Students will be placed with public health agencies to gain applied and/or research experience. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: health science majors with a concentration in environmental health science and senior class standing or consent of instructor. (4 units)

14. Four units chosen from:

  • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus (4)

  • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)

15. A minimum of thirteen units, choose Group A or B below:

Group A:

  • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
  • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)

Group B:

  • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
  • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
  • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

16. Six units of health science electives chosen from:

  • HSCI 322. Air Pollution

    Principles of air quality management, including health implications of polluted air, applicable fundamentals of meteorology, air quality regulations and current concepts in air pollution control technology. Prerequisites: college-level courses in biology and chemistry. (2 units)
  • HSCI 324. Radiological Health and SafetyM

    Ionizing radiation and its effects on health. Methods of identification, evaluation and control are emphasized. Prerequisites: college-level courses in biology, chemistry and physics. (2 units)
  • HSCI 354. Solid Waste Management

    Principles of solid waste management from generation and collection to disposal. Includes evaluation of methods of waste disposal, and discussion of relevant legislation. The contribution of solid waste to air, water and soil pollution. Prerequisites: HSCI 352, college-level coursework in biology and chemistry, or consent of instructor. (2 units)
  • HSCI 356. Housing and Institutions

    Basic health principles and environmental quality considerations associated with housing and institutions (for example, health care, educational, penal). Relationship of housing quality to physical, socio-economic and ethnic factors and their influence on health. (2 units)
  • HSCI 358. Water Quality and Pollution Control

    Major sources and control of water pollution. Includes discussion of water legislation, wastewater treatment, quality control criteria for safe drinking water and their impact on aquatic life. Prerequisites: HSCI 352, college-level coursework in biology and chemistry, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
  • HSCI 381. Occupational Safety

    Principles of industrial safety, including general principles; accident control; industrial, mechanical, electrical, chemical and flammability hazards; fire and explosion protection; accident investigation; industrial safety inspections; record keeping; safety training and emergency planning; methods of industrial safety management as a unifying theme. (4 units)
  • HSCI 477. Environmental Health Engineering

    Methods used in designing systems which mitigate environmental contamination of air, soil, and water. Topics include stream re-aeration, kinetics of biological degradation, soil mechanics, adsorption and other principles related to environmental media protection and renovation. Prerequisites: HSCI 120 and 352. (4 units)
  • HSCI 499. Directed Reading

    Library/literature research of special topic under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, a maximum of eight units may be applied toward graduation. Units from Directed Reading may not be used by student for departmental honors. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and completion of basic course work in topic area. A written plan of study must be submitted to and approved by the supervising faculty prior to registration in the course. (1 to 4 units)
  • HSCI 530. Food-Borne Illnesses and Their Prevention

    Food-borne illnesses and food poisoning of microbial and chemical origins, causation and environmental control measures; proper environmental control measures; and proper environmental health conditions involved in storage, transportation and service of foods in order to minimize health dangers. Formerly HSCI 430. Prerequisite: HSCI 352. (4 units)
  • HSCI 531. Bioterrorism

    History, identification, properties and mode of transmission of agents of bioterrorism, including preventive, control and treatment measures against bioterrorism. Prerequisites: college level biology and chemistry or consent of instructor. (4 units)
  • HSCI 557. Hazardous Material Control

    Major methods for the control of hazardous wastes from generation through disposal, including disease, environmental and legal aspects of hazardous wastes as well as discussion of various disposal techniques. Formerly HSCI 357. Prerequisites: college-level biology and chemistry courses. (4 units)
  • HSCI 558. Management of Water Quality

    Survey of water quality parameters and pollution control techniques. Includes in-depth discussion on current topics in water legislation, water pollution and its impact on public health, flood impacts, water conservation options and drought management. Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 617 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
  • HSCI 595. Independent Study

    Research in special topics or projects including literature review for laboratory and/or applied research under the direction of a faculty member. A written report of the end product must be submitted and approved by a committee of faculty. Review of literature alone on a specific topic may not be used for independent study. A total of eight units may apply toward graduation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1 to 4 units)
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