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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 (81 units)

Total Units for Graduation: 120 

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

Lower-Division Requirements (39 units)

PHYS 2000L Introduction to Physics I Lab (1)

Semester Prerequisite: MATH 1601 or 2210, with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: MATH 192 or 211, with a grade of C- or better
Semester Corequisite: PHYS 2000
Laboratory associated with Introduction to Physics I (PHYS 2000). Student majoring in physics, computer science or engineering, or closely related fields should enroll in PHYS 2500 and PHYS 2500L. Formerly part of the PHYS 121, 122, and 123 sequences. Satisfies GE Category B3. Materials fee required.

PHYS 2010 Introduction to Physics II (4)

Semester Prerequisite: PHYS 2000. Quarter Prerequisite: PHYS 121
Second course of a year long sequence surveying the basic concepts of physics, primarily for natural science students. Students majoring in physics, computer science or engineering, or closely related fields should instead enroll in PHYS 2510. This course will cover the basic principles of electricity, magnetism, waves, optics, and modern physics. Formerly part of the PHYS 121, 122, and 123 sequence.

HSCI 1200. Health and Society: An Ecological Approach (3)

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)

PHYS 2010L Introduction to Physics II Lab (1)

Semester Prerequisite: PHYS 2000 and 2000L. Prerequisite: PHYS 121
Semester Corequisite: PHYS 2010
Laboratory associated with Introduction to Physics II (PHYS 2010). Students majoring in physics, computer science or engineering, or closely related fields should instead enroll in PHYS 2510 and PHYS 2510L. Formerly part of the PHYS 121, 122, and 123 sequence. Materials fee required.

HSCI 1200L Health and Society: An Ecological and Societal Approach Lab (1)

Semester Corequisite: HSCI 1200 or instructor consent
Laboratory component for HSCI 1200. Reinforces health topics covered in lecture and adds significant understanding to health concepts by having students perform personal health analyses, complete surveys, assess the environment using equipment for sound level, water quality, temperature and humidity, analyze epidemiological data, perform experiments to assess sexual and reproductive health, perform diet analysis of food consumed, analyze food labels and food for composition, assess stress level and its management, assess the impact of tobacco, drug, and alcohol on the body, and apply other lecture topics using case studies, scenarios, and health data. Students attain scientific knowledge working individually, in small groups and the entire laboratory class by explaining, analyzing, and interpreting health data and by class discussions. When combined with HSCI 1200, this course is equivalent to the previously offered HSCI 120. Satisfies GE Category B3. Materials fee required.

MATH 1601 Modeling with Calculus (3)

Semester Prerequisite: MATH 1301 or MATH 1303 or MATH 1401 or MATH 1402 or equivalent or satisfactory placement status. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination, or passage of MATH 110
Survey of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on conceptual understanding and modeling the world around us. Use of mathematical technologies for visualization, experimentation, and problem solving. Not a substitute for any course in the calculus sequence MATH 2210, MATH 2220, MATH 2310, MATH 2320. Formerly offered as MATH 192, students may not receive credit for both. Satisfies the GE Category B4.

CHEM 2100 General Chemistry I (4)

Semester Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry and three years of high school mathematics or their equivalents and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1401, MATH 1402, MATH 2210 or MATH 2220. Quarter Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry and three years of high school mathematics, or their equivalents; completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 110, MATH 120, MATH 192, MATH 211, or MATH 212
Systematic study of fundamental chemical and physical principles and their application to the properties of matter, including atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, periodic trends in the properties of the elements, gas laws, solution properties, and quantitative relationships involving chemical reactions. Satisfies GE Category B1. Formerly offered as CHEM 215.

HSCI 2203 Introduction to Statistics in Health Sciences (3)

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 2202
The course provides an overview of concepts and application of introductory statistics, including descriptive and inferential relevant to health sciences. An introduction to statistical software is included.

CHEM 2100L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)

Semester Corequisite: CHEM 2100
Experiments supporting, demonstrating, and investigating CHEM 2100 course material including density, chemical reactivity, chemical analysis, stoichiometry, and emission. Satisfies GE laboratory requirement in Category B. Previously laboratory component of CHEM 215. Credit may not be received for both courses.

BIOL 2200 Microbiology for Allied Health Majors (4)

Semester Prerequisite: BIOL 1000 strongly recommended. Quarter Prerequisite: one lower-division biology course
Structure, physiology, and classification of bacteria, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses. Rudiments of infection and immunity, and overview of pathogenic microbes. Laboratory training in microscopy, cultivation, and identification of microorganisms. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Students enrolling in this course for a third time may do so only with the consent of instructor. Formerly BIOL 220; students may not receive credit for both.

CHEM 2200 General Chemistry II (4)

Semester Prerequisite: CHEM 2100 with a grade of C or better and one of the following, MATH 1301, MATH 1401, MATH 1601, MATH 2210, or MATH 2220. Quarter Prerequisite: CHEM 215 with a grade of C or better and MATH 111B or 112C
This course deals with the spontaneity, extent and rate of chemical processes. Covers chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, including acid-base and solubility equilibria, and electrochemistry. CHEM 2200 and 2200L are equivalent to Chem 216. Students may not earn credit for CHEM 2200 if they have earned credit for CHEM 216.

CHEM 2200L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)

Semester Prerequisite: CHEM 2100L, and CHEM 2200 as a pre- or co-requisite. Quarter Prerequisite: CHEM 215
Experiments supporting, demonstrating, and investigating CHEM 2200 course material including thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibria, solubility, acid-base reactions and electrochemistry. CHEM 2200 and 2200L are equivalent to Chem 216; students may not earn credit for CHEM 2200L if they have earned credit for CHEM 216. Materials fee required.

CHEM 2060 Survey of Organic and Biochemistry (4)

Semester Prerequisite: CHEM 2050. Quarter Prerequisite: CHEM 205
A survey of organic and biochemistry for those interested in understanding the role of chemistry in human health and nutrition, ecosystems and the physical environment. CHEM 2060 and CHEM 2060L are equivalent to CHEM 206 and CHEM 207; students may not earn credit for CHEM 2060 if they have earned credit for CHEM 206 and 207.

CHEM 2060L Survey of Organic and Biochemistry Lab (1)

Semester Prerequisite: CHEM 2050 & CHEM 2050L; CHEM 2060 as a pre or corequisite, or consent of department. Quarter Prerequisite: CHEM 205
Laboratory experiments supporting topics in CHEM 2060. Materials fee required. CHEM 2060 and CHEM 2060L are equivalent to CHEM 206 and CHEM 207. Students may not earn credit for CHEM 2060L if they have earned credit for CHEM 206 and 207.

PHYS 2000 Introduction to Physics I (4)

Semester Prerequisite: MATH 1601 or 2210, with a grade of C or better. Quarter Prerequisite: MATH 192 or 211, with a grade of C- or better
First course of a year long sequence surveying the basic concepts of physics, primarily for natural science students. Student majoring in physics, computer science or engineering, or closely related fields should enroll in PHYS 2500. This course will cover the basic principles of mechanics, oscillations, thermodynamics and fluids. Satisfies GE Category B1. Formerly part of the PHYS 121, 122, and 123 sequences.

One year sequence of Biology courses (8 units)

Choose a minimum of 8 units from Group A or Group B:

Group A
  • BIOL 1000 Introduction to Biology: Provides a broad introduction of biology, including our molecular-organismic-ecological heritage and the role of humans within the biosphere. Not intended for biology or biochemistry majors. When combined with BIOL 1000L, this course is equivalent to the previously offered BIOL 100. Students may not receive credit for both. Satisfies GE Category B2.
  • BIOL 1000L Introduction to Biology Lab: Semester Corequisite: BIOL 1000 or instructor consent
    Introductory level hands-on observation and experimentation on biological specimens, materials, and models. Not intended for biology and biochemistry majors. Materials fee required. When combined with BIOL 1000, this course is equivalent to the previously offered BIOL 100. Students may not receive credit for both. Satisfies GE Category B3.
  • BIOL 2230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health Majors: Semester Prerequisite: Be declared in one of the following degree options: BS in Nursing, or BS in Health Science, or BS in Nutrition and Food Science, or BS in Kinesiology, or Minor in Kinesiology; or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: BIOL 100 and be declared in one of the following degree options: BS in Nursing, or BS in Health Science, or BS in Nutrition and Food Science, or BS in Kinesiology, or Minor in Kinesiology; or consent of instructor
    Covers living chemistry, cells, tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Previously offered as BIOL 223. Students may not receive credit for both courses. Students enrolling in this course for a third time may do so only with the consent of instructor.
Group B
  • BIOL 2010 Principles of Biology I: Semester Prerequisite: CHEM 2100 with a grade of C or higher. Quarter Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination. Provides a foundational understanding of the process of life and the universality of life processes at the molecular and cellular level. Introduces diversity, structure and function of Bacteria, Archaea, protists, and plants. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. When combined with BIOL 2020, this course is equivalent to the previously offered BIOL 200, 201, and 202. Satisfies GE category B2; B3.
  • BIOL 2020 Principles of Biology II: Semester Prerequisite: BIOL 2010 with a grade of C or better. Quarter Prerequisite: BIOL 200 and BIOL 201 with a grade of C or better. Provides a foundational understanding of the principles of genetics, evolution and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities. Introduces diversity, structure and function of animals and fungi. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. When combined with BIOL 2010, this course is equivalent to the previously offered BIOL 200, 201, and 202.

Upper-Division Requirements (28 units)

HSCI 3580 Principles of Toxicology (3)

Semester Prerequisite: College-level biology and chemistry courses. Quarter Prerequisite: College-level biology and chemistry courses
Principles of chemical toxicity and relationship to public health, including intoxication, disease, dose-response measurement, mechanisms of action, and antidotal therapy. Discussion of various classes of chemical intoxicants and specific toxicological studies as related to various food, drug, consumer, industrial, and environmental problems. Formerly HSCI 380; students may not earn credit for both. Graded ABC/No Credit.

HSCI 4202. Epidemiology (3)

The course provides an introduction to methods and application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of diseases and other health problems. Emphasis is given to descriptive epidemiology, data interpretation, trend analyses, and introductory epidemiologic study design. Formerly HSCI 451; students may not earn credit for both courses.

HSCI 4502 Principles of Occupational Health (4)

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 3052 and college-level coursework in chemistry or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: HSCI 352 and college-level coursework in biology and chemistry or consent of instructor
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 topics include: toxic and hazardous chemicals, airborne chemicals, materials of biological origin, noise, and electromagnetic radiation. Three hours lecture and three hours of laboratory. Formerly HSCI 402; students may not earn credit for both courses. Materials fee required. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 4503 Vector-borne Disease Control (4)

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 3052 and college-level coursework in chemistry or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: HSCI 352 and college-level coursework in chemistry or consent of instructor
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 impacts on health and environmental quality. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Formerly HSCI 403; student may not earn credit for both. Materials fee required. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 3052. Principles of Environmental Health (3)

Semester Prerequisite: College-level course in Biology. Quarter Prerequisite: College-level course in Biology
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. Formerly HSCI 352; students may not earn credit for both courses. Graded ABC/No Credit.

HSCI 4501 Advanced Environmental Health (4)

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 3052 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: HSCI 352 or consent of instructor
An integrated view of the environmental factors that contribute to illness, injury, or death of individuals and populations. Lecture 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. Lab topics include: environments within buildings, food sanitation, water sanitation and control, solid and hazardous waste and control, air pollution and control, and community noise and control. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Formerly HSCI 401; students may not earn credit for both. Materials fee required. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 4578 Environmental Health Management (3)

Semester Prerequisite: College-level coursework in biology and chemistry. Quarter Prerequisite: College-level coursework in biology and chemistry
Methods of management for promoting optimum environmental health, emphasizing land use planning, environmental impact reporting, facility planning, and risk assessment. Formerly HSCI 458. Students may not earn credit for both. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 5754 Internship in Environmental Health (4)

Individual studies in environmental health under supervision of a preceptor at a rotation site. Students will be placed with public agencies to gain 180 hours of applied and/or research experience as an environmental health specialist. To be taken during the final semester of the program with consent of the instructor. Formerly HSCI 496; students may not earn credit for both. Graded credit/no credit.

Environmental Health Science Concentration (6 units)

Six units chosen from the following (or others as approved by the program faculty advisor)

HSCI 3558 Water Quality and Pollution Control

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 3052 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: HSCI 352 or consent of instructor
Topics include sources of water pollution, methods of control, water legislation, wastewater treatment, quality control criteria for safe drinking water, and impact of water quality on aquatic life, and public health. Formerly HSCI 358; students may not earn credit for both. Graded ABC/No Credit.

HSCI 4577 Environmental Health Engineering

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 3052 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: HSCI 352
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. Formerly HSCI 477; students may not earn credit for both. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 5557 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

Semester Prerequisite: BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2230, and CHEM 2100. Quarter Prerequisite: BIOL 200 or BIOL 223, and CHEM 215
Major methods for the control of solid and hazardous wastes from generation, transportation through disposal, including health impacts, environmental, and legal aspects of solid and hazardous wastes as well as discussion of various disposal techniques. Formerly a combination of HSCI 354 and HSCI 357; students earning credit for HSCI 354 and 357 may not earn credit for HSCI 5557. Graded ABC/No Credit.

HSCI 5558 Management of Water Quality

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 3558 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: HSCI 358 or consent of instructor
Survey of water quality parameters and pollution control techniques. Includes in-depth discussion of current topics in water legislation, water pollution and its impact on public health, flood impacts, water conservation options, and drought management. Formerly HSCI 558; students may not earn credit for both. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 3522 Air Pollution and Radiological Health

Semester Prerequisite: College-level courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Quarter Prerequisite: College-level courses in biology, chemistry, and physics
Principles of air quality management and effects of radiation on health. Topics include health implications of polluted air, applicable fundamentals of meteorology, air quality regulations, current concepts in air pollution control technology, and effects of radiation. Methods of identification, evaluation, and control of exposure to radiation and polluted air are emphasized. Formerly a combination of HSCI 322 and HSCI 324; students earning credit for HSCI 322 and 324 may not earn credit for HSCI 3522. Graded ABC/No Credit.

HSCI 3556 Housing, Institutions, and Land Use

Basic public health principles, regulations, and environmental quality considerations associated with residential and recreational housing, land use, and institutions such as health care, educational, and penal facilities. Relationship of housing quality to physical, socio-economic, and ethnic/cultural factors, and their influences on health. Understanding regulations of public and private housing land use such as measurement, zoning, subdivision mapping, coordinates, and development. Formerly HSCI 356; students may not earn credit for both.

HSCI 3581 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; and methods of industrial safety management as a unifying theme. Formerly HSCI 381; students may not earn credit for both. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 5530 Food-Borne Illnesses and Their Prevention

Semester Prerequisite: HSCI 3052 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: HSCI 352 or consent of instructor
Microbial, chemical, and other factors of food-borne illnesses, food poisoning, and their prevention. Discussion of food safety and proper environmental control measures for environmental health conditions involved in purchase, preparation, storage, transportation, and service of foods to minimize health dangers. Formerly HSCI 530; students may not earn credit for both. Graded ABC/no credit.

HSCI 5531 Bioterrorism and Emergency Response

A general overview of the history, identification, properties, and mode of transmission of agents of terrorist acts: agro-, bio-, chemical-, and nuclear terrorism with the main focus on bioterrorism, including its prevention, control, and counter measures. Discussion of emergency preparedness and response, including incident command and resource allocation in the event of incidence of bioterrorism. Graded ABC/No Credit. Formerly offered HSCI 531; students may not receive credit for both courses.