Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (BSEH)

Why choose Environmental Health as a career?
environmental health student conducting field research

Prospects for employment for the environmental health graduate are excellent. Both public and official concern with environmental health problems remains high and legislation continues to create new opportunities in the field. The possible occupations open to the person with a degree in Environmental Health Sciences are many and diverse. Graduates can begin their professional careers as entry level environmental health scientists, industrial hygienists, and loss prevention officers.

Employers include industry, academic institutions, health and regulatory agencies at the local, state or federal level. In addition, work as an environmental health consultant to private and public groups is open to graduates, as are such specialized assignments as a Health Officer on cruise ships or in international health programs. Many graduates have accepted commissions in the United States Public Health Service. A number of graduates go on to graduate studies and find greater specialization in one of the many aspects of environmental health practice. Finally, some graduates decide to pursue careers in medicine and dentistry.

In North Carolina, the starting annual salary for environmental health graduates ranges from $35,000 to $47,000. Regional salaries are comparable. The upper limit on salaries ranges from $47,000 to $150,000+ depending on the final level of professionalism reached.

Why choose ECU EHS Program?
  • The BS Environmental Health program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Such accreditation makes our students eligible to apply for great internship and scholarship opportunities that are only available for EHAC-accredited programs, and makes our graduates eligible for appointment in the U.S. uniformed services (e.g. US Public Health Service, US Navy).
  • Our EHS faculty members have many years of experience and certifications in their own field of expertise as practitioners and/or researchers. Students receive hands-on training in the laboratory and in the field.
  • BSEH students have opportunities for research experience through involvement in faculty research projects and ECU-funded undergraduate research projects.
collage of environmental health students conducting research
Our BSEH Student Internship Experiences
    BSEH students in our EHS Program had great internship experiences in the following areas:
  • U.S Coast Guard
  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • North Carolina Coastal Federation
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Marine Corps Base (e.g., Camp Lejeune)
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • American Red Cross
  • Industrial hygiene consultancy (e.g., Workplace Hygiene, Inc.)
  • State parks (e.g., Goose Creek)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Manufacturing companies (e.g., Nucor Building Systems)
  • Food processing industries (e.g., Piedmont Trading, Inc., Sara Lee Bakery, Mt. Olive Pickle Co.)
  • Water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Local and state health departments
  • School/ university health and safety departments
  • Outreach organizations (e.g., New Life International)
collage of environmental health students on internships

See where some of our BSEH students had their internships and what their related experiences are.

Our BSEH Alumni Success

Graduates from our BS Environmental Health degree program work in a variety of jobs, both in the public (i.e., local and state departments, federal government) and private sectors.

collage of environmental health alumni

See what some of our BSEH alumni are doing to make a difference in Environmental Health.

Environmental Health Sciences Curriculum

The curriculum provides an education in the liberal arts as well as the technical training needed to become an environmental health scientist. The curriculum consists of two phases: the first two years are preparatory, during which the general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree are met, and those courses that are required as background for the second phase of the program can be taken. The junior and senior years make up the professional phase of the program, with course work taken in the specialty. Required core courses include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology

This educational background not only produces a competent entry level individual in the Environmental Health Sciences field, but allows a qualified student to pursue a graduate education in other fields including biology, chemistry, toxicology, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

View BSEH degree requirements.


Students are encouraged to enter the University at the freshman level with a declared intent to major in Environmental Health. Whether admission is at the freshman level or by transfer, the Environmental Health program selects those individuals who seem best qualified for admission into the program.

Environmental Health professionals work in a wide variety of settings. Almost all of these involve working with people. The practitioner must like people, have a concern to serve, and be able to translate scientific and technical information into clear and understandable language for educational, legal and general information.

Contact Information
Mr. William Hill

If you are interested in the undergraduate program, please contact:

Mr. William Hill
Undergraduate Program Director
Environmental Health Sciences Program
Carol Belk Building Room 3404, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Tel: 252-737-1475

You ... and East Carolina University

East Carolina University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, the state system of higher education, and offers degrees at the baccalaureate and higher levels.

East Carolina University serves the region, as well as the broader national and international communities. The University has a student body of 20,000 students and 1,300 faculty. A medical school and eleven professional schools are part of the campus.

Two libraries serve the ECU campus - one at the medical school and the other at the main campus. Mainframe computers and personal computers as well as wireless technology are available to students and facilitate research opportunities.

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, a growing city of more than 63,000 in the coastal plain region of the state. Greenville has superior cultural and social attractions, and shopping facilities are excellent. Recreational opportunities abound in the city and the surrounding area. The Pamlico Sound can be reached in half an hour; fine, sparsely populated ocean beaches are less than two hours away. For mountain lovers, a few hours drive brings beautiful hiking and skiing country.

Housing is available in on-campus dormitories or in the community. Houses or apartments are available in a wide price range.