Environmental Health Sciences

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Environmental Health Sciences

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Director: Stapleton, Carl R., Associate Professor
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Sciences program is designed to prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities in the environmental profession. With a total of 22 hours of approved electives, students can focus on their individual career objective. Although the curriculum prepares students to be immediately competitive for environmental employment upon graduation, it also emphasizes research and creates a foundation for those seeking graduate degrees in the environmental field. Employment opportunities are available both in the public and private sectors. Courses within the curriculum emphasize development of environmental skills in both field and laboratory settings. These environmental skills include permitting, impact analysis, restoration ecology, sampling, computer modeling, epidemiology, planning, energy analysis, toxicology, risk assessment, research methods, information dissemination, and best management practices. Both cooperative education and internship experiences are available for majors. A student chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals provides opportunities for professional growth and community service involvement.


General Information

Admission Requirements

To major in Environmental Health Sciences, a student must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better and must have completed both ENHS 2320 and ENHS 2120 with a grade of “C” or better. Any decisions concerning environmental health sciences course equivalencies will be made by the Program Director.

The B.S. degree in Environmental Health Sciences is a combined major-minor in Environmental Health Sciences and Biology. Therefore, a minor is not required for the Environmental Health Sciences major, but a separate minor can still be selected.

Requirements for the Environmental Health Sciences major include the following:
(1) Basic Sciences – 29 credit hours;
(2) Core – 11 credit hours;
(3) Environmental Media – 6 credit hours;
(4) Environmental Analysis and Risk Assessment – 8 credit hours;
(5) Biology Electives (Approved) – 11 credit hours; and
(6) General Electives (Approved) – 15 credit hours.

Minor in Environmental Health Sciences

A minor in Environmental Health Sciences requires 18 credit hours, including ENHS 2320, Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences, ENHS 2120, Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory, and ENHS 3310, Environmental Regulations. A grade of “C” or better is required for both ENHS 2320 and ENHS 2120 prior to enrollment in any upper level ENHS courses. The remaining 11 credit hours are course electives from the ENHS program. Elective hours must be approved by the Program Director. Some environmental health sciences elective courses may require completion of prerequisites other than ENHS 2320, ENHS 2120, and ENHS 3310.


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Sciences

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (84 hours)

ENHS Foundation Requirements (11 hours)

    ENHS 2320 Intro Environmental Health Sciences
    ENHS 2120 Intro Environmental Health Sciences Lab
    ENHS 3310 Environmental Regulations
    ENHS 4389 Research in Environmental Health Sciences
    ENHS 4190 Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental Media (6 Hours)
Select Two Courses
    ENHS 3350 Principles of Air Pollution
    ENHS 3340 Intro Water Resources Management
    BIOL 4314/5314 Soil Biology
Environmental Analysis & Risk Assessment (8 Hours)
Select Two Courses
    ENHS 4415/5415 Environmental Impact Analysis
    ENHS 4410/5410 Environmental Planning
    ENHS 4430/5430 Epidemiology: Environment and Health
Basic Science Foundation Requirements (37 hours)
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    or BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 2402 Botany
    or BIOL 2403 Zoology
    BIOL 3303/3103 Principles of Ecology w/Lab
    Chemistry (12 hours)
    CHEM 1400 Fundamental Chemistry I
    or 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1401 Fundamental Chemistry II
    or 1403 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 2450 Organic Survey
    or CHEM 3150/3350 General Organic Chemistry I with lab
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    STAT 2350 Intro Statistical Methods
    CPSC 1370 Computer Literacy
Approved Electives (14 hours)
Recommended Courses
    ERSC 4421 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    ERSC 4422 Applied GIS
    RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    PSYC 3308 Urban Environmental Psychology
    Other Courses by Approval of Program Director Required
Approved Biology Electives (8 Hours)
Recommended Courses
    BIOL 3400 Developmental Biology BIOL 3408
    BIOL 4402 Limnology
    BIOL 4406 Pathogenic Microbiology
    BIOL 4413 Immunology
    BIOL 4424 Entomology

Other Courses by Approval of Program Director Required

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


BS Degree in Environmental Health Sciences Combined Major-Minor (Environmental Health Sciences and Biology)

Recommended Curriculum Sequence

First Semester (16 credit hours)
    RHET 1311 Composition I (3 hours)
    MATH 1302 College Algebra (3 hours)
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I (3 hours)
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    or BIOL 1401 Science of Biology (4 hours)
    CPSC 1370 Computer Literacy (3 hours)
Second Semester (14 credit hours)
    RHET 1312 Composition II (3 hours)
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication (3 hours)
    CHEM 1400 Fundamental Chemistry I
    or CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I (4 hours)
    ENHS 2320 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (3hours)
    ENHS 2120 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory (1 hour)
Third Semester (17 credit hours)
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II (3 hours)
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I (3 hours)
    CHEM 1401 Fundamental Chemistry II
    or CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II (4 hours)
    ENHS 3310 Environmental Regulations (3 hours)
    BIOL 2402 Botany
    or BIOL 2403 Zoology (4 hours)
Fourth Semester (17 credit hours)
    STAT 2350 Statistical Methods (3 hours)
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology (4 hours)
    ENHS 3340
    or ENHS 3350
    or BIOL 4314 (3 hours)
    BIOL 3303 and BIOL 3103 Ecology Lecture and Laboratory (4 hours)
    ARHA 2305 Art History
    or THEA 2305 Introduction to Theater
    or MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music (3 hours)
Fifth Semester (14 credit hours)
    CHEM 2450 Organic Survey
    or CHEM 3350 General Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 3150 General Organic I Lab (4 hours)
    General Elective (3 hours)
    ENHS 4415 Environmental Impact Analysis
    or ENHS 4410 Environmental Planning
    or ENHS 4430 Epidemiology: Environment and Health (4 hours)
    POLS 1310 American National Government
    or HIST 2311
    or HIST 2312 (3 hours)
Sixth Semester (14 credit hours)
    BIOL Elective (4 hours)
    General Elective (3 hours)
    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
    ENHS 4415 Environmental Impact Analysis
    or ENHS 4410 Environmental Planning
    or ENHS 4430 Epidemiology: Environment and Health (4 hours)
Seventh Semester (14 credit hours)
    PSYC 2300 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
    General Elective (4 hours)
    BIOL Elective (4 hours)
    ENHS 4389 Research in Environmental Health Sciences (3 hours)
Eighth Semester (14 credit hours)
    ENHS 3340
    or ENHS 3350
    or BIOL 4314 (3 hours)
    ENHS 4190 Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences (1 hour)
    General Elective (4 hours)
    ARHA 2305 Art History
    or THEA 2305 Introduction to Theater
    or MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music (3 hours)
    ENGL 2337
    or ENGL 2338
    or PHIL 2320 (3 hours)