UGA Specific Information for Environmental Health Science

Environmental Health Science is the study of the biological, chemical and physical agents occurring naturally or introduced into the environment and their effects on our health and well-being. It includes a study of human activities, a vital component in our complex ecosystem. It serves the general welfare by safeguarding and improving the quality of food, shelter, air, water and other natural resources. Students take applied environmental health science courses in such areas as air, water and noise pollution; solid and hazardous waste management; environmental toxicology; industrial hygiene; food microbiology; epidemiology; and environmental health administration. The degree program is nationally accredited and is the only undergraduate environmental health program in Georgia. The BSEH degree also provides excellent preparation for post-graduate studies in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Pharmacy, as well as graduate work in Public Health, Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental Science.

Class of 2023 Career Outcomes for Environmental Health Science*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

  • Activities, Clubs and Honor Societies
  • Environmental Health Science Club
  • Epsilon Nu Eta (Env Health Science Honor Society)
  • Adopt-A-Stream
  • Student Chapter, American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Georgia Environmental Health Association and National Environmental Health Association

To find additional clubs and organizations, go to the Center for Student Organizations

Connect with your Career Consultant

  • Finding Research:

  • Pre-Health Students: The UGA Career Center offers support specifically for you through Pre-Health Appointments, which can be scheduled through Handshake. The Career Center can help you:

    • explore roles in healthcare
    • prepare application materials
    • prepare for interviews
    • navigate growth years.

You can self-enroll in our Career Development Resources eLC for Pre-Health Students for helpful information that you can access from anywhere at any point. If you have questions specifically about GPA, application walkthroughs, and prerequisite course requirements for professional programs, schedule an appointment with the Pre-Professional Advising Office.

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations

What do Trained Environmental Health Professionals Do?

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Restaurant Inspection
  • Noise Abatement
  • Retail Food Facilities
  • Toxic Site Cleanup
  • Solid waste handling and disposal
  • Wells and water systems monitoring
  • Industrial health and safety
  • Food protection and safety
  • Wildlife health/management
  • Drinking water quality
  • Air quality
  • Environmental health education
  • Toxicology
  • Radiation protection
  • Housing safety and lead monitoring
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Public pool health and safety
  • Vector control
  • Hazardous materials handling and incident response

*Taken from California State University "Environmental Health Career Opportunities"

Joint B.S. in Environmental Health and Biological Engineering

A dual degree in BSEH-BSBE (BS Environmental Health - BS Biological Engineering) is offered for students wanting to combine EHS with the quantitative and design aspects of a degree in biological engineering (environmental area of emphasis). The BSEH-BSBE curriculum fully integrates the two accredited degree programs into a 5-year course of study, which culminates in the awarding of both degrees. In order to complete the program in five years, students should begin the program in their freshman year, although later enrollment is also possible.

Additional Career Research Resources

O*NET Online – The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with over 900 occupations.  

My Next Move – An interactive tool for students and job seekers to learn more about their career options.  

Occupational Outlook Handbook – The OOH is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide most of jobs in the United States.  

Vault – provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company, or profession – and how to position yourself to land that job.  

Candid Career – This resource provides you with access to thousands of informational video interviews with real professionals through an easy-to-use website.  

UGA Mentor Program – Connect with a mentor (alumni, faculty, staff) to research and explore industries and careers. Research industries and careers by connecting with a mentor for a quick chat or formal 16-week mentorship through the UGA Mentor Program.  

Interstride - Interstride is an interactive tool for both international and domestic students to enhance their international experience and employment potential. The platform consists of job-listings, hiring trends, employer information, self-assessments, and up-to-date immigration guidance. 

Glassdoor - Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers an inside look at jobs and companies through "employee generated content" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees and job seekers.  

Steppingblocks - Research your future career with real-world stats about your major, your interests, and your dream job title with career and education searches designed to find your best path based on millions of others. It’s data-powered career exploration for doers like you.

Employment Websites


  • Handshake (scroll down to the bottom of the page; login with your UGA MyID and password)  

  • LinkedIn (this popular networking site also has a job board!) 

  • Idealist (non-profit jobs) 

  • USAJobs (federal jobs) 

Professional Associations/Resources

Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2023 Environmental Health Science majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Analog Devices Environmental Health Engineer
CGA Solutions Private Investigator
Critical Technology Services Technology Strategist
Indian Health Service Environmental Health Specialist
Liberty Mutual Insurance Environmental Underwriting Trainee
St. Mary’s Health Care System Unit Secretary and Monitor Technician
Triumvirate Environmental Environmental Specialist
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2023 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2023 Environmental Health Science majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Augusta University Physician Assistant, PA
Columbia University Public Health, MPH
Emory University Public Health, MPH
Rice University Environmental Engineering, PhD
St. George’s University Unspecified Master's Program, MD
University of Georgia Unspecified Master's Program
University of Georgia Public Health, Degree Not Specified
University of Georgia Pharmacy, PharmD
University of Georgia Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Degree Not Specified
University of Texas at Austin Communication Studies, Graduate Certificate
University of Washington Environmental and Occupational Health Science, MS
* denotes no responses received.