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Environmental  Health & Safety

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How does the EH&S Engineering Degree differ from the EH&S Generalist Degree?

2. What types of jobs are included in the EH&S profession?

3. What types of salary ranges apply to EH&S Engineering positions?

4. Why should I take an EH&S Engineering degree instead of a Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering degree?

5. Can I get a concentration in EH&S?


Answers:

1. How does the EH&S Engineering Degree differ from the EH&S Generalist Degree?

The EH&S Engineering Degree is targeted towards developing capabilities and knowledge to use technology to define, analyze and solve problems in the EH&S area. The Generalist Degree is targeted towards developing capabilities and knowledge to define and manage policy in the EH&S area.

2. What types of jobs are included in the EH&S profession?

They fall in the 3 general categories of Environmental, Industrial Hygiene and Industrial Safety. Environmental includes pollution control, prevention and remediation. Industrial Hygiene includes defining and eliminating avenues of exposure to toxic and carcinogenic components in the workplace. Industrial Safety includes defining and eliminating hazards in the job place and responding to emergency situation. A common component in all three areas is developing and complying with regulations.

3. What types of salary ranges apply to EH&S Engineering positions?

While we do not have actual data for EH&S graduates, based on Chemical Engineering graduates who have taken EH&S positions, EH&S Engineers should expect to make starting salaries equivalent to Chemical Engineers.

4. Why should I take an EH&S Engineering degree instead of a Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering degree?

The EH&S Engineering degree is more specific towards those areas that
have been defined by industry as necessary preparation for EH&S professional positions. The Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering degrees do not have enough electives to satisfy these criteria in addition to the courses already required for the major.

5. Can I get a concentration in EH&S? (Note we need to add a couple of these to the brochure!)

No. EH&S students emphasize an area through their selection of electives. The areas for which elective packages have already been defined include: Environmental Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Engineering, Ergonomics, Health Physics, EH&S Management and EH&S Chemistry.

 Dept. Chemical and Materials Engineering

Engineering Track
Dr. Michael B. Jennings: jennimi@email.sjsu.edu
Dr. Melanie McNeil: mmcneil@email.sjsu.edu

Generalist Track

Environmental Studies Department