Offered by: Cal Poly Pomona, University Interdisciplinary Programs
The minor provides majors in Biological Sciences, Plant Science, Food Science and Technology, and other majors with courses which prepare students for careers in the California Department of Health Services as Environmental Health Specialists. Increasing awareness of pollution and other health-related environmental problems has led to a demand for specialists to enforce and administer laws governing water, food, and air contamination, noise, land use planning, occupational health hazards, and animal vectors of disease. Many job opportunities exist in California for individuals trained as Environmental Health Specialists according to the California Department of Health Services.
The California Health and Safety Code outlines the standards for admission to the state internship program to become a registered specialist. The minimum educational qualifications are possession of a bachelor's degree from an approved institution with a minimum of 35 units of basic science. The basic science requirement would be met by most students in Biological Sciences and in Agriculture. Students interested in more information may contact Dr. Valerie Mellano (Plant Science Department), or Dr. John Chan (Biological Sciences Department).