• Environmental Science and Technology
    Protecting native plants is
    important to sustainability
  • Environmental Science and Technology
    Jarrett Miller is part of the
    Campus Clean Up Crew
  • Environmental Science and Technology
    Students pick up trash from
    Stones River as part of a United Way Big Event
  • Environmental Science and Technology
    Rain gardents fulfill a vital ecological role on campus

Environmental Science and Technology

Located squarely at the intersection of science, technology, and psychology, careers in Environmental Science and Technology span myriad job descriptions and represent an endless array of new, exciting challenges. Depending on their interests, students can choose between concentrations in Energy Technology and Environmental Health and Safety. Those who want to pursue the very timely topics of energy generation and conservation, water quality, recycling, and solid waste management will choose the first. The second can lead to careers in environmental safety, both through addressing specific issues and through environmental engineering design. These interdisciplinary programs are invaluable in today's world with its numerous unanswered questions about what's happening to planet Earth.

Eva Wright, a recent graduate now works for Antea Group

A job that satisfies...

A student pursuing a degree in Environmental Health and Safety soon realizes one of the real joys of the profession—every day on the job is a day spent making things safer and improving the health and future health of others, be they coworkers, neighbors, or complete strangers. This makes the field satisfying in a way one usually associates with medical occupations. It also makes every day different and every challenge new. “I know that the work I do every day keeps the men and women I work with safe and healthy and able to go home to their families every night,” says Eva Wright, a recent graduate of the program who now works for Antea Group in Seattle, Washington.

MTSU's Center for Energy Efficiency develops, implements, and advances sound energy management practices

Using energy wisely

Established in 1999, MTSU's Center for Energy Efficiency (CEE) develops, implements, and advances sound energy management practices for the University and the community. The center provides additional opportunities for students pursuing a concentration in Energy Technology to become involved in projects and initiatives implemented on the campus and beyond. Among its services, the CEE manages the University's recycling program and offers certification seminars, training opportunities, and leadership in achieving energy management and efficiency goals.

The interaction between technology and the environment—and the need to manage it safely—represents a continuously expanding field of career opportunities. Examples include

  • Construction safety manager
  • Development director
  • Ecologist
  • Energy consultant
  • Energy manager
  • Environmental analyst
  • Environmental compliance and sustainability manager
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental health and safety manager
  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental technologist
  • Hazardous materials administrator
  • Health and safety trainer
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Regulatory compliance and sustainability specialist
  • Risk management engineer
  • Safety consultant
  • Safety inspector
  • Streams and watershed specialis


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Alcoa
  • Amazon
  • American Red Cross
  • Arnold Air
  • City of Smyrna
  • Coca Cola
  • EHS lab
  • Firestone
  • Goodrich
  • Johnson Electric
  • Microsoft
  • Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperative
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Murfreesboro Water and Sewer
  • Murfreesboro Electric Service
  • Nissan
  • Nucore
  • Rutherford County Government
  • Select Services
  • TVA
  • Vanderbilt Medical
  • Veterans Affairs
  • ViJon

Dr. Carol Boraiko
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Dr. Kathy Mathis
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Students who major in the Environmental Science and Technology program can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a concentration in either Energy Technology or Environmental Health and Safety. 

Undergraduate students may also pursue a minor in Environmental Science and Technology.

Other undergraduate majors in the Department of Engineering Technology leading to a B.S. include Engineering Technology with three concentrations: Computer Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology and Construction Management, also with three concentrations: Commercial Construction Management, Electrical Construction Management, or Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management. Interested students may take courses in Pre-engineering and Pre-architecture.

Undergraduate minors available include Electronics, Engineering Systems, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management.

Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in either Engineering Technology or Occupational Health and Safety.
Environmental Health and Safety Energy Technology


The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Environmental Science and Technology–Environmental Health and Safety Academic Map

Department of Engineering Technology
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
EST 28103  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4Take MATH 1730 first if weak background in Math; may take MATH 1910 with acceptable Math ACT score (26). MATH 20503
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL 14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  CHEM 3020/30214 
CHEM 3010/30114  PHYS 2010/20114 
ENGR 11003  HLTH 44603 
BIOL 1120/11214  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3     
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PHYS 2020/20214  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ET 44403  BIOL 4570/45713Offered spring only in odd years
ET 44503  ENGR 39703 
CHEM 2230/22315  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
    ENGR 39153 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  ENGR 39203 
EST 47703  CHEM 3530/35314 
CHEM 46003  Elective*3See advisor
Elective*3See advisor EST 49803See advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
*NOTE: Choose from EST 4810, EST 4840, ET 4900, ET 4815, ET 4970, BIOL 3400/3401, BIOL 4150, CHEM 4610, or HLTH 4270.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
EST 28103  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4Take MATH 1730 first if weak background in Math; may take MATH 1910 with acceptable Math ACT score (26). MATH 20503
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  CHEM 3020/30214 
CHEM 3010/30114  PHYS 2010/20114 
ENGR 11003  HLTH 44603 
BIOL 1120/11214  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PHYS 2020/20214  BIOL 4570/45713Offered spring only in odd years
ET 44403  ENGR 39703 
ET 44503  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
CHEM 2230/22315  ENGR 39153 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
EST 47703  ENGR 39203 
CHEM 46003  CHEM 3530/35314 
Elective3See advisor Elective3See advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  EST 49803See advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
NOTE: Choose from EST 4810, EST 4840, ET 4900, ET 4815, ET 4970, BIOL 3400/3401, BIOL 4150, CHEM 4610, or HLTH 4270.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Energy Technology Academic Map

Department of Engineering Technology
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
EST 28103  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4Take MATH 1730 first if weak background in Math; may take MATH 1910 with acceptable Math ACT score (26). MATH 20503
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  PHYS 2010/20114 
CHEM 2030/20314  ET 36104 
BIOL 1120/11214  GEOL 1040/1041 or ABAS 33404See advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 45303 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
EST 48203  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
PHYS 2020/20214  ET 38103 
ABAS 33703  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
GEOL 41304  EST 48103 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
EST 48403  ET 39203 
EST 47703  ET 36153See dept,/advisor
ET 48153  ENGR 3920 or BIOL 32203 
PHYS elective4See dept./advisor Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  ENGR 39703 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
EST 28103  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4Take MATH 1730 first if weak background in Math; may take MATH 1910 with acceptable Math ACT score (26). MATH 20503
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  PHYS 2010/20114 
CHEM 2030/20314  ET 36104 
BIOL 1120/11214  GEOL 1040/1041 or ABAS 33404See advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  GEOG 45303 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
EST 48203  ET 38103 
PHYS 2020/20214  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ABAS 33703  EST 48103 
GEOL 41304  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
EST 48403  ET 39203 
EST 47703  ET 36153See dept./advisor
ET 48153  ENGR 3920 or BIOL 32203 
PHYS elective4See dept./advisor ENGR 39703 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Environmental Science and Technology

EST 2810 - Introduction to Environmental Science
3 credit hours
The technical, economic, and political aspects of environmental science. Introduction to specific problems dealing with many pollution issues. Specific monitoring, abatement techniques, and equipment. An overview of energy production processes, industrial pollution problems, air, noise, solid and hazardous wastes, along with economic and environmental concerns. Field trips, lecture, and research projects and/or papers highlight specific topics of special interest to students.

EST 4760 - Seminar in Environmental Science and Technology
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Student presentations on capstone projects. Incorporates guest speakers, readings, reflective thought, career and job search, and discussions on environmental issues.

EST 4770 - Pollution Control Technology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 8 hours each in biology, chemistry, and physics, or consent of instructor. Solid waste and water pollution control technology. Legislative regulations and quality standards, pollution types and sources, detection and analysis instruments, and treatment or abatement principles and practices.

EST 4780 - Air, Solids, and Noise Pollution Technology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 8 hours each chemistry, biology, and physics or permission of instructor. Air, noise, solid and hazardous waste pollution technology, including legislative regulations and quality standards: sources, detection, and analysis instrumentation and practices, and treatment and abatement principles, equipment, and practices.

EST 4810 - Energy and the Environment
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 4 hours chemistry and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Sources and methods of energy production and classifications of energy usages, with emphasis on usage trends, energy conservation strategies, and alternate energy utilization.

EST 4820 - Solar Building Design
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 4 hours science and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Broad introduction to the environmental and economic impact of solar energy for residential and light industrial construction including day lighting, passive solar design, and hot water heating.

EST 4840 - Energy Auditing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 4 hours chemistry and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Types of energy consumption and classifications of energy usages, with emphasis on conservation strategies and total management for residential and industrial plants.

EST 4980 - Environmental Public Health
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 8 hours college biology and 8 hours college chemistry. Applying the sciences of biology, chemistry, statistics, and environmental engineering to the field of public health. Public health epidemiology and disease control concepts related to the anticipation, recognition, assessment, and control of common public health disease problems.