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EGEE 110 - Environmental Health and Safety Science

This is a sample syllabus.

This sample syllabus is a representative example of the information and materials included in this course. Information about course assignments, materials, and dates listed here is subject to change at any time. Definitive course details and materials will be available in the official course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.


EGEE 110 (GN) Safety Science for the Rest of Your Life is a survey of applications and technologies associated with safety in our everyday life with associated review of scientific principles and economic, social, and political impacts.

Safety is an applied field that draws on many disciplines including engineering, science, psychology, and management fields. For an understanding of how humans interact with their working and living environment, one has to understand the basic sciences of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and psychology, as well as some of the traditional engineering disciplines. This general education course EGEE 110 is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of how these science and engineering principles can be applied to safety problems in everyday life.


Students who excel in this course are able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of how the dynamic processes of both the natural and man-made world impact the safety and well-being of all of us in our daily lives;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the common hazards inherent in industries, residences, transportation systems, natural environments, healthcare operations, etc.;
  • demonstrate the ability to understand and apply control strategies and protection measures to hazards and risks to self, family, friends, and co-workers throughout daily activities.

Required Materials

The materials listed here represent those that may be included in this course. Students will find a definitive list in the course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.

Optional Reference Text (not required)

Risk -- A practical guide for deciding what's really safe and what's really dangerous in the world around you; Houghton Mifflin Co.; Boston, 2002. ISBN 0-618-14372-6




We have worked hard to make this the most effective and convenient educational experience possible. How much and how well you learn is dependent on your attitude, diligence, and willingness to ask for clarifications or help when you need them. We are here to help you succeed. Please keep up with the class schedule and take advantage of opportunities to communicate with us and with your fellow students. You can expect to spend an average 10 hours per week on class work.

Major Assignments

Quizzes (40% of total course grade)

The course notes, videos, assignments, and activities are the basis of the six online quizzes.

Discussion Questions/Minute Essays (10% of total course grade)

"Participation" means that students must engage in the course by (1) asking questions of the instructor and other students, (2) reading course notes and watching assigned videos before participating in class discussion forums, and (3) participating actively in the regular topical discussions and minute essays. 

Homework Assignments (25% of total course grade)

The three homework assignments will include exercises related to motor vehicle safety (HW 1), home hazards and fire safety (HW 2), and carbon monoxide poisoning (HW 3).

Learning Portfolio Project (25% of total course grade)

The learning portfolio is a personal collection of information describing and documenting your achievements and learning in this class.

Course Schedule

Course Schedule
  • Introduction
  • Risk Perception
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Minute Essay - Paracelsus
  • Risk Perception / Mapping Activity
  • Minute Essay - Texting PSAs
  • Quiz 1
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Caffeine
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
  • HW 1 - Tire Tread Inspection
  • Minute Essay - Deadly Persuasion
  • Discussion Question - MSDs
  • Quiz 2
  • Foodborne Illness
  • X-Rays
  • Medical Errors
  • Home Hazards
  • Fire Hazards
  • Minute Essay - Food Safety
  • Minute Essay - Medical Errors
  • HW 2 - Home Hazard Inspection
  • Quiz 3
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Radon
  • Air Pollution
  • Minute Essay - Lead Case Study
  • Minute Essay - Radon
  • Discussion Question - Air Pollutants
  • Quiz 4
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Water Pollution
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Minute Essay - Liquid Assets Video
  • HW 3 - Carbon Monoxide Modeling
  • Quiz 5
  • Asbestos
  • Ozone Depletion
  • Pesticides
  • Nuclear Power
  • Minute Essay - Asbestos
  • Quiz 6
  • Complete learning portfolios
Learning Portfolio Project