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Recommended Courses for a Registered Environmental Health Specialist


One eligibility requirement for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) examination in New Jersey is that a candidate must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. This degree shall include a minimum of 32 semester credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics and/or environmental sciences and mathematics. Only up to six (6) of the 32 credits may be in college-level mathematics. At least one of the courses must be a laboratory course in biology, chemistry, physics, or the environmental sciences. Courses with grades less than 2.0 ("C") are not acceptable in fulfillment of the requirement. Please note that behavioral science subjects, such as psychology and social neuroscience, and social science subjects, such as sociology, economics, history, anthropology, and political science, are not acceptable.

The following list of courses is intended to serve as guidance in fulfillment of the requirements set forth at N.J.A.C. 8:7-1.10(b)1. It is therefore important to note that this list is not comprehensive. It is subject to periodic review and update to include additional courses. Courses that do not appear on the list may still be acceptable pending determination by the Board.

Air Pollution
Anatomy
Animal Science
Bacteriology
Biochemistry
Biology
Biostatistics *
Botany
Calculus *
Cell Physiology
Chemistry
Dairy Science
Earth Science
Ecology
Embryology
Endocrinology
Entomology
Environmental Science
Epidemiology
Food Bacteriology
Food Science
Genetics
Hazardous Waste
Health Science
Histology
Hydrogeology
Hydrology
Industrial Hygiene
Meteorology
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Parasitology
Pathology
Physics
Physiology
Radiological Health
Soil Science
Statistics *
Toxicology
Virology

Please note: Only up to six (6) credits in the courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be used in fulfillment of the requirement for a minimum of 32 credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics and/or environmental sciences and mathematics.

Review the REHS Licensure Examination Guide from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Office of Local Public Health (OLPH) for more information.

 

Although not required to sit for the REHS licensing exam, taking a general chemistry course and a general biology course prior to enrollment in EPH is encouraged to help prepare students for the rigors of the program.

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