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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Health Science, BS

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About the Program

Occupational Health Science is a science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards in the workplace. The industrial hygienist performs qualitative and quantitative workplace exposure assessments of adverse chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents. The goal of occupational health science is to control such exposures to prevent fatalities, injuries, and/or illnesses that impact the health, performance and well-being of workers. At Purdue the occupational health science program emphasis is on exposure assessment and use of engineering controls to eliminate such hazards.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (89 credits)

Major Requirements (89 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (23-24 credits)

Electives (7-8 credits)

HSCI Humanities, Behavior/Social Sciences Selectives List

Select any course(s) from the following subjects:

Anthropology (ANTH) English (ENGL) Political Science (POL)
Art & Design (AD) Foreign Languages & Literature (FLL) Psychology (PSY)
Classics (CLCS) History (HIST) Sociology (SOC)
Communication (COM) Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS) Theatre (THTR)
Dance (DANC) Music (MUS)  
Economics (ECON) Philosophy (PHIL)  

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

16 - 17 Credits

14 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

16 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • English Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Crdeit Hours: 3.00
  • HSCI Humanities Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 2.00

13 - 14 Credits


*Must earn a grade of at least a C

**An internship is strongly recommended but is not required; HSCI 44500  can be taken as an elective if the student has had a previous acceptable industrial hygiene work experience.

Students must complete 32 credit hours of 30000 level or higher courses for graduation at Purdue

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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