Nov 27, 2021
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.
School of Health Sciences
Occupational Health Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Major Course Requirements (94 credits)
A minimum grade of “C” is required for HSCI 34500, 34600, 34800, 44600, and 58000.
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (18-19 credits)
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 4th Year
- English Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- HSCI Humanities Behavioral/Social Sciences Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
- A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass. Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes. In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option. A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
- *Must earn a grade of at least a C in HSCI 34500, 34600, 34800, 44600, and 58000 and they cannot be taken as pass/no pass.
- **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.
- An Ethics course (such as PHIL 11100 Ethics or PHIL 27000 Environmental Ethics) is highly recommended for elective credit.
- Students must complete 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher for graduation at Purdue.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
ASL-American Sign Language
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