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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Health Science, BS

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.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Occupational Health Science  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 credits

Occupational Health Science Core (University Foundational Learning Outcomes) (26-27 credits)

Fulfills 1 Science Core Course

Fulfills 1 Science Core Course


  • select course from University list - Credit Hours: 3.00

Quantitative Reasoning

Required Courses for Occupational Health Science (83 credits)

HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selectives - select from list (3 credits)

  • select course from HSCI Humanities, Behavior/Social Sciences list - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (7-8 credits)

An Ethics course (such as PHIL 11100 - Ethics  or PHIL 29000 - Environmental Ethics ) is highly recommended.


*A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in HSCI 34500 , HSCI 34600 , HSCI 34800 , HSCI 44600  and HSCI 58000 .

**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.

All students must complete 32 credits of 300 level or higher courses at Purdue for graduation

120 credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List


HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selectives List - select any course(s) from the following subjects

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

Program Requirements

120 credit hours required

Effective: Fall 2014 Beginners

16-17 Credits

14 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

Fourth Semester

15 Credits

15 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

Senior Year Seventh Semester

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

Eighth Semester

  • English Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Crdeit Hours: 3.00
  • HSCI Hum. Sel. - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 2.00

13-14 Credits

University Foundations Learning Outcome List



*(BSS) Behavioral/Social Science - 1 course
*(H) Humanities - 1 course
*(OC) Oral Communication - 1 course
*(QR) Quantitative Reasoning - 1 course
*(S) Science - 2 courses
*(IL) Information Literacy - 1 course
*(STS) Science, Technology, & Society) - 1 course
*(WC) Written Communication - 1 course

**Must earn a grade of at least a C in HSCI 34500 , HSCI 34600 , HSCI 34800 , HSCI 44600 , and HSCI 58000 .

Purdue students must complete 32 credit hours of 300 level or above courses for graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Student is responsible for completing and fulfilling all graduation requirements.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.