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

Environmental Health Sciences, BSEH

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About the Program

The quality and quantity of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the environments where we live have a profound impact on our health and well-being. Environmental health professionals are involved with improving our understanding of how environmental agents may affect health in order to promote health and prevent disease. Areas of environmental health science include assessing exposure to environmental agents, understanding the relationships between exposure and disease, and translating this knowledge into science-based policy.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Environmental Health Sciences  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

Environmental Health Sciences 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

Environmental Policy Selective - select from list (3 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 (15-16 credits)

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

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 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

Spring 3rd Year

Sixth Semester

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

Senior Year Seventh Semester

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

Eighth Semester

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 1.00

12-13 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 .

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.

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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