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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 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 and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 HLTH-Occupational Health Science  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 credits

Major Requirements (89 credits)

Required Courses for Other Departments (23-24 credits)

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 30000 level or higher courses at Purdue for graduation

120 credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

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

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

University Foundations Learning Outcome List


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement.

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

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

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Degree Requirements

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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

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.

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