Occupational Health Sciences

College of Health and Human Sciences

Preparation for a career in occupational health sciences requires a well-coordinated, multidisciplinary education, with a curriculum based on a strong foundation in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering, and the health sciences. This program stresses background in the basic sciences, specific courses in occupational health, and a "hands on" industrial hygiene experience gained through laboratory exercises in environmental monitoring, field trips, and internships.

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Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Additional Requirements: Two semesters of college-level chemistry (equivalent to CHM 11500 and 11600) with grades of C or higher in each OR completion of one semester of chemistry (equivalent to CHM 11500 or CHM 11600) and one semester of biology (equivalent to BIOL 11000 or BIOL 11100) with a C or higher in each.


Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-8102


Graduates work for governmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They are capable of anticipating and assessing workplace hazards, designing control strategies based on scientific and engineering principles, implementing safety and health programs, communicating with the public, and interacting with governmental regulatory bodies. In addition, students acquire critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that allow them to secure a variety of positions that deal with the harmful affects of physical, chemical, and biological factors in residential, occupational, and outdoor environments.

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