Curriculum for Students Enrolled Prior to 2015

This degree prepares students to begin a career as an environmental public health practitioner; to apply to advanced degree programs in environmental and occupational health and safety, and related fields; or to prepare for further training the clinical health professions. With careful planning, this curriculum meets the basic science requirements for many of the clinical health professional programs at Indiana University, including medicine; these requistite courses vary by program and are subject to revision, so always check with the admissions officer of the professional program you are interested in pursuing.

The following degree requirements are required of all students majoring in environmental health science and admitted to Indiana University beginning with the summer semester 2015. Students who are returning to the Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) after a leave or absence but have not enrolled in classes for three or more consecutive years will be required to follow these degree requirements.

Some courses in the major are not offered each semester. Students should contact the Office of Student Services (274-2000) in the FSPH for advising information, the course rotation, and to ensure that they will meet graduation requirements.

The BSPH in Environmental Health Science is accredited by the Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Students enrolled in this major are eligible for special scholarship and internship opportunities. For more information, contact your academic advisor in the Department of Environmental Health Science.

  • General Education Requirements

    Take 21 courses for 68 credit hours

    Core Communication (3 courses) – Minimum 9 credit hours

    • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing and Inquiry (3 credits)
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 credits)
    • ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing (3 credits)
    • COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 credits)

    Cultural Understanding (1 course), Social Sciences (2 courses), Arts & Humanities (1 course) – Minimum 12 credit hours

    • One approved course from the cultural understanding approved list. A foreign language is recommended. (3 credits)
    • Two approved courses from the approved social sciences list.
      PSY-B 110 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
      SOC-R 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
    • One approved course from the approved arts and humanities list. (3 credits)

    Life and Physical Sciences (Minimum 11 courses) – Minimum 38 credit hours

    Biology
    • BIOL-K 101 Concepts of Biology I and (5 credits)
    • BIOL-K 103 Concepts of Biology II (5 credits)
    • BIOL-N 217 Human Physiology and (5 credits)
    • BIOL-N 261 Human Anatomy (5 credits)
    • BIOL-N 251 Introduction to Microbiology (3 credits)

    Physics
    • PHYS-P 201 General Physics I (P: Math 15900 or equivalent) (5 credits)
    • PHYS-P 202 General Physics II (P: PHYS-P201) (5 credits)

    Chemistry
    • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 credits)
    • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 credits)
    • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)

    Analytical Reasoning (3 courses) - Minimum 9 credit hours

    Technology
    • CSCI-N 201 Programming Concepts (3 credits)
    • CSCI-N 207 Data Analysis Using Spreadsheets (3 credits)
    • CSCI-N 211 Introduction to Databases (3 credits)
    • CSCI-N 301 Fundamentals of Computer Science Concepts (3 credits)

    Mathematics (MATH 00100, 11000, 11100 and equivalent courses do not count toward graduation)
    • MATH 23100 Calculus for the Life Sciences 1 (3 credits)
    • MATH 22100 Calculus for Technology 1 or 3 (3 credits)
    • MATH 16500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (3 credits)

    Statistics
    • PBHL-B 300 Introduction to Biostatistics (P: M118 or higher course) (3 credits)
  • Environmental Health Sciences Requirements

    Take 13 courses for 40 credit hours

    Foundation and Methods (7 courses) – 22 credit hours

    • PBHL-A 316 Environmental Health Science (3 credits)
    • PBHL-E 322 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 410 Introduction to Environmental Toxicology (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 416 Environmental Health Policy (3 credits)
    • PBHL-S 425 Social Determinants of Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 459 Environmental Science and Health Data Analysis (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 460 Techniques in Environmental Science and Health (4 credits)

    Applications (5 courses) – 15 credit hours

    • PBHL-A 451 Air Pollution and Control (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 424 Environmental Health Science Technology: Managing Water and Wastes (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 428 Food Science and Sanitation (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 433 Industrial Hygiene (3 credits)
    • PBHL-A 400 Public Health Applications of Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)

    Experience (1 course) – 3 credit hours
    • PBHL-A 380 Environmental Health Science Internship (3 credits)
  • Recommended Electives
    • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry Lecture II (3 credits)
    • CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2 credits)
    • BIOL-K 483 Biological Chemistry (3 credits)
    • BIOL-K 322 Genetics and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
    • BIOL-K 324 Cell Biology (3 credits)
    • BIOL-K 338 Introductory Immunology (3 credits)
    • BUS-X 204 Business Communications (3 credits)
    • COMM-C 223 Business and Professional Communication (3 credits)
    • COMM-C 380 Organizational Communication (3 credits)
    • EMER-E 201 Emergency Medical Tech – Basic (6 credits)
    • ENG-W 290 Writing in the Arts and Sciences (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 121 Social Problems (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 234 Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 315 Political Sociology (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 317 Sociology of Work (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 381 Social Factors in Health and Illness (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 425 Gender and Work 3 SOC-R 467 Social Change (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 478 Formal Organizations (3 credits)
    • SOC-R 480 Sociology and Social Policy (3 credits)
    • SHRS-W 361 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits)
    • TCM 220 Technical Report Writing (3 credits)
    • TCM 320 Written Communication in Science and Industry (3 credits)
    • Other public health courses
    • Other biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics courses
    • Other writing, communications, or foreign language courses
    • Other social science courses

Degree Electives

A minimum 107 credit hours (68 credit hours General Education + 39 credit hours Environmental Health Science) of required courses are listed for this curriculum. In addition, students must take a sufficient number of elective courses to total a minimum of 120 credit hours. We have provided some recommended electives above; please discuss elective courses with your academic advisor.

Courses that are not college-level will not count for elective credit toward degree completion. Contact the Office of Student Services (317-274-2000) for specific determinations.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Students who matriculate in this program prior to January of 2014 must obtain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA), a 2.0 semester GPA, and a minimum GPA of 2.3 in the major courses to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program.

Students who matriculate in this program in January of 2014 and beyond must have at least a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA) to be admitted. In addition, students who matriculate in January of 2014 and beyond must maintain at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPAs to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program.

Program Deviations

Course substitutions and course waivers must be approved your the faculty advisor.