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Environmental and Occupational Health Science, Bachelor of Science (548P, 548)

Western Kentucky University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Bowling Green

About this program

Environmental and Occupational Health Science, Bachelor of Science (548P, 548)

The undergraduate degree program in environmental and occupational health science prepares the graduating student for entry level careers of environmental compliance and protection, occupational safety and health, environmental health and safety, and environmental science. Numerous jobs are available with government agencies, environmental consulting firms, industries, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Courses in the program are focused on basic sciences, environmental science, occupational safety and health, and environmental health. Requirements of the program develop the application of basic scientific principles to the solution of environmental and occupational problems that prepare students for diverse career opportunities.

Admission requirements

International Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
  • Minimum academic requirements: Freshmen: 2.5 GPA / Transfer:* 2.0 GPA
    • *Students with 24 or more earned hours of college credit
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • TOEFL, IBT – 71
    • IELTS – 6.0
    • SAT Critical Reading – 450
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing – 460
    • ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52
    • DuoLingo - 100 DET for one-semester Pathway program; 90 DET for two-semester Pathway program
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received. Should also include a literal English translation.
  • Financial Evidence of Supportmust be provided to obtain an I-20
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out theTransfer-In Form

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year


  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Introduction to College Chemistry
  • The Earth


  • Introduction to College Writing
  • World History I
  • World History II
  • Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
  • Fundamentals of General Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory

Second Year


  • Introduction to Literature
  • Colonnade - Connections (Systems)
  • Colonnade - Arts & Humanities
  • Trigonometry
  • Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics


  • Colonnade - Connections (Local to Global)
  • World Language (if needed)
  • General Microbiology
  • Colonnade - Connections (Social & Cultural)
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

Third Year


  • Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Safety and Health Standards, Codes, and Regulations
  • Biostatistics in the Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health


  • Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
  • Principles of Environmental Toxicology
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Epidemiology

Fourth Year


  • Water Treatment Processes
  • Water Treatment Processes Laboratory
  • Safety Program Management
  • Safety Program Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Management


  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Air Pollution Control Laboratory
  • Internship in Environmental, Health, and Safety
  • Senior Environmental Health Seminar

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Semester

  • Resident: $5,496
  • Military Veteran/Dependent Resident: $5,496
  • Non-Resident (Domestic): $13,500
  • Non-Resident (International):$13,824

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Western Kentucky University

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Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd.
42101 Bowling Green Kentucky
United States of America (USA)

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