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Public Health, BS

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College of Science

Department of Biology

A four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health is offered by the Department of Biology with options in environmental health, industrial hygiene, or public health education. The industrial hygiene program is accredited by the Applied Science Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; 111 Market Place, Suite 1050; Baltimore MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700. Individuals completing the environmental health option are qualified to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian Examination (REHS/RS). Those completing the industrial hygiene option are granted benefits toward both the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) examinations. Public Health Education graduates are qualified to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. The Public Health degree requires a core of biology courses similar to that required for the biology degrees; additional biology and public health courses; and chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, and allied science and engineering courses appropriate to each emphasis.

Admission Requirements For This Major 

1. New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.

2. Transfer students from other institutions need a 2.25 transfer GPA and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.25 cumulative GPA for admission to this major in good standing.

For further information contact the Biology Advising Center in  Biology-Natural Resources 101. The advisor for Public Health majors is David Wallace, Biology-Natural Resources 333, (435) 797-7155 or by e-mail to: dwallace@biology.usu.edu

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

  • The required chemistry courses, in conjunction with the required physics courses, will fulfill the Exploration requirement
  • The required Biology coursework will fulfill the BLS requirement
  • The required Physics coursework will fulfill the BPS requirement

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •  , along with another course having CI designation (such as  ENGL 3080  or  ), will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  •    will fulfill the Quantitative  Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Social Sciences (DSS)

Minimum grades and GPA for graduation: Students must complete the BIOL 1610  and BIOL 1620  courses with grades of C- or better and attain a minimum GPA of 2.25 in all Biology and Public Health coursework required by the major.


Industrial Hygiene Emphasis

Mathematics and Statistics Requirement (7 credits)

Environmental Health Emphasis

Mathematics and Statistics Requirement (7 credits)

Public Health Education Emphasis


1 Industrial Hygiene and Environmental students considering graduate or professional school and those who want a stronger chemistry background should replace CHEM 2300  and CHEM 2315  with the two-semester Organic Chemistry series (CHEM 2310 , CHEM 2315 , CHEM 2320 , and CHEM 2325 , 10 total credits).

2 Industrial Hygiene students taking PUBH 5730  may not be eligible for a minor in Chemistry.

3 PUBH 5730  may satisfy either the additional chemistry requirement or the elective option (but not both).

4 Public Health Education students considering professional school and those who want a stronger background in chemistry and physics are encouraged to take CHEM 1210 , CHEM 1215 , CHEM 1220 , CHEM 1225 , CHEM 2310 , CHEM 2315 , CHEM 2320 , CHEM 2325 ,CHEM 3700  and CHEM 3710  as a substitute for CHEM 1110  and CHEM 1120 , and PHYS 2110  and PHYS 2120  (or PHYS 2210  and PHYS 2220 ) as a substitute for PHYS 1200  or PHYS 1800 .

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (10 of last 40 must be USU credits)


Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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