Program: B.S., Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is concerned with the biological, chemical and physical factors affecting human health and the environment. The major provides a solid science-based education with practical applications for a safer and healthier environment. As a result, graduates work in a variety of high-demand jobs, such as air quality, water quality, food safety, housing, industrial hygiene, safety, hazardous waste management, environmental consulting and radiation safety. Graduates also work in a wide range of settings, including private industry (aerospace, manufacturing, food production, biotechnology and many others), local government (city and county health departments), state government (Cal OSHA and Cal EPA), federal government (Public Health Service, EPA, OSHA, Department of Health and Human Services), unions, public interest groups, universities and lobbying organizations.
Courses are explicitly designed to give students the skills needed to succeed on the job. Local employers, many of whom have graduated from this department, routinely seek CSUN graduates as new hires. As one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, the department has an extensive network of environmental and occupational health professionals dedicated to the protection of the environment and community as well as worker health and safety.
The B.S. degree lays the scientific and practical foundation for a career in EOH. Students are eligible for entry-level jobs in a wide range of locations at competitive salaries. The M.S. degree is designed to prepare the graduate for higher-level professional activities, including research, analysis and management of EOH systems.
Note: A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses within the major.
1. Required Courses (40-48 units)
a. Choose one of these course groups:
BIOL 101 General Biology (3)
BIOL 101L General Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 281 Human Physiology (3)
BIOL 282 Lab Experiments in Human Physiology (1)
BIOL 106 Biological Principles I (3)
BIOL 106L Biological Principles I Lab (1)
BIOL 107 Biological Principles II (3)
BIOL 107L Biological Principles II Lab (1)
b. Choose one of these course groups:
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 101D Problem Solving in General Chemistry I (1)
CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 102D Problem Solving in General Chemistry II (1)
CHEM 102L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 103L Introductory Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHEM 104 Introductory Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 104L Introductory Chemistry II Lab (1)
c. Choose one of these course groups:
CHEM 235/L Introductory Organic Chemistry and Lab (3/1)
CHEM 333/L Principles of Organic Chemistry I and Lab (3/1)
CHEM 333D Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry I (1)
CHEM 334/L Principles of Organic Chemistry II and Lab (3/1)
d. Take the following:
EOH 455/L Microbiological Hazards in Environmental Health and Lab (3/1)
e. Take one of the following:
HSCI 132 History of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (3)
HSCI 345 Public Health Issues (3)
f. Choose one of these course groups:
MATH 102 College Algebra (3)
MATH 104 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (3)
g. Take the following:
PHYS 100A General Physics I (3)
PHYS 100AL General Physics I Lab (1)
PHYS 100B General Physics II (3)
PHYS 100BL General Physics II Lab (1)
2. Upper Division Required Courses (24 units)
EOH 352 Environmental Health Policy, Law and Administration (3)
EOH 356A Environmental Health I (3)
EOH 356B Environmental Health II (3)
EOH 456 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3)
EOH 466A The Occupational Health Environment (3)
EOH 494B Academic Internship (2)
HSCI 488 Epidemiology (3)
Choose one of the following:
HSCI 390/L Biostatistics and Lab (3/1)
MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)
3. Electives (15-16 units)
Select from the following, with advisor approval:
EOH 365 Principles of Accident Prevention (3)
EOH 453 Health and Physical Aspects of Housing (3)
EOH 454 Environmental Health Law (3)
EOH 457 Water Supply and Sewage Disposal (3)
EOH 458 Vector Control (3)
EOH 459 Hazardous Waste Management (3)
EOH 465 Occupational Safety (3)
EOH 466B/L Evaluating the Occupational Environment and Lab (3/1)
EOH 466C Controlling the Occupational Environment (3)
EOH 467 Radiological Health (3)
EOH 468 Air Pollution and Health (3)
EOH 469 Environmental Risk Analysis (3)
EOH 556 Advanced Toxicology (3)
EOH 560 EOH Epidemiology (3)
EOH 569 Advanced Risk Analysis (3)
EOH 570 Occupational Ergonomics (3)
4. General Education (48 units)
Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.
18 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: PHYS 100A satisfies B1 Physical Science; BIOL 101 or BIOL 106 satisfies B2 Life Science; PHYS 100AL satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 102 or MATH 105 satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; EOH 456 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; and EOH 352 and HSCI 132 or HSCI 345 satisfy D1 Social Sciences.
Total Units in the Major: 79-88
General Education Units: 30
Additional Units: 2-11
Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Chair: Nola Kennedy
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 1537
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the undergraduate program in Environmental and Occupational Health will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the recognition, evaluation and control of biological, chemical and physical factors that can impact human health and safety, and the environment.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to work in interdisciplinary teams to promote public and private action to protect public health and the environment.
- Communicate environmental and occupational health concepts and programs to a variety of audiences, using both written and verbal forms of communication.
- Apply mathematical and critical reasoning to understand and incorporate new concepts in the field.
- Demonstrate knowledge of organizational management and leadership skills.
- Demonstrate knowledge of current regulatory and policy issues.
Degree Road Maps
Environmental and Occupational Health - 2022