The industrial hygiene profession deals with the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational health hazards in the workplace. The industrial hygienist evaluates worker exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards, and other factors that contribute to unsuitable working conditions. Industrial hygienists implement measures to control these hazards to provide a safe and healthful working environment.
Recommended high school courses for students who wish to pursue this degree program include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, biology and physics.
USU’s Industrial Hygiene Program
Through the Biology Department, USU offers a bachelor’s degree in public health with an industrial hygiene emphasis for those who wish to pursue a career in industrial hygiene. Industrial hygiene students are eligible for a minor in chemistry upon graduation, and they can easily pursue a minor in management and human resources, as well. Graduates find jobs in private industry, government and consulting firms, and an alumni network provides internship and job opportunities. USU offers Utah’s only bachelor’s degree-level industrial hygiene program accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. Graduates are encouraged to pursue professional certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist or Certified Safety Professional.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree include:


Fall Semester
BIOL 1610                     Biology I (4 credits)
CHEM 1210                   Principles of Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 1215                   Chemical Principles Laboratory I (1)
University studies or MATH prerequisite courses* (6)
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620 (BLS)            Biology II (4)
CHEM 1220 (BPS)         Principles of Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 1225                   Chemical Principles Laboratory (1)
University studies or MATH prerequisite courses* (6)
*Students must complete math prerequisites to MATH 1210, Calculus I.
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420                     Human Physiology (4)
CHEM 2300                   Principles of Organic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 2315                   Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
MATH 1210 (QL)            Calculus I (4)
PUBH 3310                   Occupational Health and Safety (3)
Spring Semester
CHEM 3700                   Introductory Biochemistry (3)
CHEM 3710                   Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (1)
STAT 3000 (QI)              Statistics for Scientists (3)
University studies or elective courses (0-3)
Fall Semester
PUBH 4300                   Industrial Hygiene Seminar (1)
PUBH 4310                   Industrial Hygiene Recognition of Hazards (4)
PHYS 2110                   Physics of Living Systems I (4) or
PHYS 2210 (QI)            General Physics – Science and Engineering I (4)
University studies or elective courses (4-7)
Spring Semester
BIOL 3300                     General Microbiology (4)
PHYS 2120 (BPS)         Physics of Living Systems II (4) or
PHYS 2220 (BPS/QI)     General Physics – Science and Engineering II (4)
PUBH 4320                   Industrial Hygiene Chemical Hazard Evaluation (3)
PUBH 4330                   Industrial Hygiene Physical Hazards (3)
Public Health elective course, University studies course or other elective course(s) (0-3)
Summer Semester
PUBH 4380                   Industrial Hygiene Internship (3)
Fall Semester

CEE 3870                     Professional/Technical Writing in Civil and

                                    Environmental Engineering (2)

CHEM 3000 (QI)            Quantitative Analysis (3)
CHEM 3005                   Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
PUBH 3610                   Environmental Management (3)
PUBH 5330 (QI)             Industrial Hygiene Chemical Hazard Control (3)
Spring Semester
ADVS 5400                   Environmental Toxicology (3)
PUBH 4040                   Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3)
PUBH 5500 (CI)             Public Health Management (2)
Public Health elective courses, University studies courses or other elective courses (7-10)
For More Information
For more information, contact undergraduate advisor David Wallace in the Department of Biology at 435-797-7155. Further information is also available on the department’s Web site.