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Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Occupational Health Science

The mission of the Environmental and Occupational Health Science (EOHS) Program at Western Kentucky University is to educate students in preparation for an exciting career in the environmental health and occupational safety and health fields. The EOHS Program is committed to providing south central Kentucky, the state, and the nation with entry-level environmental and occupational safety and health professionals. The program prepares students to understand how exposures to environmental and occupational health hazards occur and how these exposures can be reduced and controlled to better protect public health.

The EOHS program is accredited through the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Additionally, the EOHS program is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) which means students graduating from the EOHS program at WKU can apply with BCSP after graduation to earn their Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation.

The EOHS Program is also supported by a Training Program Grant (TPG) through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This allows undergraduate students in the EOHS program to apply for a scholarship of up to $2500 per semester. Any inquiries about the scholarship should be made to the current undergraduate program director.

EOHS Classroom

Who Should Apply? 

The major in environmental and occupational health science (reference number 548) requires a minimum of 70 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. No minor or second major is required. Including general education and major requirements,a total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.

Do you want a career focused on keeping people and the environment safe? Then you should explore your options with a degree in Environmental & Occupational Health Science. Whether it's addressing workplace hazards, environmental protection, compliance management, or enhancing overall environmental quality, a degree in EOHS prepares you for it all. If you're committed to promoting human health and environmental well-being, then this major could be the perfect fit for you.

Students that have completed the B.S. in EOHS are now working in a diverse array of jobs protecting human health and the environonment within industrial jobs, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations.


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Scholarships & Financial Aid


  • Ms. Jacqueline Basham

    Undergrad EOHS Program Director & Instructor

  • Phone: (270) 745-3981

  • jacqueline.basham@wku.edu
  • Academic Complex 236B



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 Last Modified 11/16/23