Environmental Public Health

School of Public Health

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health is a great fit for students who love science, and who are passionate about using their scientific skills to address human health issues related to the built and natural environments. From water quality to workplace safety, environmental health majors are engaged in problem solving to keep communities safe and healthy. In the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health, students learn to identify, prevent, and control environmental factors that can threaten human health. The coursework introduces students to basic principles of environmental health regulation, environmental sampling, microbiology, epidemiology, toxicology and risk assessment.


Major category: Minimum requirements

Minor available

Topic: Health, Natural sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline:
  • You must enroll at the UW before applying to this major. Please contact the department for additional details.

This is a minimum requirements major. Students are admitted all quarters. Applications can be downloaded from the Environmental Health undergraduate program website. Applicants who meet the stated requirements are admitted in time to register for the following quarter as majors.

Transfer students may use any transferable equivalent course(s) for prerequisite coursework. Consult UW Equivalency Guide to verify transferability of coursework and meet with a departmental advisor prior to application.

Email ehug@uw.edu or call 206-543-4207 with questions. Visit the Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences website for application and additional information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • BIO 180 NSc – Intro Biology
  • BIO 200 NSc– Intro Biology
  • BIO 220 NSc – Intro Biology
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 152 NSc – General Chemistry
  • 5 credits of English composition

One of the following Organic Chemistry sequences:

  • CHEM 162 NSc – General Chemistry, CHEM 237 NSc – Organic Chemistry, CHEM 238 NSc – Organic Chemistry, CHEM 241 NSc – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 223 NSc – Organic Chemistry Short Program, CHEM 224 Nsc – Organic Chemistry Short Program CHEM 241 NSc – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 220 NSc – Principles of Organic Chemistry II

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 49
Total from Washington community colleges: 2

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 1
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes