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Environmental Health, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Key facts:

  • The Western Carolina University Environmental Health program prepares students as scientists in the field and includes foundation math and science courses such as physics, organic and aquatic chemistry, infectious disease and microbiology. 
  • As we become ever more aware of the impact surroundings play in personal health, there is a growing need for Environmental Health specialists prepared to prevent and respond to public health threats as they arise. Risks range from isolated contaminated food outbreaks to widespread insect-borne disease, to the environmental health challenges born out of devastating events such as a building collapse or chemical spill.
  • The core curriculum is largely lab based and includes courses such as Water Quality Control, Environmental Toxicology, Quantitative Air Analysis and Environmental Regulation and Law. All students complete a required internship, and thanks to this field experience, graduates are credited with one full year of service toward North Carolina state and local health department employment.
  • The public sector has long been a large employer for Environmental Health specialists, but the most rapid growth is now happening in the private sector. Because of growth in the field, more than 90 percent of our graduates have jobs upon graduation. Jobs can be focused on field study and research, preparedness, building environment management, emergency response and more. WCU students take part in a broad range of training and can therefore pursue a wide variety of career specialties in fields such as air pollution, surface water contamination, emergency management and response, epidemiology, and food safety, among others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Environmental Health curriculum include:

  • Microbiology in Health and Nutrition
  • General Chemistry 
  • Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Health Science 
  • Biological Basis of Disease
  • Water Quality Control
  • Water Quality Control Laboratory
  • Food Protection and Sanitation
  • Food Protection and Sanitation Laboratory
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Medical Entomology
  • Medical Entomology Laboratory
  • Air Quality Control
  • Quantitative Air Analysis
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Environmental Regulation and Law
  • Senior Seminar in Environmental Health

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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