2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Leadership and Supervision, BS, Concentration: Environmental Health and Safety

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About the Program

Apply Now The Organizational Leadership and Supervision Bachelor of Science Degree offers an area of concentration in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). EHS is a profession that involves the prevention of incidents/accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions, and other events which harm people, property, and the environment.

EHS professionals are an important component of most industries, including: communication, consulting, construction, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, petroleum, and utilities.

Many of our graduates pursue careers as safety coordinators, safety supervisors, safety instructors/trainers, loss control specialists, and EHS specialists once they have finished their degrees.

The Environmental Health and Safety Concentration is designated as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. The EHS concentration, under the Organizational Leadership and Supervision program, is not an ABET accredited program.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C- required for all Major Core courses; Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

Other Required Courses (18 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C- required for all Major Core courses; Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Open Elective - any course listed within the official Purdue University Northwest course catalog or approved by the Purdue Northwest Faculty Senate that is not a required course in this plan of study. This also include transfer credits and/or program relevant courses (certification/trainings) approved by full-time OLS-EHS faculty.

Note 2: Communication Selective - any course in Communication (COM) pre-approved by full-time OLS-EHS faculty. See the program advisor for a list of pre-approved communication selective courses.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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