Environmental Public Health, Comprehensive Major

(Code 640-001)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs, which include Comprehensive Majors, may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.E.P.H.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work).

Major Requirements

(Code 640-001)

Advisors: J. Boulter, K. Mumford, C. Pierce, D. Soll, L. Suppes.

Practitioners in the field of environmental public health control environmental health hazards and preserve and improve environmental factors for the achievement of optimum health, safety, comfort, and well-being. Students gain the educational background necessary to appreciate cultural values and protect air, water, soil and food resources. Graduates are employed in regulatory agencies and industries concerned with environmental quality and the public’s health. This comprehensive major includes both foundation classes in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and specialized courses in environmental and public health, such as food and water sanitation, air pollution, industrial hygiene, and environmental toxicology.


The Environmental Public Health (ENPH) major provides undergraduate students with a comprehensive understanding of science and its application to protect human environmental health. The degree prepares students for careers as Environmental Health Professionals and safety specialists, integrating a scientific background, technical skills, and professional ethics.


The ENPH major strives to prepare graduates with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to:

  1. Understand the natural world through applied chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics;
  2. Identify short- and long-term hazards to human and environmental health through critical thinking;
  3. Serve the public by addressing human health risks through research, communication and intervention;
  4. Identify and address cross-cultural, economic, and technological barriers to serving public health interests; and
  5. Demonstrate professional ethics, values, and responsibility in all areas of practice.


Ten scholarships are available to students in the ENPH major. Additional information may be obtained from the faculty or by visiting the Financial Aid Website. Students are invited to participate in the Student National Environmental Health Association, the goal of which is to improve the health and well-being of people by focusing on environmental public health issues and to provide students an introduction to professional organizations.


A practicum or internship experience is an integral part of the Environmental Public Health major, and an important component of preparation for career or graduate school. This off-campus internship or practicum is a full-time work experience with a health-related agency or industry, typically paid and taken during the summer between the junior and senior year.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health (B.S.E.P.H.)

The B.S.E.P.H. degree is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Graduates are prepared to take the National Environmental Health Association exam for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian credential.

ENPH Major Requirements
Minimum sixty-two semester credits, including:
Core Science Courses (included in the ENPH Major Designation)
BIOL 151Biology of Humans4
BIOL 221Foundations of Biology I4
CHEM 213Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 325Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory4
And select one of the following two courses:
BIOL 250Microbiology3
BIOL 361Biology of Microorganisms5
Elective: One course selected from:3
ENPH 115Global Environmental and Public Health3
ENPH 225Introduction to Public Health3
ENPH 291Special Topics1-3
GEOG 135Introduction to Geospatial Analysis3
GEOG 178Conservation of the Environment3
BIOL 180Environmental Biology and Conservation3
Core ENPH Courses (field trips required in some courses)
ENPH 110Introduction to Environmental Health3
ENPH 422Radiation, Air Pollution and Health3
ENPH 432Preparation for Practicum2
ENPH 435Practicum in Environmental Public Health3
ENPH 441Water and Wastewater3
ENPH 443Microbial Safety of Food4
ENPH 445Hazardous and Solid Waste Management3
ENPH 450Epidemiology3
ENPH 460Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene3
ENPH 464Occupational Safety Management3
ENPH 476Vector-Borne Disease Control3
GEOG/ENV 377U.S. Environmental and Sustainability Policy3
ENPH 490Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment3
Other requirements outside the major
Earth Algebra
Algebra for Calculus
Competency to enter MATH 111 A Short Course in Calculus
MATH 246Elementary Statistics 4
CHEM 103
CHEM 104
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
or CHEM 105
CHEM 106
CHEM 109
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II with Lab
PHYS 211General Physics 5
PHYS 212General Physics 4
Electives: One course selected from:
Environmental Economics
International Environmental Problems and Policy
Small Group Communication
Ethics of Health Care
Environmental Ethics
Public Policy in the United States

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Policy

The only credits that may be earned under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option are for Independent Study. S/U credits may not total more than three.


An internship or practical experience is a requirement for the B.S.E.P.H. degree. Typically between the junior and senior year, each student is required to enroll in three credits of summer practicum (ENPH 435) and pay fees to the University. Students anticipating enrollment in the practicum should notify the Environmental Public Health faculty no later than February 1, and enroll in ENPH 432 the spring semester prior to their summer practicum.