Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (BSPH)

Provides students with a fundamental grounding in the basic and applied sciences for advanced scientific education, professional schools, or careers in practice in the field of public health with emphasis in environmental health sciences. BSPH graduates will be able to demonstrate a basic level of understanding in the fundamental sciences; describe the relationship between public health and environmental sciences and engineering; identify major issues in environmental sciences and engineering; describe significant regulatory components that have shaped environmental policy; and demonstrate written and oral communication skills related to environmental sciences and engineering issues within a public health context.

Program Details

Minimum Credit Hours

Application Cycle

Application Deadlines
January 10, 2023 for current UNC students
October 15, 2022 for High School students applying through UNC Chapel Hill Early Action/Excel@Carolina
February 15, 2023 for UNC Transfer students

Expected Duration
2 Years (typically Junior and Senior year) in the major coursework, 4 Years total

Learning Environment

Accelerated/Dual Degree Options
The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering offers an accelerated master’s degree for students who have completed a B.S.P.H or any B.S. in a STEM field from UNC–Chapel Hill. An accelerated master’s degree has the same overall credit requirements as a regular master’s degree, but potentially allows a student to finish in a single year. The M.S. and M.S.P.H. degrees are research-focused; the M.P.H. is focused on coursework and public health practice. These degrees prepare students to work as researchers, program officers, or consultants in industry, government organizations, and the non-profit sector; many graduates have gone on to complete doctoral degrees at UNC–Chapel Hill or elsewhere. See our program handbook for more details.

Engineering for Environmental Change, Climate, and Health Minor
This minor is designed to train students with an interest in developing engineering skills focused on building public health resilience to climate and environmental change. Click here for more information.

How To Apply

For Current UNC Students

  • Select “Apply for Major/Minor Change” in ConnectCarolina, which is available from the “other academic…” dropdown menu, located under the Academics section of the Student Center tab (SelfService > Student Center).
  • Select the double arrow to go to the Apply for Major/Minor Change page, then select the BSPH major that you wish to apply for from the “Major/Minor” dropdown menu. You can click the “Dept. URL” button to display a link to department website.
  • Once you have made your selection from the “Major/Minor” dropdown menu, you will need to select fall semester and year from the “Term” dropdown menu.
  • Click the “I Agree” checkbox in order for the “Submit Request” button to become available.
  • You will receive an email the next business day with a link to start the BSPH application. As a result, you cannot submit a major change form on the due date of the application. Please pay close attention to application deadlines to ensure that you can complete and submit the application on time.

Undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill typically apply to the major of their choice during the middle of their sophomore year and, if admitted, begin coursework in the major in their junior fall.

You may apply to more than one major; however, you will need to complete and submit separate applications to each major. To receive a link to an application for a second public health major, you will need to start the process again with “Apply for Major/Minor Change.”


For Current High School Students
  • Review our Assured Enrollment to our undergraduate majors.
  • Complete your application for admission on the Common Application or Coalition Application website by the Early Action deadline.
  • Complete the brief survey in the UNC supplement and indicate your interest for Assured Enrollment to on e or more of our undergraduate majors under Excel@Carolina opportunities. Please note that interest in these programs have no bearing on your admission decision, and the completion of this survey is not required for admission.


For Transfer Students

To apply for admission, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Common Application to create an account and start your application.
  • Submit the Common Application, the Common Application supplement, and application fee by the deadline above.
  • Upload the statement of purpose requested in your Common Application supplement.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended to:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Jackson Hall, Campus Box 2200
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-2200

  • Arrange to have two letters of recommendation – professional or academic – written on your behalf sent to
  • After you submit your application, you will receive instructions for creating your MyCarolina account, which will allow you to view the status of your application, including your admission decision. Be sure to check your MyCarolina account frequently for important application updates.


Admissions Information

Who Should Apply
The Environmental Health Sciences BSPH provides students with a fundamental grounding in the basic and applied sciences for advanced scientific education, professional schools or careers in practice in the field of public health with an emphasis in environmental health sciences.

Required Prerequisites
Students must successfully complete certain prerequisites prior to starting the major. Students are encouraged to complete as many prerequisites as possible before applying, but applications will be accepted from students with prerequisites in progress in spring of their sophomore year.

Undergraduate G.P.A.
3.0 GPA or higher

Letters of Recommendation Required
2 (academic and/or professional)

Not Required

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During and After The Program

For more information on our curriculum and graduate school/career outcomes, please visit the catalog.


Gillings Admissions

Jennifer Moore
Academic Coordinator

Amanda Northcross
Director of Undergraduate Studies