Dr. Turpin presents Eliza Harrison with the 2019 BSPH Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar Award in Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Dr. Turpin presents Eliza Harrison with the 2019 BSPH Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar Award in Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Our Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) in Environmental Health Sciences is a four-year, residential program offered by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Successful graduates will have spent two years in the general college and two years in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Our curriculum emphasizes rigorous preparation in the basic sciences, advanced coursework in environmental sciences (with the option of specializing in environmental biology, environmental chemistry or environmental physics tracks) and opportunities for involvement in research.

BSPH Program Contacts

Program Director: Amanda Northcross, PhD
Student Services Coordinator: Jennifer Joyce Moore, (919) 966-3844
Feel free to get in touch with one of our BSPH ambassadors.

Program Information

Many of our students participate in the honors program and/or write a senior honors thesis. We also offer a dual bachelor’s-to-master’s degree for suitably qualified students.

Our undergraduate program is small and selective (25-30 students per year). You can participate in research alongside graduate students and postdocs. Recent BSPH graduates have worked on water purification (chemical and microbiological); genetic tracking of malarial infections; aerosol formation in the atmosphere; dermal exposure to chemicals in work environments; food insecurity in migrant communities; and many more areas.

Typical destinations for our BSPH graduates include non-profit organizations; environmental consultancies; local, state and federal agencies; graduate study in environmental science; and medical, dental and other professional schools.


The curriculum is composed of six elements:

  1. General education requirements: including BIOL 101+101L, CHEM 101+101L, MATH 231 and 232; these courses can also help fulfill general education requirements.
  2. Basic science requirements in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 102+102L, 261; MATH 233 if placed out of MATH 231 and 232; PHYS 118 and 119 [116 and 117] or PHYS 114 and 115 [104 and 105]. + For Chemistry Track: MATH383, CHEM241 and CHEM241L, CHEM481. + For Physics Track: MATH383.  These courses provide grounding  in the basic sciences equivalent to most fundamental science BA degrees.
  3. Skills: COMP 116 (or approved alternatives) provides a marketable skill in computer programming for data analysis and model building
  4. Public Health Core: Coursework in the central Public Health disciplines, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Health Behavior, BIOS 600, EPID 600, HBEH 600, HPM 600
  5. Environmental Health Core: ENVR 230, 205, 403 and 430 or alternative (ENVR 593 is an approved alternative) provide a broad perspective on environmental health problems and specific understanding of the scientific mechanisms underlying environment—related health effects.
  6. Advanced Electives:
    • General Track: Two advanced undergraduate or graduate-level courses (400 or higher) relevant to Environmental Health allow in-depth study of specific aspects of Environmental Health.
    • Environmental Biology Track: Select two from: ENVR 411, ENVR 412, ENVR 421, ENVR 431, ENVR 433, ENVR 442, ENVR 468, ENVR 630, ENVR 640
    • Environmental Chemistry Track: Select two from: ENVR 403, ENVR 416, ENVR 419, ENVR 451, ENVR 575, ENVR 650, ENVR 675
    • Environmental Physics Track: Select two from: ENVR 403, ENVR 416, ENVR 451, ENVR 452, ENVR 453, ENVR 666, ENVR 671, ENVR 672, ENVR 675

Electives from outside the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering need to be approved by a program director.


  • Define major issues in environmental health, sciences & engineering. (ENVR 230)
  • Provide quantitative answers to complex environmental questions and describe the potential underlying uncertainties. (ENVR 205)
  • Describe linkages between sources of environmental contaminants, ambient concentrations, human exposures and possible solutions. (ENVR 403)
  • Describe the mechanistic basis for environmentally-induced disease and methods for prevention. (ENVR 430)
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills in environmental health, sciences and engineering within a public health context. (Capstone, Practicum or Research)

Application Details

Application instructions are found here. The deadline for applications for Fall 2022 is Tuesday, January 11, 2022. The Department offers fall admission only.