Environmental Health Sciences, B.S.P.H.

The Environmental Health Sciences major is designed to fulfill all the pre-med course requirements. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for programs in the health professions, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine and are also qualified to sit for national certification which will enhance their advancement and employment opportunities.

This major emphasizes recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental health problems. This includes application of basic environmental health principles to problem solving, use of laboratory and quantitative methods to generate and evaluate environmental health data, and use of computer technology to calculate, analyze and display data.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) consists of:

Enhancement of the General Core

Students in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine must enhance the general core with courses in the following areas:

Foreign Language

Passing a foreign language course at Tulane at the 203 level or above. Students who have demonstrated proficiency at the 203 level upon arrival at Tulane must satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking a higher level course in that same language. Students may not satisfy this requirement on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


A minimum of 6 credits in Mathematics (two courses) or one additional course beyond the general core for quantitative reasoning. Symbolic Logic (PHIL 121) can not be used towards this requirement.

Professional Communications

Students are require to take SPHU 430 to satisfy this requirement

Writing Intensive Requirement

The Writing Intensive Requirement may be satisfied with a passing grade in at least one approved Writing Course beyond the proficiency requirement in English. Students normally satisfy this requirement by taking one of the courses on the approved list of writing courses. Completion of the first-year writing competency requirement is a prerequisite to enrollment in a writing intensive course.

Basic Core Curriculum (21-22 credit hours)

Students must complete the following undergraduate public health core courses regardless of area of major. All courses are three (3) credit hours.

Advanced Curriculum (15 credit hours)

Beginning in the junior year, students take the six advanced public health core courses as part of their undergraduate experience. These courses also serve as a bridge for those wishing to enter the 4/1 BSPH/MSPH program. The core courses in the graduate public health curriculum include:

Required Courses