Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene

In our industrial hygiene program, scientific principles with emphasis of chemistry are applied for the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of health workplace hazards that are derived from exposure to biological, chemical, or physical agents.  The major in industrial hygiene is designed to prepare students for direct entry into positions in industrial, government and other organizations as industrial hygienists and for entry into graduate programs in industrial hygiene.  Requirements for the industrial hygiene major include prescribed ancillary courses in biology, computer science, mathematics and physics.  The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Hygiene are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET (http://www.abet.org).  This program is proud to state its educational objectives and student outcomes, and its annual student enrollment and graduation data.

The Industrial Hygiene Program at the University of North Alabama is a recipient of a Training Project Grant (TPG) from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH).  This TPG has been awarded to our institution since the year 2000 and contributes to our efforts devoted to the continuous improvement of the academic program and to the support of junior and senior students majoring in industrial hygiene.  The student support consists of academic scholarships (NIOSH Scholarships) and the funding of student academic-related intra- and extra-mural activities.

The program is led by Crescente E. Figueroa, Ph.D., CIH, who serves as Program Director of Industrial Hygiene.  Dr. Figueroa's responsibilities include managing the NIOSH TPG, maintaining program accreditation, teaching course requirements, supervising undergraduate research, recruiting and advising students, seeking opportunities for internships and permanent employment of graduates and, in general, advancing the academic program. 

Graduates from our program have been successful obtaining exciting job opportunities in the field of occupational health and safety.  Many notable national and international companies and organizations have employed one or more of our graduates. 

The following table lists the courses required to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in industrial hygiene.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

HRS

A. General Studies Component

41-47

B. Industrial Hygiene Major Requirements:

 

8

  • Quantitative Analysis (CH 321, CH 321LW)

5

  • Chemical Instrumentation (CH 322, CH 322LW)

5

  • Organic Chemistry (CH 311, CH 311L, CH 312, CH 312L)

10

  • Applied Physical Chemistry (CH 341, CH 341L)

4

  • Occupational Health and Safety (IH 301)

3

  • Industrial Ergonomics (IH 310, IH 310L)

4

  • Industrial Safety (IH 311)

3

  • Industrial Hygiene Problems (IH 322)

3

  • Industrial Toxicology (IH 333)

3

  • Airborne Hazards (IH 422, IH 422L)

4

  • Sampling Methods in Industrial Hygiene (IH 444, IH 444L)

4

  • Special Topics in Occupational Health and Safety (IH 490)

3

  • Capstone Project in Industrial Hygiene (IH 496)

1

TOTAL

52-60

Prescribed Supporting courses:

 
  • *Biology, Principles (BI 111)

4

  • Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology (BI 241, BI 242)

8

  • Biology, Microbiology (BI 307)

4

  • Computer Science, Business  Applications of Microcomputer Sofware (CIS 125), Computer Skills for Problem-Solving (CS 135), or Computer Science I (CS 155)


3

  • *Mathematics, Pre-Calculus Algebra (MA 112), Calculus for Business and Life Sciences (MA 121, 122), or Calculus I (MA 125) and Calculus II (MA 126)


8-9

  • Mathematics, Elementary Statistics I (MA 147)

3

  • *Physics, Technical (PH 251, PH 252)

10

TOTAL

40-41

D. Minor:  A minor is not required for the Industrial Hygiene Major.

 
E. General Elective Hours: to bring total to 128.
   Recommendations for electives include Biology 407; Biology/Chemistry 441; Earth Science 375; Industrial Hygiene 495.
 

*These courses are required in the major if not completed as a part of the General Studies Component.