As one of the leading industrial hygiene programs in the country, this program offers opportunities for students to gain useful work experience through class projects at local businesses and knowledge of the field through coursework taught by experienced faculty. The curriculum encourages students to take courses in related disciplines to ensure that they have a broad knowledge base in occupational safety and health fields such as toxicology, occupational health psychology, ergonomics, and safety.
The Industrial Hygiene Program is located at Colorado State University. The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in ergonomics, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health psychology, and health physics programs on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites.
What Does an Industrial Hygienist Do?
- Anticipates and recognizes potential hazards in the workplace that cause illness or injury to workers and the public, such as chemicals, noise, biological hazards, and physical hazards
- Controls and detects potential hazards with environmental monitoring, engineering, and work practice methods
- Works in roles such as occupational health and safety specialist, industrial hygienist, environmental and occupational health manager, health and safety specialist, and consultant
MS or a PhD. There are two options for the Master of Science (MS) program:
- Minimum of 35 credits of coursework and a thesis
- Minimum of 39-41 credits of coursework, professional paper, and an internship or the internship can be substituted for one year of professional experience in occupational or environmental health-related areas
The MS program is ABET-accredited and designated a Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for Graduate Student Practitioners. Completion of a master's degree typically takes two years. Completing a PhD typically takes another three to five years after earning an MS.
Who Should Apply?
- Individuals with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and strong GRE scores
- Individuals with a strong background in math and science as well as strong writing skills
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
Students accepted into the CSU Industrial Hygiene Program may qualify for financial support, including tuition, stipends, as well as funding for research and travel, from the MAP ERC for one to three years. Graduate research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis to qualified students. The number of assistantships may vary from year to year depending on the level of research funding.
How to Apply
To be considered for the Industrial Hygiene Program and MAP ERC funding, applicants must apply through Colorado State University. For admissions requirements, deadlines, and additional information, please visit the MS program page or PhD program page.
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