Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Industrial Hygiene (GIH)
Current as of: 09/11/2015

Degree Type: MS

Program Description
This program was developed considering guidelines established by ABET and subject areas from the Certified Industrial Hygienist exam from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. The Master's degree of this program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students matriculating with an ABET accredited undergraduate degree will receive the degree Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene, upon successful completion of all graduation requirements. Those students who do not have an ABET accredited undergraduate degree will receive the degree Master of Science.
In addition, the Industrial Hygiene program was developed in coordination with the Environmental Engineering and Science degree program. Both programs were motivated by a request from the AF Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) career field. The Environmental Engineering and Science program was offered for the first time in the Fall of 2003, while the Industrial Hygiene program began later in the Fall of 2006. The curriculum includes department core course offerings in statistics, risk analysis, and sustainable design. The program curriculum includes course offerings in industrial hygiene anticipation/recognition/evaluation/control, radiation protection, environmental transport, epidemiology, physiology, and toxicology.
Program Educational Objectives
1.      Our graduates have achieved positions of leadership as occupational/environmental health consultants, instructors, or similar positions of responsibility.
2.      Our graduates have applied their education to address difficult technical problems for the Air Force, sister service, civilian, or foreign industrial and community environments.
3.      Our graduates have attained voluntary professional board certification as Certified Industrial Hygienists.
Student Outcomes: Upon graduation
1.      The student shall be able to anticipate and recognize agents, factors, and stressors.
2.      The student shall be able to evaluate agents, factors, and stressors for hazard potential.
3.      The student shall be able to control hazards presented by agents, factors, and stressors.
Admission Criteria:
The general requirements for admission to the GIH program are as follows:
  • Degree: A bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited engineering program or a B.S. degree in a science related to environmental science, such as physics, biology, chemistry or industrial hygiene. 
  • Courses: Math courses including an introductory statistics course and calculus through ordinary differential equations an introductory environmental engineering course courses in organic chemistry and biology.
  • GRE: Verbal: > =153 (500 if taken prior to August 2012) Quantitative: > =148 (600 if taken prior to 1 August 2012)
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA  > = 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) overall
  • Deficiencies in the above areas may be waived or corrected through additional coursework on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Systems and Engineering Management.
Enrollment and graduation data for ABET-accredited Industrial Hygiene master's degree program are located on AFIT's Institutional Data webpage.

  For full details  regarding the GIH program, refer to Chapter 6 of the Department  " Blue Book."  

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