Occupational Health & Safety

Occupational Health and Safety Concentration:

Almost half of all occupational health and safety specialists and technicians work in federal, state, and local government agencies. For positions as specialists, most employers require a bachelor's degrees in safety.

What do they do?
  • Help keep workplaces safe and workers unscathed
  • Promote occupational health and safety within organizations by developing safer, healthier, and more efficient ways of working
  • Analyze work environments and designs programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors
  • May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws, regulations or employer policies governing worker health and safety

Working Conditions
They work with many different people in a variety of environments. Their jobs often involve considerable fieldwork, and some travel frequently. Many specialists and technicians work long and often irregular hours.

They may experience unpleasant, stressful, and dangerous working conditions and may find themselves in adversarial roles when the organization or individual being inspected objects to the process or its consequences.

Occupational Health and Safety Concentration Requirements

Credit Hours

General Education Requirements 41
Mathematics and Science Requirements 40
Occupational Health and Safety Concentration Requirements 39
Total 120
General Education Requirements 41
MATH 1840 Analytic Geometry & Differential Calculus 3
BIOL 1110/11 General Biology I Lecture/Lab 4
CHEM 1110/11 General Chemsitry II Lecture/Lab 4
This program requires the above courses for the general education core. It is suggested that students choose the above courses to meet their science requirements as set out in the general education curriculum. The remainder of the general education core may be selected by the student and their advisor. **See Course Catalog for additional general education requirements.** 30

Mathematics and Science Requirements


CHEM 1120/21 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 4
CHEM 2010/11 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 5
CHEM 2020/21 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 5
CHEM 2220/21 Quantitative Analysis Lecture/Lab 4
PHYS 2010/11 General Physics I Non-Calc Lecture/Lab 4
HSCI 3000 Human Anatomy 4
HSCI 3020 Human Physiology 4
HSCI 3320/21 General Microbiology Lecture/Lab 4
PUBH/BSTA 3000 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
PUBH/EPID 3080 Principles of Epidemology 3

Occupational Health and Safety


ENVH 3400 Introduction to Air Pollution 3
ENVH 3500 Environmental Safety 3
ENVH 4207 Principles of Radiological Health 3
ENVH 4340 Occupational Health 3
ENVH 4347 Ergonomics 3
ENVH 4357 Toxicology 3
ENVH 4360 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory 4
ENVH 4387 Biological Analysis in Envir. Health 4
ENVH 4397 Environmental Analysis 4
ENVH 4500 Fundamentals of Occ. Health & Safety 3
ENVH 4710 Introduction to Hazardous Waste 3
ENVH 4080 Environmental Health Practice 3

Note: ENVH 2989, ENVH 3989, or ENVH 4989 will substitute for ENVH 4080.