Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health

The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (OESH) prepares students for rewarding careers protecting America's workforce, the public and the natural environment. As Environmental Safety & Health (ESH) professionals, our graduates are concerned with the interaction between people and the physical, chemical, biological and psychological factors which affect safety, health and productivity.

Coursework covers a wide range of subjects including approaches to accident prevention, environmental protection, ergonomics, fire prevention, and legal aspects among others. The students are provided with essential skills that enable them to recognize hazards, and to devise and implement methods to control those risks. In addition, students are provided with a number of practical work site experiences, culminating in a full semester internship with a practicing ESH professional.

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Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety will be able to:

  • Evaluate workplace and other environmental exposures
  • Prescribe preventive and corrective actions
  • Apply legal aspects of OESH practice
  • Effectively communicate with stakeholders
  • Manage OESH programs

In addition to the occupational safety  major, the Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health offers three emphases to students who want to specialize their knowledge:

  • Construction Safety
  • Environmental Management
  • Occupational Ergonomics

The following Minor Programs are also offered (for non-majors only):

  • Environmental Management
  • Occupational Safety

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