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Bachelor of Science in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health

Bachelor of Science in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health Online


Program Overview

Consider the Benefits of the Occupational Health & Safety Online Program


The online B.S. in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH) program gives you the background to develop and implement strategies that aid organizations in maintaining compliance with industry safety, health, and environmental regulations.

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Reach the next level in your career as a detail-oriented, problem-solving leader who can protect people from work-related hazards, accidents and harm. This B.S. degree in occupational health and safety prepares you to complete the industry certification exams and obtain OSHA designations necessary for professional advancement.

Specialized coursework provides experience and knowledge you can use immediately in your workplace and add to your resume. You will gain a strong understanding of the toxicological effects of certain substances, chemicals and metals; learn to recognize and prevent occupational illnesses; analyze and examine environmental and public health risks, and more. A senior seminar guides you in a job search and certification exam preparation.

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Recognition of occupational hazards
  • Industrial safety and environmental reporting
  • Industrial hygiene sampling and analysis
  • Water, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste treatment and management
  • Accident investigation and analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Disaster preparedness and emergency management

Prepare for careers such as:

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Health and Safety Advisor
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Injury Prevention Specialist

Projected Job Growth

According to Lightcast and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in occupational and environmental health and safety are projected to grow 15% regionally and 13% nationally through 2031.

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Tuition

Take Advantage of our Reasonable Tuition and Pay as you Go


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S. in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $269
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Tuition Per Course $807

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Calendar

Follow this Schedule for our Online Occupational Health and Safety Bachelor's Degree


Our B.S. in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2023 7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2023 02/24/2023 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/19/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
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Admissions

Your Online Degree in Occupational Health and Safety Admission Checklist


Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the B.S. in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health online program. Enrollment specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:

    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State

    Note: If you’re admitted as non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.

  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

Here's what you will Study in our Online Occupational Health and Safety Degree Courses


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 61 credit hours of major courses, 18 credit hours of support courses and three credit hours of electives. You can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

OESH 3013: Occupational Health and Safety

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to major concepts and issues in occupational health and safety, including general principles, human work environment, control of hazards in the occupational environment, and occupational safety and health program requirements.

OESH 3023: Principles of Environmental Health

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of traditional, emerging, and controversial issues associated with environmental health.

OESH 3103: Recognition of Occupational Hazard

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the principles and practice of Industrial Hygiene through the study of chemical, physical, and biological agents responsible for occupational illness.

OESH 3113: Toxicology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of toxicology with industrial and environmental implications and the toxicological effects of certain dangerous substances, chemicals, metals, and environ­mentally relevant pesticides.

OESH 3203: Control of Occupational Hazards

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to control strategies to reduce or eliminate occupational hazards including administrative and engineering controls, ventilation, shielding, noise control, and biohazard, thermal stress and emission control.

OESH 3223: Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Analysis Laboratory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the most common types of field measurements, sampling collection methods, and laboratory analyses that are used in evaluating occupational health hazards.

OESH 3303: Water, Wastewater, Solid and Hazardous Waste Treatment

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Water quality, water supply, and wastewater disposal, as well as solid and hazardous waste management, treatment, and disposal technology.

OESH 3313: Epidemiology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as well as some of the basic techniques of public health and evidence-based medicine.

OESH 3323: Occupational Illnesses

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Incidence of occupational diseases and approaches to recognition and prevention.

OESH 4003: Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Supervised field-based experience in a private or public industrial, hospital, or governmental agency.

OESH 4013: OSHA Standards and Practices

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Anticipation, identification, and evaluation of health and safety hazards and application of safety and health laws and OSHA regulations.

OESH 4113: Environmental Health and Safety Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to EHS management principles in both office and industrial settings to develop safer and healthier work environments.

OESH 4213: Construction Safety

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Occupational safety hazards associated with the construction industry. Emphasis is placed on OSHA policies, procedures, and standards as well as construction health and safety principles.

OESH 4223: Accident Investigation and Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to principles and practices for understanding the nature of occupational hazard recognition, accident prevention, loss reduc­tion, and accident investigation analysis.

OESH 4303: Environmental Risk Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to risk analysis and ex­amination of the fundamental aspects of risk, focusing on environmental and public health risks including hazard identification, exposure assessments, and risk communication.

OESH 4313: Ergonomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the principles of ergonomics including fundamental ter­minology, concepts and applications of physiology, anthropometry, biomechanics, and engineer­ing to workplace design.

OESH 4323: Air Pollution

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Pollutants, health effects, and technologies for controlling for emis­sions.

OESH 4401: OESH Senior Seminar

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Capstone course covering preparation for job searches, presentation, and certification exam preparation. Students will give formal presentations on their internship.

Choose three of the following electives.

OESH 3123: Issues in Industrial Hygiene

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced study in the area of industrial hygiene including noise, ventilation, and specialized calculations.

OESH 4203: Principles of Food Safety and Sanitation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles and techniques applied to the protection of food for human consumption. Emphasis is placed on food safety and proper environmental control measures to minimize health dangers.

OESH 4343: Process Safety

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the basic requirements in industry for process safety management of chemical hazards and the tools used to implement process safety management systems.

OESH 4413: Fire Safety and Prevention

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the basic principles of fire safety including prevention, detection, relevant fire codes, and common control methods.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

CHEM 1052: Fundamental Concepts of Organic and Biochemistry

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of CHEM 1043 with a focus on the role of chemistry in human body functions.

DPEM 3503: Principles of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An all hazards approach is utilized to identify legal and ethical issues, cultural, political and religious issues, collective behaviors and group panic, role of the media, effective communication, and identification of resources for persons engaged in disaster and emergency preparedness.

ENG 3063: Writing for STEM

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Development of skills in written communication in STEM-related fields for a variety of purposes and audiences.

POSC 4633: Environmental Law and Administration

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of current environmental law, its administration and enforcement.

STAT 3233: Applied Statistics I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is for students in a variety of disciplines including the sciences, allied health fields, and education. Focus is on descriptive statistics for quantitative and qualitative data, normal distributions, correlation, linear regression, sample surveys, randomized comparative experiments, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions.

BIO 2203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.

BIO 2201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course. If you transfer in more than 12 credit hours, you will not be required to take the Making Connections course. You may replace that 3-hour course with a 3-hour elective course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

You must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

You must complete 6 credit hours from this section. At least one course must be selected from MUS 2503, THEA 2503, or ART 2503, and at least one course must be selected from ENG 2003, ENG 2013, or PHIL 1103.

ART 2503: Fine Arts Visual

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description: Introduction to major artists, media, styles and works of art within their cultural and historical contexts for the non-art major.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

PHIL 1103: Introduction to Philosophy

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 12 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, HIST 2763 or HIST 2773.

HIST 2763: The United States to 1876

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.

HIST 2773: The United States Since 1876

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

MDIA 1003: Mass Communications in Modern Society

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the interaction between society and mass communication through the lenses of history, theory, economics, culture, law, and technology.

HIST 1013: World History to 1500

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The pre-modern world, with emphasis on the economic, political, and cultural processes that shaped societies before the rise of global interdependence.

HIST 1023: World History since 1500

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The modern world, with emphasis on the economic, political, and cultural processes that have increased global interdependence.

ECON 2313: Principles of Macroeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines national income accounting, inflation and unemployment, competing theories of national income, fiscal policy, the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy, and international trade.

ECON 2323: Principles of Microeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of resource allocation, supply and demand, consumer behavior, costs of production, the competitive model, oligopoly, and factor markets are examined.

ECON 2333: Economic Issues and Concepts

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to give the student a basic understanding of our economic system. Basic economic concepts will be explored and contemporary economic problems and issues will be examined in light of the concepts learned.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 2203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.

BIO 2201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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