Program Educational Objectives
The Environmental Health and Safety program contributes to the institution’s mission by offering a high-quality baccalaureate degree that meets and exceeds the educational outcomes-based criteria established by the American Society of Safety Engineers for a B.S. degree in a safety-related career field. The graduates the Environmental Health and Safety program are prepared to become effective safety and health professionals. During their first five years after graduation, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate excellent technical capabilities in evaluating & controlling environmental/ workplace hazardous conditions and practices.
- Effectively analyze & develop cost effective safe operating procedures and EHS programs.
- Work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, managers and citizens in building a safe productive organization and community.
- Be responsible citizens and effectively work with labor & mgt. in addressing workplace EHS issues.
- Apply sound design methodology in multidisciplinary areas to measure, evaluate and analyze EHS performance.
- Uphold professional, environmental, cultural, diversity, ethical standards and contemporary knowledge in EHS practice.
- Continue their professional advancement through life-long learning.
- Enhance the community through civic responsibility and the promotion of economic development.
- Competently use mathematical methods, engineering analysis and computations, and measurement and instrumentation techniques for compliance to EHS standards, regulations & codes.
- Practice effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate Leadership in the Profession by active participation in EHS organizations.
Baccalaureate degree students graduating from the Environmental Health and Safety program at Oakland University will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Design and evaluate a comprehensive safety and health program.
- Use the techniques, skills and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.
- Be proficient in written composition and oral communications.
- Apply science knowledge to solve problems using algebra, statistics, human physiology and anatomy, physics, chemistry, as it pertains to EHS practice.
- Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
- Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations, and codes for hazard control and work programs.
- Work effectively on multidisciplinary teams.
- Design, conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data to provide control solutions to EHS issues.
- Recognize and appreciate professional and ethical responsibilities of EHS professionals.
- Synthesize contemporary EHS issues and the impacts of their solutions within a global and societal context.
- Engage in continued professional development through graduate study, professional cert. and to become lifelong learners.
Grade Point Policy
Environmental Health and Safety majors must achieve minimum course grades of C in all math and science courses. Environmental Health and Safety majors and minors must achieve minimum course grades of C+ in all required EHS courses. A final course grade below the required minimum places a student on probation, which requires a meeting with the program director or a designated representative to discuss a method of remediation. In most cases, the method of remediation involves repeating the course in which the unsatisfactory grade was earned. See repeating courses for additional information.
Individuals who already have a degree from a regionally accredited associate or bachelor degree program may transfer a maximum of 62 credits that apply to the B.S. in Environmental Health and Safety degree program requirements.
Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Environmental Health and Safety
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Health and Safety must complete a minimum of 125 credits, including the following requirements:
1. Meet the university general education requirements
(see Undergraduate degree requirements). Note that several courses under requirement number three below satisfy general education requirements and Environmental Health and Safety degree requirements. See courses marked with “*”.
2. Complete the university U.S. diversity requirement
For Environmental Health and Safety majors, this requirement is satisfied by completing HS 3000 Community and Public Health (4) or any other course under the diversity category.
3. Complete the Environmental Health and Safety required courses
4. Elective credits
Minimum 10 credits
5. Complete the major courses
Bachelor of science in Environmental Health and Safety completion sequence for Certified Safety Professionals
The School of Health Sciences offers the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) through a CSP to BS EHS completion program. The student outcomes and educational objectives established for the BS EHS program are the same for traditional and CSP students, including course objectives and teaching methodologies.
Students who have satisfactorily completed a regionally accredited associate or baccalaureate degree and who possess a valid, current CSP certification may apply for admission to the CSP to BS EHS degree completion program. A cumulative GPA of C+ or better is required for admission to the CSP to BS EHS degree completion sequence.
Certified safety professionals with a GPA below C+ may be admitted to the University under pre-CSP EHS status and change to CSP BS EHS status upon completion of a minimum of 12 credits (applicable to the EHS program) at Oakland University with a GPA of C+ or higher.
Certified safety professionals must complete all credits and/or courses required in the BS EHS degree program. Completion may be achieved in the following manner:
1. Graduates from a regionally accredited associate or bachelor degree program
May transfer a maximum of 62 credits from community colleges that apply to the BS EHS degree program requirements. In addition, 22 Environmental Health and Safety credits will be granted through a course competency process. This process includes:
- Successful completion of the CSP examination
- Evidence of a valid, current CSP certification
- Registration for competency credits as per the OU Undergraduate Catalog
- Registration for approved competency credit courses to include EHS 1000 , EHS 2250 , EHS 2350 , EHS 3300 , EHS 3380 , EHS 4410 , and EHS 4420
2. Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Health and Safety
Must complete a minimum of 125 credits as outlined in the official Oakland University catalog. The minimum required courses may be satisfied through a combination of credits delivered by Oakland University, transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher education, and CSP competency credits. A minimum of 32 credits must be upper division credits from Oakland University.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety completion sequence for MIOSHA Training Institute Certificate holders
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and Oakland University formed a new alliance establishing the MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) to Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety Degree Program. This new program is available to those students who have a valid MTI Level 2 Safety and Health Management Systems (SHMS) certificate. Students who have the aforementioned certificate from MTI are eligible to receive up to 11 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety at Oakland University.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) must complete a minimum of 125 credits as outlined above. The minimum required courses may be satisfied through a combination of credits delivered by Oakland University, transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher education, and MTI competency credits. A minimum of 32 credits must be upper division credits from Oakland University.
In order to receive a B.S. in EHS degree, each student must meet all the requirements of the program published in this catalog.
Courses for which are eligible for competency credit through the MTI-OU program are: