Degrees & Certificates
Occupational Safety and Health
Associate in Science
About the Program
The Occupational Safety and Health program is designed to provide students the skills needed for employment in occupational safety and health. Practitioners in this career implement health and safety programs to meet mandated regulations in an effort to control occupational injuries and illnesses, accidents, and property losses due to unsafe working conditions. The scope of work in occupational safety and health may include development of cutting edge health and safety programs, identification of workplace hazards and appropriate controls, recognition and evaluation of potential worker exposure to contaminants, accident/incident investigation, and development/delivery of health and safety training programs.
About the Degree
The Associate of Science in Occupational Safety and Health degree program is designed to provide students the academic foundation for understanding hazardous materials management, construction safety, OSH safety training and accident investigation, for workplace safety and health standards. The Occupational Safety and Health specialist implements mandated health and safety regulations in an effort to control occupational accidents and diseases, property losses and injuries due to unsafe working conditions. The scope of this position includes the identification of physical hazards and the design and implementation of remediation, the evaluation of potential toxic agent risk to the employer, the development of safety management and employee training/management programs. The demand for occupational safety and health specialists has grown over the past 10 years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, federal, state and local government job growth will continue through 2022.
The safety and health practitioner may specialize in general workplace safety, construction, fire and property protection, transportation, chemical and radiological safety, emergency response, systems or product design. The Associate of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health is designed for direct job entry and/or career enhancement. Completion of the degree may be used to provide work experience credit toward OHST (Occupational Health and Safety Technician) certification requirements. Completion of the degree may be used to provide work experience credit toward CSP (Certified Safety Professional) certification requirements. Career opportunities include Safety Manager, Safety Technician, Safety Specialist, Safety Officer, Industrial Hygienist, Safety Professional – Construction, Safety Professional – Manufacturing, Safety Professional – Metals, Field Safety and OSHA Specialist, and Safety and Environmental Manager.
- Upon completion of the AS in Occupational Safety and Health, students are able to apply a working knowledge of mathematics and the sciences to conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data to solve safety and health related issues.
- Upon completion of the AS in Occupational Safety and Health, students are able to design programs to control, eliminate, and prevent occupational disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents or ergonomic factors as well as prepare an emergency response plan.
|BIO 20 Contemporary Human Biology||3|
|CHEM 30A Intro and Applied Chemistry I or|
|CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I||4-5|
|CIS 50 Introduction to Computing Information Technology||3|
|FST 54 Fire Prevention Technology||3|
|OSH 50 Introduction to Occupational Safety/Health||3|
|OSH 60 Elements of Industrial Hygiene||3|
|OSH 62 Physical Hazards||3|
|OSH 67 Comp Regulatory Requirements||3|
|PHYS 10 Descriptive Physics||3|
|RADS 40A Radiation Safety||2|
|RADS 40B Emergency Response and Monitoring||1|
|RADS 40C Safety Controls and Regulation||1|
|CHEM 1B General College Chemistry II||5|
|CHEM 30B Introduction and Applied Chemistry II||4|
|MATH 40 Statistics and Probability||4|
|BIO 30 (Intro to College Biology)||4|
|BIO 40 (Humans and the Environment)||3|
|BIO 50 (Anatomy and Physiology)||4|
|PSYC 1 General Psychology||3|
ᅀRequired if a student uses the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for
Associate of Science (AS) Degree
|Total Units for the Major||39-42|
The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022