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Occupational Safety and Health Associate of Science (AS)

About the Program

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.

Career Opportunities

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 in 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.

Program Outcomes

  • 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 in the workplace.
  • Upon completion of the AS in Occupational Safety and Health, students are able to prepare emergency response and fire prevention plans that meet regulatory requirements.
  • 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.

Required Core: (32-33 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BIO 20 Contemporary Human Biology 3
CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I 5
CHEM 30A Introductory and Applied Chemistry I 4
CIS 50 Introduction to Computing Information Technology 3
FST 4 Fire Prevention 3
OSH 50 Intro Occupational Safety/Hlth 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

List A: Select One (4-5 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 1B General College Chemistry II 5
CHEM 30B Introductory and Applied Chemistry II 4
MATH 40 Statistics and Probability 4

List B: Select One (3-4 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BIO 30 Introduction to College Biology 4
BIO 40 Humans and the Environment 3
BIO 50 Anatomy and Physiology 4

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.