Is this Program a Good Fit for You?
Safety and health students are typically interested in:
- Controlling and preventing environmental and occupational hazards
- Gaining the knowledge and skills to become leaders in the field
SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED with a degree in Safety and Health
Take on our mission to build a better Texas as you prepare to compete in an interconnected world with creativity, ethical leadership and imagination. We don’t just discover the future; we make it.
In the College of Innovation and Design, you will gain applied skills, not just theories. As a working adult, you can apply what you learn to your existing position and prepare to move up the career ladder or take on a new career!
Our faculty is ready to guide you through your coursework. We are on your team and dedicated to your success!
All competency-based programs in the College of Innovation and Design are offered in two seven-week terms per traditional semester with a break between each term.
|Semester||Term 1||Break||Term 2|
|Spring||Jan. 17 – March 3||March 6 – 17||March 20 – May 5|
|Summer||May 15 – June 30||July 3 – 7||July 10 – Aug. 25|
|Fall||Sept. 5 – Oct. 20||Oct. 23 – 27||Oct. 30 – Dec. 15|
Affordable, flexible program designed for the working professional
- Transfer up to 90* credit hours
- Earn up to 19 hours of transfer credit with your Certified Safety and Health Official certification.
- Accelerate through coursework by leveraging your current knowledge in a competency-based education format
- Program is 100% online, featuring two seven-week terms per traditional semester.
*Maximum amount of transfer credit cannot exceed 90 hours from other higher education institutions, WECM credits, military credits and CSHO certification.
Tuition is a flat rate per seven-week term. Texas residents pay $750 per term and out-of-state residents pay $1,500 per term. Many of the courses include e-textbooks incorporated in the online competency modules.
A BAAS degree offers many opportunities in the job market. From education to computer science, or sociology to biology, the possibilities are limitless! These are just some of the jobs for which a BAAS degree can eventually qualify you.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020
Courses to Prepare You for Your Career
Required courses include Technical Writing and Communication in Safety and Health, Legal Aspects of Safety and Health, and Human Factors in Occupational Safety. General education courses and professional development electives are designed to complement the required courses and provide a well-rounded, in-depth preparation for work in the field.
This course examines the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Discuss OSHA regulations including citations, penalties, inspections and record keeping.
This course focuses on the personnel aspects, communication and motivation in managing safety and health programs. Gain the skills of writing safety programs and implementing safety training. Lean how to evaluate the effectiveness of various methods and programs.
Course Delivery and Resources
Three components make up the 120-credit-hour degree.
- General Education/Core Curriculum (42 semester credit hours)
- You have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of general education competencies without needlessly sitting through introductory courses.
- Professional Development Electives (48 semester credit hours)
- You are able to demonstrate competency in a variety of related fields.
- Upper Division Applied Coursework (30 semester credit hours)
- You will build on and apply work-related skills in four mastery areas.
You begin each term by registering for up to two courses.
- When you complete all of your current courses before the end of a term, you can take and complete another course by the end of the term.
- You can accelerate an unlimited number of times in each term.
- Using this method, you can shorten your time to degree completion.
- You are not allowed to add courses during the final week of the term.
Did you miss the registration window? Don't worry! You have two available registration opportunities each semester! For specific dates, email our advising office.
|Prefix and Number||Required/Core Course Title||SCH|
|General Education/Core Curriculum*||42|
|SHCB 300||Introduction to Safety Studies*||3|
|SHCB 301||Technical Writing and Communication in Safety and Health*||3|
|SHCB 310||Legal Aspects of Safety and Health*||3|
|SHCB 320||Measures of Safety Performance*||3|
|SHCB 330||Human Factors in Occupational Safety*||3|
|SHCB 340||Safety and Health Program Management*||3|
|TGMT 358||Essentials of Project Management*||3|
|SHCB 410||Environmental Law and Management*||3|
|SHCB 430||Hazardous Materials*||3|
|SHCB 499||Safety and Health Capstone*||3|
|Prescribed Elective Course Title||SCH|
|Professional Development Electives ^||48|
^ Professional Development Electives may be previous coursework from community colleges, four-year colleges/universities, WECM or military credits or other transcripted academic work. CSHO certification will be converted to transfer credit in this portion of the major. Students may also select courses from the CBE inventory within the College of Innovation and Design with advisor approval.
TOTAL: 120 hours