PROMOTE SAFETY, MANAGE WORKPLACE RISKS
Become an effective and innovative leader with a competency-based program that prepares you for a rewarding and impactful career in the field of safety and health. Designed for working professionals, this program offers fully online coursework so you can plan your studies around your busy life. Receive credit for what you know and can do, then accelerate your degree completion and job promotion opportunities.
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
Innovation and Discovery
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. 16 – March 1||March 4 – 15||March 18 – May 3|
|Summer||May 13 – June 28||July 1 – 5||July 8- Aug. 23|
|Fall||Sept. 3 – Oct. 18||Oct. 21 – 25||Oct. 28 – Dec. 13|
Affordable, flexible program designed for the working professional
- Transfer up to 84 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.
Earning a degree is more affordable than ever. Our competency-based programs offer quality education at an affordable price. These rates include online versions of required course materials.
|Residency Status||Tuition Per Semester|
In-State (TX resident)
This includes: Oklahoma Louisiana New Mexico Arkansas
Neighboring state (aka interior county: Oklahoma and Louisiana only) Does NOT include New Mexico and Arkansas
in-state + $30/hour
Out of state (e.g., Florida)
Active Duty Law Enforcement + Firefighter Tuition Exemption
- First responders that are neither law enforcement nor firefighters and/or those working for private companies are NOT covered by the tuition exemption.
- Tuition exemption limited to state residents
A BAAS degree offers many opportunities in the job market. The possibilities are limitless from education to computer science or sociology to biology! These are just a few 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 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.
Examine the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You will 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. You will gain the skills to write safety programs and implement safety training while learning 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.