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.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 2 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours 120 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required

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

Student Support


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.


SemesterTerm 1BreakTerm 2
SpringJan. 17 – March 3March 6 – 17March 20 – May 5
SummerMay 15 – June 30July 3 – 7July 10 – Aug. 25
FallSept. 5 – Oct. 20Oct. 23 – 27Oct. 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.

Program Costs

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 degree in safety and health offers the opportunity to:

  • Examine ethics and legal issues in safety and health and the role leaders play in influencing behaviors
  • Develop effective strategies for workplace analysis and hazard prevention and control processes
  • Analyze data to effectively manage projects and find optimal solutions to problems
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with peers, managers and other stakeholders
Engineer in personal protective equipment using a laptop on a construction site.


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

Health and Safety Specialists (National Median)
Health and Safety Specialists (DFW Average)
Health and Safety Technician (National Median)
Health and Safety Technician (DFW Average)
Construction Safety Specialist (National Median)
$65, 955
Construction Safety Specialist (DFW Average)

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020, 2021

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What You Will Learn

Gain a broad overview of the safety and health field, including instruction in legal issues, ethics, communication, problem-solving, OSHA requirements and risk assessment. You will have the opportunity to develop practical workplace competencies to meet current and future challenges in a variety of settings.

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.

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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.

Program Admission

Step 1: Demonstrate Your Knowledge

To demonstrate your knowledge, you will submit evidence of a level of competence in reading, writing and mathematics.

You are required to take or be exempt from the Texas Success Initiative assessment prior to enrolling in college; students without assessment scores because of exemptions that are not test or grade based must take a placement test to determine entry level in Math and English courses.

TSI Exemptions

  • ACT scores: Composite 23; English 19 or Math 19; no older than five years
  • SAT scores: Composite 1070; Verbal 500 or Math 500; no older than five years
  • TAKS scores: 2200 Math or 2200 English/Language Arts with a three writing subscore
  • Received an associate degree or baccalaureate degree from a Texas public institution.
  • Out-of-State/private institution transfer who has satisfactorily completed college level work with a “C” or better in areas of reading, math and writing.
  • Has met readiness standards at another Texas public higher education institution; “C” or better in developmental course work.
  • Military Service
    • Serving in the active military.
    • Serving as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces for at least three years preceding enrollment.
    • Honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty in the military on or after August 1, 1990. Please provide us with your official DD214 with discharge status in order to apply this exemption.
  • Additionally, you may submit scores from the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment), COMPASS or ASSET to satisfy the assessment requirement.

For more information about the assessment requirements, please contact the Testing Center.

Step 2: Submit Your Transcript

Submit or request submission of official transcripts from high school, GED score report including percentile scores and/or each institution you attended.

  • A transcript is considered official only if received directly from the sending institution or, if hand delivered, the transcript must be in a sealed registrar's envelope.
  • Send transcripts to:
    • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
      Texas A&M University-Commerce
      P.O. Box 3011
      Commerce, Texas 75429-3011
    • For faster delivery, check to see if your previous/current academic institution(s) can submit an electronic version of your transcript to the Admissions Office. We accept SPEEDE and Escrip-Safe electronic transcripts.

Step 3: File for Financial Aid

We can give you financial aid guidance to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Designate TAMUC as the college to receive your FAFSA information.
  • A&M-Commerce's school code is 003565.

For more information, please contact financial aid advisor, Daniel Sanders at [email protected] or call 903.468.6059.

Degree Guide

Prefix and NumberRequired/Core Course TitleSCH
General Education/Core Curriculum*42
SHCB 300Introduction to Safety Studies*3
SHCB 301Technical Writing and Communication in Safety and Health*3
SHCB 310Legal Aspects of Safety and Health*3
SHCB 320Measures of Safety Performance*3
SHCB 330Human Factors in Occupational Safety*3
SHCB 340Safety and Health Program Management*3
TGMT 358Essentials of Project Management*3
SHCB 410Environmental Law and Management*3
SHCB 430Hazardous Materials*3
SHCB 499Safety and Health Capstone*3
Prescribed Elective Course TitleSCH
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

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011

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