Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health Online

Identify and analyze potential workplace hazards, infractions and risks, and discover new ways to keep workers safe. This program is also a Qualified Academic Program with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Next Apply Date: 8/5/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/19/24
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Program Overview

Gain insights into our online B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health

Learn to identify and analyze potential workplace hazards, infractions and risks with the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health. In this online degree program, you will explore topics ranging from employee safety education and regulatory compliance to policy and enforcement.

This bachelor's program is also a Qualified Academic Program with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and entitles graduates to add the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) certification behind their name and the opportunity to skip the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) portion of the CSP (Certified Safety Professional) exam.

Taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, this online program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to design and implement corrective safety measures—while you discover new ways to keep workers safe. This B.S. degree program is a foundation for roles in the occupational safety and compliance sector.

Health and Safety Learning Outcomes:

  • Promoting occupational health and safety practices within organizations
  • Training management and staff on how to prevent risks and hazards
  • Implementing corrective safety measures and discovering new ways to keep workers safe
  • The ability to Evaluating, analyze and synthesize information and ideas to construct informed, meaningful and justifiable conclusions
  • Promoting occupational health and safety practices within organizations
  • Training management and staff on how to prevent risks and hazards
  • Implementing corrective safety measures and discovering new ways to keep workers safe
  • The ability to Evaluating, analyze and synthesize information and ideas to construct informed, meaningful and justifiable conclusions

Careers in Regulatory Compliance:

  • Facilities Manager
  • Occupational Safety & Health Manager or Specialist
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technician
  • First Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Occupational Safety & Health Manager or Specialist
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technician
  • First Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • Manufacturing Manager

Online undergraduate programs also available:

Southeastern offers a variety of specialized online program options. Check out our other online undergraduate programs.

Per Credit Hour $306*
Transfer Hours Up to 90 Hours
Credit Hours 124

Accreditation

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This degree program meets BCSP's Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards, automatically giving graduates BCSP's Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation.

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What does a degree in Occupational Safety & Health look like?

Learn how to protect the well-being of workers by ensuring their workplace has safety measures in place to reduce the risk of injury and illness.

Tuition

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Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers its students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition that includes fees.

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Per Credit Hour $306*

Calendar

Add these key dates to your calendar

At SOSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Summer II6/24/246/10/246/10/246/21/247/15/248/11/24
Fall I8/19/248/5/248/5/248/16/249/15/2410/6/24
Fall II10/14/249/30/249/30/2410/11/2411/1/2412/8/24

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/5/24
Class Starts 8/19/24

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Admissions

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Let's start boosting your career! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for this online program, along with information on required documentation.

  • Online Application
  • Transcripts
  • College Placement Test

To meet the admission requirements for the B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health, applicants must submit a complete application, pay the $30 non-refundable application fee, and meet the following criteria:

Transfer Students: Students who have attempted seven or more semester hours of college credit. Remedial and activity courses are not counted.

  • Students are accepted as long as their cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher. If the student's cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0 but it does not indicate a suspension, they can enroll at SOSU for the upcoming semester; however, they would be placed on probation until that cumulative GPA reaches at least a 2.0. If their last semester does indicate a suspension, they would be required to sit out a semester before enrolling at SOSU. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.
  • College placement testing: Students will be required to take a test in each of the three areas (English, Math and Reading) unless they have successfully completed a college course in that area or have provided ACT scores of at least a 19. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiencies. If they do not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies should be completed within the first 12 credit hours (typically one semester). Our Learning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.

Adult Freshmen: 21 or older and has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.

  • Provide a completed high school transcript or GED
  • College placement testing is required if the student does not provide ACT or SAT scores. See testing information above.

New Freshmen: A student who has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.

  • Minimum ACT of 20 (or SAT equivalent) or 2.7 overall high school GPA and top 50% of graduating class OR 2.7 GPA in the 15-unit core curriculum (four English, three Math, three History, three Science and two Electives)
  • College placement testing: There are three tests (English, Math and Reading) that are given to students who do not score at least a 19 on the ACT or equivalent SAT scores in that area. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiency.

If the student does not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies are required to be completed within the first 24 credit hours (typically two semesters). Our Learning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.

Returning Students: Students who have not attended any other school since leaving SOSU are accepted under the following circumstances:

  • The student has a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0; or
  • If the student's cumulative GPA is under a 2.0 and their final semester with SOSU was on academic probation, they can return on probation. This status will stay in effect until the student raises their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0.
  • For students who have been suspended, university policy states that for the first suspension, a student must sit out at least one semester before returning. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.

International Application and Admissions Requirements: Please note, unfortunately, students with an F-1 visa are ineligible for online programs.

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Academic Records:
    • Original final post-secondary transcript(s) and diploma(s) from each college or university attended. If your transcript is not issued in English, we require the original document as well as an English translation done by your school(s) or a professional translating company. Original = issued by a school or examination board with an official signature and school stamp or seal.
    • Post-secondary records from outside the U.S. must be analyzed by a NACES (www.NACES.org) educational credential evaluation service such as IERF or WES or ECE. For IERF, students need to choose the "detailed report" option and select Southeastern Oklahoma State University from the menu. IERF will send the evaluation of your records to our International Student Services office.
  3. English Proficiency: Internet-based TOEFL score of 61 or an IELTS Academic score of 5.5; taken within 2 years of enrollment.
    • For TOEFL, let us know your registration number and have your score report sent to Southeastern (institution code: 6657).
    • For IELTS, let us know your TRF number.
    • You do not need TOEFL or IELTS scores if you meet one of the following:
      • English is your first language
      • You graduated from a U.S. high school with 4 years of English
      • You have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university
      • You have 24 hours of college or university credit in the U.S. with a grade point average of 3.0 or better (including English Composition I and II)

Official sealed transcripts from all previous institutions should be sent to Southeastern Oklahoma State University:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University/Registrar
425 W. University Blvd.
Durant, OK 74701-3347

Email: [email protected]

Courses

See the topics you’ll study in the online health and safety curriculum

For the B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health online, students must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours. The curriculum is comprised of 41 Occupational and Safety Health credit hours, 18-24 credit hours in a minor, 44 General Education credit hours, and Electives selected with an advisor as needed to meet university graduation requirements.

Students must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an overview of occupational safety and health in business and industry. It includes program organization, hazard information and program implementation.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on principles of fire protection and fire prevention as they apply to business and industry.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of drugs and their effects. This course examines physiological, psychological and societal effects of drug misuse and abuse in our society. In addition, the historical development of behavior-altering substances from the early Chinese to the modern drug culture is studied.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamentals of sound, vibration, and acoustics. Physical and psychological effects of noise on individuals; measurement and analysis of noise. Control of noise through the application of engineering principles and acoustics. Personal equipment for protection against noise; legal and medical aspects of noise control; effective noise control management. (Prerequisites: SFTY 1313 and 2003)
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, fundamentals of safety on construction sites (commercial and industrial) will be discussed. Practical application on a simulated construction site will be included.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on concepts and methods of systems safety. Failure mode and effect, management oversight risk tree (MORT), cost-benefit analysis, statistical probability and process safety are studied.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers basic safety and health training concepts, instructional methods and program development with emphasis on the adult learner.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses safety program organization, administration and management.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course utilizes practical application to explore the concepts and methodology for recognizing, evaluating and controlling hazards and environmental stresses in the workplace that may result in occupational diseases and injuries. The course must be taken the same semester as SFTY 4361: Industrial Hygiene lab. If either class (SFTY 4353 or SFTY 4361) is dropped, BOTH classes must be dropped and retaken.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This lab course is designed to put into practice the tests, lab requirements and procedures outlined and instructed in the Industrial Hygiene course (SFTY 4353). Must be taken the same semester as SFTY 4353. If either class (SFTY 4353 or SFTY 4361) is dropped, BOTH classes must be dropped and retaken.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course gives an overview of current engineering principles including facility and work status, material handling, work place exposures and protection, and production operations. Emphasis is on human and ergonomic factors.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses safety and health legal liability, regulatory compliance, and workers compensation.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of hazardous materials and waste management in relation to legislation, handling, storage, transportation and emergency response.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Required for all seniors. Emphasis is on career planning and program assessment.
Students must select one of the following courses.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will consist of three main units of instruction. The first unit will cover an introduction to legal theory, legal and deductive reasoning, constitutional law, administrative law, the court system, civil and criminal procedures, alternative dispute resolution, criminal law, and the concepts of tort and strict liability. The second unit will consist of the study of common law contract theory and an introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code. The basic elements of contracts will be examined, along with remedies, statute of frauds and third party rights. The final unit will consist of the application of property, bailments, agency, employment law, business structures, intellectual property, E-commerce, international law and other topics. The concept of ethics and proper business conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course includes the study of planning, leadership, organization and control in order to effectively manage organizations in a dynamic environment. Includes a heavy emphasis on human behavior in organizations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with information related to numerous safety disciplines and how to relate this information to living safely in today's complex society. The curriculum is designed to familiarize the student with general knowledge about school, traffic, community, personal, environmental and occupational safety.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an entry-level analysis of the safety aspects of oil and gas exploration, on and offshore drilling (to include fracking), refinement, and distribution of oil and gas products. Prerequisites: SFTY 1313 and SFTY 2003
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The internship provides supervised on-site experience in safety gained through work. Term report required. (Prerequisites: 15 semester hours of safety and approval of advisor)
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an individualized project selected in consultation with professor. (Permission required)

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