Occupational Safety and Health Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Occupational Safety and Health Technology program is designed to provide students with multidisciplinary knowledge concerning well-known hazards and risks, and the elimination or reduction of work-related fatalities, injuries, and risk reduction. Students will develop skills used in supporting and monitoring of compliance in organizations regarding hazard and risk assessment, controls, and established procedures for their management. They will also fulfill the general education requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Occupational Safety and Health Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3762
Total Credits Required
63-75
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Design effective occupational safety and health training that meets workplace needs.
  2. Accurately interpret workplace occupational safety and health performance measurements for effective and continual improvement.
  3. Solve applied science problems, using the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary to perform basic occupational safety and health functions.
  4. Conduct experiments or test theories.
  5. Analyze and interpret data using scientific methods.
  6. Analyze the benefits and consequences of making legal, moral, and sustainable occupational safety and health actions.
  7. Communicate in various settings, both orally and in writing, using professional standards.
  8. Collaborate with individuals in a culturally responsive manner.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

$69,090

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

$66,530

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

$48,550

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HMT/OSH101 Introduction to Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Technology Critical course Gateway course Offered Fall semester only 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
GBS110 or
MGT101
Human Relations in Business and Industry or Techniques of Supervision 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
OSH106AC Industrial Safety Upon completion of this course with a C or better and in-class participation requirements , students may obtain an OSHA 30-hour card for general industry.
Offered Fall semester only
3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
OSH102 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene Offered Spring semester only 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR Higher
MAT15+ recommended for university transfer
3–6
OSH189AA Professional Leadership Development for Occupational Safety and Health I 1
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
OSH107 Occupational Safety Principles and Practice 3
BIO105 or
BIO160
Environmental Biology or Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology SQ or SG 4

Summer Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OSH270AA or
OSH270AB or
OSH270AC or
OSH290AC
Occupational Safety and Health Internship or Occupational Safety and Health Internship or Occupational Safety and Health Internship or Case Study And Research Project 0–3
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) SQ 4

Fall Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM230 Small Group Communication SB 3
CON271 Construction Safety Gateway course 3
OSH203 Health and Safety Program Management 3
OSH218 Ergonomics 3
FAC/OSH240 Fire Protection Systems 3

Spring Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
OSH211 Industrial Safety Management Systems and Performance Indicators 3
OSH206 Risk Management and Loss Control 3
AJS/DPR/FSC148 Fundamentals of Emergency Management Recommend in-person or hybrid class 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design SSH111 recommended HU 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HMT/OSH101 Introduction to Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Technology Critical course Gateway course Offered Fall semester only 3
OSH106AC Industrial Safety Upon completion of this course with a C or better and in-class participation requirements , students may obtain an OSHA 30-hour card for general industry.
Offered Fall semester only
3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS110 or
MGT101
Human Relations in Business and Industry or Techniques of Supervision 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CON271 Construction Safety Gateway course 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OSH102 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene Offered Spring semester only 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR Higher
MAT15+ recommended for university transfer
3–6

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OSH218 Ergonomics Offered Fall semester only 3
FAC/OSH240 Fire Protection Systems Offered Fall semester only 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OSH270AA or
OSH270AB or
OSH270AC or
OSH290AC
Occupational Safety and Health Internship or Occupational Safety and Health Internship or Occupational Safety and Health Internship or Case Study And Research Project 0–3
OSH189AA Professional Leadership Development for Occupational Safety and Health I Offered Spring semester only 1
OSH107 Occupational Safety Principles and Practice Offered Spring semester only 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM230 Small Group Communication SB 3
OSH203 Health and Safety Program Management 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO105 or
BIO160
Environmental Biology or Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology SQ or SG 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OSH206 Risk Management and Loss Control 3
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) SQ 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS/DPR/FSC148 Fundamentals of Emergency Management Recommend in-person or hybrid class 3
OSH211 Industrial Safety Management Systems and Performance Indicators 3

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design SSH111 recommended HU 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Safety and Health Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=143711).


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