2014-2015 Catalog

Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH)


Yearwood (Program Coordinator)

The Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH) program is a 58-hour major leading to the baccalaureate degree, bachelor of science. The OSEH program is administered by the Department of Technology. It has a 31-semester hour core of interdisciplinary coursework, which provides a sound professional background. The remaining 27 hours are selected from one of two technical concentrations: Industrial Safety or Industrial Hygiene. The degree program draws coursework from 12 academic departments and utilizes resources from the University’s Office of Safety and Environmental Health.

Admission Process

Admission to the occupational safety and environmental health major program of study is on a competitive basis. Ten students may be admitted per academic year. Students not meeting these minimum requirements may be admitted with probationary status upon recommendation of the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Admissions Committee.

Admission Requirements

A. A student must have completed the equivalent of 58 semester hours of coursework.

B. A student must have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a minimum grade of C:

CHEM 121
  & 121L
  & CHEM 122
  & CHEM 122L
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry I Laboratory
   and General Chemistry II
   and General Chemistry II Laboratory
MATH 103College Algebra3
ISBC 117
  & ISBC 317
Personal Productivity with Information Technology
   and Information Systems in Enterprise
PHYS 161
  & PHYS 161L
Introductory College Physics I
BIOL 150
  & 150L
General Biology I
   and General Biology I Laboratory
Total Credits23

C. A student must have completed 15 hours in residence at the University of North Dakota with a minimum 2.2 GPA. Transfer students will have official transcripts evaluated to determine the 15- hour requirement.

Admission Procedure

Obtain the application packet and submit:

  1. The application form
  2. One reference (sent directly to the University of North Dakota by the person writing the reference)
  3. An official transcript of previous coursework (sent by your institution directly to UND).
  4. Essay on “Rationale for Applying for Admission to the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Program, University of North Dakota” (part of application packet).
  5. The submitted materials will be examined, analyzed, and a decision will be made on your application. You will receive written notice of that decision. The decision may be that you have been accepted, placed on the waiting list for a succeeding semester, or denied for admission.

College of Business and Public Administration


B.S. in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. OSEH Admission Requirements (see above)

Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Curriculum

General Core: (Required) 31 credit hours

58 credits to include:

MATH 146Applied Calculus I3
ANAT 204Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel3
ECON 210Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
PSYC 301Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
TECH 203Manufacturing Processes3
OSEH 345Emergency Response2
KIN 110First Aid and CPR1
ENGL 1253
ACCT 315Business in the Legal Environment3
MGMT 300Principles of Management3
MGMT 302Human Resource Management3
Total Credits30

Plus one of the following two options:

Industrial Safety Concentration (Option I)

Required: 27 credits including:

OSEH 305Fire Safety2
OSEH 325Construction Safety3
OSEH 355Inspections1
OSEH 405Industrial Hygiene3
OSEH 425Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Seminar3
TECH 440Occupational Safety3
Select four of the following:12
Contracts and Specifications
Computer Aided Design/Drafting
Teaching Technology Education
Transportation Safety
Hazardous Materials Management
Risk Management
Product Safety and Liability
Total Credits27
Industrial Hygiene Concentration (Option II)

Required: 27 credits including:

CHEM 340Survey of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 340LSurvey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
OSEH 405Industrial Hygiene3
PPT 410Drugs Subject to Abuse2
OSEH 425Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Seminar3
Select four of the following:10
Computer Aided Design/Drafting
Cooperative Education
Teaching Technology Education
Hazardous Materials Management
Occupational Safety
Total Credits23

Graduation Requirements for the BSOSEH Degree

Students must achieve the following to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health administered through the Department of Technology and the College of Business and Public Administration.

  1. Meet the applicable graduation requirements of the College of Business and Public Administration.
  2. Have a 2.50 GPA in the major program of study.
  3. Meet the standard for the exit examination of the student’s selected concentration(s).
  4. Successful completion of the mid-program review, portfolios, and the written report.

Retention Standards for the BSOSEH Degree

To remain a student in good standing, the student must attain the following:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.20 and a minimum of 2.50 in the major program of study.
  2. Submit a portfolio of materials upon completion of 24 credits in the major for a mid-program evaluation of successful progress. Included in this portfolio will be a position paper relating to the goals, objectives, and responsibilities of the safety and health professional.
  3. Upon completion of 35 credits of the major, a written report will be submitted that outlines the student’s philosophical position in relation to the student’s selected concentration within the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health major.

Students not achieving the GPA standard, or deemed to not be making satisfactory progress as a result of the mid-program review or not achieving a satisfactory review of the written report, will be placed on probation for one semester. At the conclusion of that semester, the student will be reevaluated and either returned as a student in good standing or dropped from the program. After two semesters, the student may apply for readmission to the major program of study.


OSEH 226. Transportation Safety. 3 Credits.

An introductory course in transportation safety pertaining to personalized and fleet transportation systems. Emphasis will be on human characteristics related to driving, driving improvement, and state/national laws.

OSEH 305. Fire Safety. 2 Credits.

Students will explore and familiarize themselves with those codes that are used to ensure fire-safe environments in structures of all types. The student will learn how to apply these codes to various structures, occupancies, and situations. Prerequisite: CHEM 122. F, odd years.

OSEH 325. Construction Safety. 3 Credits.

A study of the rules and regulations of construction. Emphasis will be focused on management techniques, program development, recordkeeping documentation, and training requirements of the construction industry. F, odd years.

OSEH 345. Emergency Response. 2 Credits.

Emphasis will focus on the knowledge of regulatory requirements. Students will be versed in planning activities, the tools, protective equipment and emergency response procedures needed by those who respond to emergencies. SS.

OSEH 355. Inspections. 1-6 Credits.

Special consideration is given to the problems associated with interactions with management as related to regulatory matters. An awareness of the various rules and regulations which affect the workplace are part of the overview presented by this course. Prerequisite: TECH 440. SS, even years.

OSEH 365. Radiation. 2 Credits.

Special emphasis is given to the problems associated with the proper and safe handling of Radioactive Materials in both the sealed and unsealed forms. Consideration is given to the regulatory requirements which might face a licensee. Prerequisite: CHEM 122. F, odd years.

OSEH 375. Asbestos. 2 Credits.

A study of asbestos, it characteristics, the rules and regulations regarding asbestos abatement, and the tools, protective equipment, and procedures utilized for asbestos abatement. SS, odd years.

OSEH 385. Instrumentation. 2 Credits.

A study of the rules, regulations, requirements for the sampling analysis and monitoring of the business and industry work place environments. Emphasis will be placed on the instrumentation, calibration and other techniques required for managing the process, developing a comprehensive program, record keeping requirements, documentation, and training requirements. F, even years.

OSEH 395. Hazardous Materials Management. 3 Credits.

Students will study the problems associated with proper, safe handling, and disposal of hazardous materials. Special consideration will be given to regulatory requirements, exposure limits, and protective measures. Demonstrations, field trips, and group activities will be an integral aspect of this course. S, even years.

OSEH 405. Industrial Hygiene. 3 Credits.

Hazards in the workplace as they relate to our health will be addressed. The course will include the recognition, evaluation, control of hazards as they relate to industry. Prerequisites: ANAT 204 and CHEM 122. F, even years.

OSEH 425. Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Seminar. 3 Credits.

A study of emerging issues and concerns related to the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health profession. Involvement of practicing safety and health professionals and regulatory agency officials provide insight into the evolution of safety and health policies. S, odd years.

OSEH 435. Risk Management. 2 Credits.

The focus of this course will be on the global perspective of loss control measuring efforts in the minimization of financial insurance and workers compensation liabilities. F, odd years.

OSEH 465. Product Safety and Liability. 3 Credits.

Principles and practice of hazard control affecting the safety of manufactured goods and products. Responsibilities of the designer, manufacturer, distributor, and consumer. Concepts applied to analysis and prediction of product failure. The consumer product safety act, product liability prevention. Case studies in product liability. F, odd years.

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