Jul 24, 2024  
2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental, Health and Safety Management B.S.

Location(s): Tahlequah, Broken Arrow

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OSRHE Program Code: 076
CIP Code: 150703

Major Code: 8300
Option Codes:

  • 8304 - EHSM General

This Bachelor of Science degree program is designed to prepare people for careers in a variety of environmental, health and safety related fields including government, industrial and privately owned companies. This program is designed to familiarize the student with state and federal environmental and occupational safety and health regulations. Emphasis is placed on management skills necessary to ensure compliance, provide employee training, and to promote continuous improvement through innovation to reduce waste generation and eliminate or minimize exposures to create safer and healthier workplaces and environments. An internship is available for those who qualify that offers on-the-job training. Those who wish to work for governmental agencies such OSHA, EPA, and the NRC or allied health related fields will need to take additional appropriate science and mathematics courses.  

Specialty Accreditation

NSU’s Environmental, Health and Safety Management, B.S. is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, 8645 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, 317-593-4800, https://www.bcsp.org

Credential Requirements

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Health, and Safety Management are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) designation with BCSP. This designation is a pathway to the Certified Safety Profession credential.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and use all relevant federal, state, and local environmental agencies and regulations as well as OSHA standards to ensure protection of human health and the environment.
  2. Discuss and evaluate global, regional, and local environmental problems affecting human health and the environment.
  3. Review fundamental environmental and safety issues affecting society with regard to costs, health, safety and environmental impact.
  4. Explain sources, significance and fates of contaminants found in the terrestrial, atmospheric, subsurface, and work environments.
  5. Develop plans and programs that can be utilized to meet regulatory requirements.
  6. Conduct internal and external audits of environmental and safety programs.
  7. Evaluate and select appropriate treatment technologies, pollution prevention strategies, and personal protective equipment for contaminants.
  8. Apply chemical principles relating to identification and management of hazardous materials.
  9. Identify, evaluate, and solve programs relating to regulatory requirements.
  10. Explain differences and similarities between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  11. Conduct research and communicate effectively both orally and in a variety of written formats.
  12. Effectively management people, time, and resources and participate on management teams.

General Education Requirements

A minimum of 46 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years.  For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements.  However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements.  Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information.  Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work.  See General Education Requirements  for more information.

Environmental, Health and Safety Management General Education Requirements

The following are course prerequisites that may be completed as part of the General Education requirements.

Major Total - 57 hours

Accelerated B.S. Environmental, Health and Safety Management to M.B.A. Business Administration: EHSM

Note:  Please refer to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program   for complete information concerning the Accelerated Degree Program.  Refer to the current Graduate Catalog for master’s degree requirements.


  • Students admitted to the Accelerated B.S. Environmental, Health and Safety Management to M.B.A. Business Administration: EHSM program will complete up to 12 hours of graduate level credit to apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Students may not receive credit toward both the undergraduate and the paired graduate-level course. A student completing an undergraduate course and the paired graduate-level course will only receive credit for one course toward the bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum grade of C is required for all 5000 level graduate courses.
  • Students who do not follow the approved degree plan may become ineligible to continue in the accelerated degree program. 
  • Prior to completing the undergraduate degree, if the undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA and/or overall GPA fall below a 3.00, the student becomes ineligible to continue in the ADP.
  • Students may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree pathway.  Graduate credit hours completed prior to the student withdrawing or becoming ineligible to continue in the ADP apply toward the undergraduate degree only.
ADP Paired Courses
ENVM 4043 - Industrial Air Pollution Control EHSM 5353 - Air Pollution Control
ENVM 4233 - Environmental Regulatory Compliance EHSM 5143 - Environmental Management             
SAFM 4413 - Machine and Materials Safety EHSM 5043 - Workplace Safety
SAFM 4423 - Industrial Hygiene Management EHSM 5163 - Industrial Hygiene


Additional Degree Information - College of Business and Technology

In addition to general education and program requirements stated above, additional hours may be needed to satisfy all minimum degree requirements listed below.

  • English Proficiency: Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • ​A minimum of 124 hours is required. PE activity is limited to four hours. Prior learning credit (CLEP, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc) is limited to 30 hours.
  • ​A minimum of 30 hours in residence (from NSU) is required for graduation. PE activity is limited to four hours. Hours in residence exclude zero-level courses and prior learning credit such as CLEP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc.​
  • A minimum of 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses is required for graduation.  ​
  • A minimum of 60 hours from a 4-year school is required for graduation excluding zero level and PE activity courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the major requirements must be upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level).
  • At least 18 hours or fifty percent of the major, whichever is greater, must be satisfactorily completed at NSU.
  • The minimum number of credit hours required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences varies based on the type of degree.  B.B.A and B.T. degrees require at least 40 hours and the B.S. degree requires at least 55 hours.  Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses are identified in catalog course descriptions.

For more information, see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

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