Environmental Health and Safety Technology, Associate of Applied Science


Environmental Health & Safety Technology (EHST) is a specialized branch of the health professions focusing on the environment of workers. Professionals in this field strive to find and eliminate conditions in the workplace that may result in occupational injury or disease. This is achieved through a process of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of the various stresses that contribute to unsafe working environments.

The EHST program is multi-disciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to disciplines including biological, chemical, physical, mathematical, and health sciences, as well as a thorough introduction to occupational health and safety concepts. Common occupational safety concerns deal with safety hazards involved with confined space entry, hazardous energy control, hazard communication, and compliance with safety standards, environmental protection, and other areas. Environmental health and safety personnel are expected to perform the following functions: identify and analyze accident and loss-producing conditions; develop accident prevention and loss control methods, procedures, and programs; communicate accidents and loss control data to individuals on a need-to-know basis; and measure and evaluate the effectiveness of accident and loss control systems.

The curriculum is modeled from guidelines of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in EHST may qualify to begin the examination process to become a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) through the BCSP. Students may also complete course work at a number of upper-level universities leading toward additional certifications such as the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) through the ABIH, the Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) through the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP), the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) through the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research (NAIER), and many others.

Program Entry

Environmental Health and Safety (EHST) candidates (new or returning) must attend a mandatory EHST program orientation before being allowed to register for program related courses (does not apply to academic courses). Fall entry (August) orientations are held between April and May. Spring entry (January) orientations are held between November and December. The department does not allow new students to enter the EHST program during the summer. Students may contact the Public Safety and Security department for upcoming orientation dates at 281-998-6150, x3686.

Plan of Study

Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
EPCT 1307 Introduction to Environmental Safety and Health 3
OSHT 1309 Physical Hazards Control 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra (or higher) 3
CHEM 1311
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I (lecture)
and General Chemistry I (lab)
Second Term
OSHT 1313 Accident Prevention, Inspection and Investigation 3
OSHT 2320 Safety Training Presentation Techniques 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Business and Professional Speech  
Select one of the following: 1 4
General Chemistry II (lecture)
and General Chemistry II (lab)
Biology for Science Majors I (lecture)
and Biology for Science Majors I (lab)
Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
Third Term
EPCT 1341 Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3
OSHT 2305 Ergonomics and Human Factors in Safety 3
OSHT 1307 Construction Site Safety and Health 3
ENGL 2311
Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Fourth Term
EPCT 2333 Environmental Toxicology 3
OSHT 2401 OSHA Regulations-General Industry 4
OSHT 2309 Safety Program Management 3
Approved Elective 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: OSHT 2309 Safety Program Management

Approved Electives 

EMSP 1160
EMSP 1501
Clinical-Emergency Medical Technician
and Emergency Medical Technician 1
EPCT 1301Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training and Related Topics3
EPCT 1305Environmental Regulations Overview3
EPCT 1311Introduction to Environmental Science3
EPCT 1313Contingency Planning3
OSHT 2380Cooperative Education-Occupational Safety and Health Technology3