This program prepares students for careers in the environmental, health and safety technology (EHST) field. Students who choose to focus on health hazards, industrial hygiene, and safety in the workplace can elect Option A: Safety Technology.  Other students can choose to develop their knowledge and skills in surface water, ground water and soil sampling; understanding risk assessments, and generally evaluating environmental conditions available under Option B: Environmental Field Technician. Select EHST courses contain safety training modules that can provide students with safety certificates.  The EHST Program is designed to provide our students with a thorough understanding of compliance, training and workplace application of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) laws and regulations, whether in manufacturing or industrial sector, governmental agency, consulting field or firms, or healthcare industry.  Interested students must complete a program application and are encouraged to meet with the EHST Program Manager to obtain important program information, understand course sequences, and internship opportunities that will be reflected into the student's academic plan. 

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Related Training and Credentials

Program Admission Requirements

  • Interested students are required to complete a program application and are encouraged to meet with the Program Manager to obtain important program information, understand course sequences, and internship opportunities as reflected within the student's academic plan. 
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II  or appropriate score on English Placement Test, except with departmental permission.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test, or higher except with departmental permission.

Other Information

  • Interview with Program Manager strongly recommended.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Effectively and efficiently contribute to an organization’s environment, health and safety programs.
  2. Recognize, evaluate, and control workplace hazards and environmental stressors.
  3. Recognize and administer quality-assurance and quality-control protocols and methodologies to ensure data integrity and reliability for sampling, reporting, permitting, and compliance.
  4. Recognize, interpret, and explain environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.
  5. Evaluate environmental, health and safety conditions in the workplace and effectively and efficiently explain, both orally and in writing, the appropriate control methods.
  6. Evaluate, select, and apply environmental health and safety technologies and software applications.
  7. Articulate the value and benefits of a safe workplace and environmental stewardship.
  8. Effectively and efficiently train others in environmental, health and safety.
  9. Understand and demonstrate ethical behavior in environmental health and safety.

Note: Select option (a) or (b) before beginning this program.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
EHST-1301 Introduction to Environmental Technology 3
EHST-1310 Introduction to Environmental Law 4
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications  
Honors Computer Applications  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
EHST-1351 Safety and Health in the Workplace: OSHA 30 General Industry, OSHA 10 Construction, First Aid/CPR 2 3
DEGR-xxxx: General Elective (See list below) 3
Select one of the following: 4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory 3, 5
Environment, Ecology, and Evolution
and Environment, Ecology, & Evolution Laboratory 4, 5
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry 6  
Honors Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry  
 Credit Hours14
Summer Session
EHST-1360 Fuandamentals of OSHA Compliance (Option A) 7 2
 Credit Hours2
Third Semester
EHST-2361 Environmental Sampling and Analysis 8 4
EHST-2341 Hazardous Material Transportation 2
Select one of the following: 2
Evacuation and Emergency Planning (Option A) 7  
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (Option B) 7  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Human Resource Management (Option A)  
Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Option A)  
Physical Geology
and Lab in Physical Geology (Option B)
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication  
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Honors Speech Communication  
 Credit Hours14-15
Fourth Semester
EHST-2390 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3
EHST-2941 Field Experience 1-4
EHST-2991 Professional Practice 3
DEGR-xxxx General Elective course (See Recommended List Below)3
Select one of the following: 2
Introduction to Safety and Health Management (Option A) 7  
Risk Assessment (option B)  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II 9  
Honors College Composition II  
Technical Writing  
 Credit Hours15-18
 Total Credit Hours61-65


(A) Option A (Safety Technology)

EHST-1360Fuandamentals of OSHA Compliance2
EHST-2352Evacuation and Emergency Planning2
EHST-2221Introduction to Safety and Health Management2
Select one of the following:3
Human Resource Management
Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Additional program courses52-55
Total Credit Hours61-64

(B) Option B (Environmental Field Technology)

EHST-1330Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response2
ESCI-1410Physical Geology3
ESCI-141LLab in Physical Geology1
EHST-2380Risk Assessment2
Additional program courses52-55
Total Credit Hours60-63

Recommended Electives

Recommended for students planning to transfer into a four year degree program.

BIO-1500Principles of Biology I4
BIO-1510Principles of Biology II4
CHEM-1300General Chemistry I4
CHEM-130HHonors General Chemistry I5
CHEM-130LHonors General Chemistry I1
CHEM-1310General Chemistry II4
CHEM-131HHonors General Chemistry II5
CHEM-131LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
ECON-2000Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON-2010Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG-1030Environmental Geography3
MATH-1410Elementary Probability and Statistics I3
MATH-1530College Algebra4
PSY-1010General Psychology3
UST-1020Urban Geography3

Recommended electives for students pursuing Option A: Safety Technology

BADM-1460Workers' Compensation Law3
BADM-2330Human Resource Management3
CNST-1510Green Building & Sustainability I3
EET-1161Direct Current Circuits3
ISET-1410Applied Electricity I3
MET-1240Machine Tools and Manufacturing Processes3
MET-1230Drawing & AutoCAD3
PSY-1050Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
POL-2020Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies3

Recommended electives for students pursuing Option B: Environmental Field Technology

BIO-1300Horticultural Botany3
or PST-1300 Horticultural Botany
BIO-2150Environmental Science3
CNST-1410Architectural CAD I3
CNST-1731Construction Print Reading3
CNST-1740Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science3
CNST-2131Construction Methods and Materials3
CNST-2110Basic Survey Practices3
EET-1195Unmanned Aerial Vehicles3
ESCI-1510Historical Geology3
ESCI-151LLab in Historical Geology1