Environmental Health and Safety, B.S.

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With an EHS degree, you’ll gain the expertise to protect the environment, prevent injuries, and save lives.

An environmental health and safety (EHS) degree equips you to identify risks and mitigate hazards before they cause damage. Oakland University established one of the nation’s first EHS programs, and we’ve been leaders in the field ever since. Nationally ranked and widely respected, our EHS program is led by pioneering faculty who are pushing the boundaries of EHS. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art labs as an EHS major, developing marketable EHS expertise that’s in extremely high demand. You’ll also gain real-world environmental health and safety experience, completing internships and field placements in Southeast Michigan’s world-class industrial sector. Our EHS majors routinely receive job offers before graduation. There’s no better place to start your EHS career.

EHS Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Global leaders in energy, automotive, refining, health care, and other industries have operations in Southeast Michigan, making this an ideal place to prepare for an EHS career. Oakland University has active partnerships in the industrial and regulatory sectors, enabling you to interact with a community of EHS innovators who are working on next-generation technologies for environmental monitoring, industrial processing, community health research, worker protection, and other aspects of environmental health and safety.

Other unique benefits of our EHS program include:

  • High-impact education. You’ll acquire practical, relevant expertise that makes a real difference. Our EHS graduates solve problems and get results, helping to produce measurable improvements in human well-being and environmental health.
  • Marketable skills. Demand for EHS professionals is rising quickly, and employers view Oakland University as a go-to source for new hires. Our EHS graduates stand out in the job market for their deep subject-matter knowledge and hands-on experience, as well as their maturity, confidence, and professional polish. Students in our EHS program routinely have job offers waiting for them at graduation.
  • Superior facilities and labs. We have sophisticated, high-tech EHS labs in robotics, fire science, occupational safety, and other specialties. You’ll simulate real-life challenges and use the same equipment and protocols you’ll encounter in your EHS career, learning lessons and skills that can’t be taught from a textbook.
  • Professional connections. Our EHS program draws heavily on professional experts from major corporations and government agencies. You’ll interact with them via internships, project-based assignments, and other opportunities, acquiring contacts and guidance that can jump-start your career in environmental health and science.
  • Expert faculty. Oakland University’s EHS faculty include nationally recognized experts with exceptional achievements in research and applied practice. Our small class sizes ensure that you get lots of direct attention from instructors, with plenty of academic support and career guidance.
  • Completion pathways for certificate holders. The EHS program includes distinct pathways to a bachelor’s degree for working adults who hold CSP or MIOSHA Training Institute certification.

EHS Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects above-average job growth for environmental health and safety specialists. Our alumni have a job placement record of close to 100 percent, and our program enables you to advance quickly in your EHS career, with excellent potential to rise into leadership positions.

Oakland University’s environmental health and safety degree prepares you for the full range of  EHS careers. You’ll be qualified to work in fields such as:

  • Health and safety engineering
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Risk management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • EHS management
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Safety administration
  • Consulting
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Project management

EHS  Degree: What You’ll Study

The EHS degree includes required introductory courses in biology, chemistry, statistics, physics, business, psychology, and business writing. Core coursework for the EHS major covers topics such as:

  • EHS training methods
  • Occupational safety and health standards
  • Fire prevention
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Incident investigation
  • Construction safety
  • Robotics and automated systems
  • Ergonomics
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental standards

The program concludes with a internship, field placement, or capstone project. Separate course sequences apply for students who are completing the EHS degree after attaining MIOSHA or CPS certification.

  • My future career:

    Health and Safety Engineer

  • My future career:

    Occupational Health and Safety Technician

  • My future career:

    Occupational Health Specialist

  • My future career:

    Risk Management Specialist

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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

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    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Environmental Safety Specialist
    • Risk Manager