Bakersfield College

Occupational Safety and Risk Management

Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Agriculture Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Agriculture provides broad based professional preparation in the field of occupational safety and risk management. Safety professionals strive to protect people, property, and the environment using hazard identification and risk control techniques, working to balance safety and compliance with production and profit. The curriculum uses scientific foundations and regulatory frameworks and includes courses in occupational safety, occupational health, risk management, and environmental health. Additional courses, paired with the core courses, provide for a cohesive area of emphasis in Agriculture. Students are academically prepared to make contributions to society by anticipating, evaluating, and controlling occupational and environmental hazards and risks.

Students who earn an AS in Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Agriculture will be equipped to pursue careers as safety professionals in all sectors of agriculture from farm to processing, including government agencies. The degree also satisfies the educational requirement for pursuing the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation, which is the highest level of certification for safety professionals offered through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Obtaining the CSP designation increases salary and career opportunity.

This degree is based upon Bakersfield College general education requirements and does not meet all CSU transfer requirements. Therefore, students desiring transfer to CSU may need additional coursework or should pursue the Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Environmental Resources degree/pathway.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate competency in risk assessment and the measurement, analysis, and interpretation of health and safety data.
  • be able to design and provide appropriate safety education and training.
  • be able to design and apply appropriate risk control methods, procedures, and programs incorporating current regulations and utilizing appropriate technology.
  • demonstrate knowledge of contemporary occupational safety and risk management issues within the local, regional and societal context and apply the applicable regulatory framework.

To Achieve the Associate of Science Degree

Upon completion of graduation requirements and the required degree courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Agriculture Associate of Science Degree.

Total Units: 46

Required Core Courses

Course # Name Units
OSRM B10 Occupational Safety 3.0
OSRM B12 Occupational Health 3.0
OSRM B16 Managing Employee Safety and Health 3.0
OSRM B18 Occupational Regulations and Regulators 3.0
OSRM B20 Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials 3.0
OSRM B26 Risk Management 3.0
BIOL B18 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
PHSC B12 Physical Science 4.0
AGRI B1 Agriculture, Environment, and Society 3.0
CRPS B3 Integrated Pest Management 3.0
MCAG B4 Agriculture Safety 3.0
SPAN B1 Elementary Spanish I 4.0

Choose one course (3 units)

Course # Name Units
CRPS B1 Principles of Crop Production 3.0
ANSC B1 Introduction to Animal Science 3.0
SOIL B1 Introduction to Soil Science 3.0

Recommended Sequence

Semester 1 (17 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B10 Occupational Safety 3.0
OSRM B18 Occupational Regulations and Regulators 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
BIOL B18 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
AGRI B1 Agriculture, Environment, and Society 3.0

Semester 2 (16 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B12 Occupational Health 3.0
OSRM B16 Managing Employee Safety and Health 3.0
ENG B1a Expository Composition 3.0
CRPS B1 Principles of Crop Production 3.0
or
ANSC B1 Introduction to Animal Science 3.0
or
SOIL B1 Introduction to Soil Science 3.0
PHSC B12 Physical Science 4.0
AGRI B1 Agriculture, Environment, and Society 3.0
CRPS B3 Integrated Pest Management 3.0

Semester 3 (15 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B26 Risk Management 3.0
COMM B8 Small Group Communication 4.0
CRPS B3 Integrated Pest Management 3.0
HIST B18 History of California 3.0
COMM B5 Rhetoric and Argumentation 3.0

Semester 4 (14 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B20 Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials 3.0
MCAG B4 Agriculture Safety 3.0
SPAN B1 Elementary Spanish I 4.0
PHED B36 First Aid and CPR 3.0
GE Area E Physical Education 1.0
Category Units
Units in Major 46
Degree Total 62