Bakersfield College

Occupational Safety and Risk Management

Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Business Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Business 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 Business. 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, Business will be equipped to pursue careers as safety professionals in general industry, business, human resources, and insurance. 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.

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.
  • demonstrate ability to design and provide appropriate safety education and training.
  • 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, Business Associate of Science Degree.

Total Units: 44

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
or
MATH B23 Finite Mathematics 4.0
BSAD B1 Financial Accounting 4.0
BSAD B20 Introduction to Business 3.0
BSAD B61 Human Resource Management 3.0
PHSC B12 Physical Science 4.0
SPAN B1 Elementary Spanish I 4.0

Recommended Sequence

Semester 1 (16 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
or
MATH B23 Finite Mathematics 4.0
BSAD B20 Introduction to Business 3.0
INDT B10 Occupational Readiness 3.0

Semester 2 (16 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B12 Occupational Health 3.0
OSRM B16 Managing Employee Safety and Health 3.0
BSAD B1 Financial Accounting 4.0
BSAD B61 Human Resource Management 3.0
ENGL B1a Expository Composition 3.0

Semester 3 (14 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B26 Risk Management 3.0
BIOL B18 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
PHED B36 First Aid and CPR 3.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
or
COMM B4 Persuasive Communication 3.0
or
COMM B8 Small Group Communication 3.0
GE Area E Physical Education 1.0

Semester 4 (14 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B20 Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials 3.0
PHSC B12 Physical Science 4.0
SPAN B1 Elementary Spanish I 4.0
POLS B12 Contemporary Issues in California State and Local Government 3.0
or
HIST B18 History of California 3.0
or
GE Select a course from GE Area D.3 3.0
Category Units
Units in Major 44
Degree Total 60