Bakersfield College

Occupational Safety and Risk Management

Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Health Science Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Health Science provides broad based professional preparation in the field of occupational safety and risk management. Safety professionals strive to protect people, property, and profits 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 Health Science. 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, Health Science will be equipped to pursue careers as safety professionals with a scope including public health and wellness. 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 or the Public Health Sciences Associate Degree for Transfer (AST).

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 the 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, Health Science Associate of Science Degree.

Total Units: 49

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
BIOL B18 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
PHSC B12 Physical Science 4.0
PHED B36 First Aid and CPR 3.0
PBHS B20 Introduction to Public Health 3.0
PHED B42 Introduction to Kinesiology 3.0
MEDS B60 Medical Terminology 3.0
SPAN B1 Elementary Spanish I 4.0

Choose two course (6 units)

Course # Name Units
PBHS B22 Drugs, Health, Society 3.0
PBHS B23 Health and Social Justice 3.0
OSRM B26 Risk Management 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
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
PBHS B20 Introduction to Public Health 3.0
PHED B42 Introduction to Kinesiology 3.0
GE Area E Physical Education 1.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
or
COMM B8 Small Group Communication 3.0

Semester 3 (13 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B26 Risk Managmen 3.0
or
PBHS B22 Drugs, Health, and Societ 3.0
or
PBHS B23 Health and Social Justic 3.0
PHSC B12 Physical Scienc 4.0
ENGL B1A Expository Compositio 3.0

Semester 4 (16 units)

Course # Name Units
OSRM B20 Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials 3.0
MEDS B60 Medical Terminology 3.0
PHED B36 First Aid and CPR 3.0
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
Category Units
Units in Major 49
Degree Total 62