B.S. in Environmental Health & Safety

Otterbein’s environmental health and safety (EHS) major prepares students for the challenges of a career that emphasizes workplace safety and environmental stewardship. Our EHS major combines approaches to workplace health and safety with environmental compliance and risk management in a curriculum which our industry advisors recognize as unique for a Bachelor of Science degree. Students receive training to form a complimentary blend of health, safety and environmental risk management skills demanded by industry.

*The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health & Safety is not an engineering degree.

Why EHS?

EHS is recognized as one of the strongest current job growth fields and is projected to remain strong into the future. Who hires EHS specialists? Below is a partial list of industries and institutions that regularly hire EHS personnel:

  • Cities and municipalities
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Auto manufacturing
  • Petroleum industries
  • Mining industries
  • Educational institutions
  • Transportation companies
  • State and federal transportation departments
  • Shipping and warehousing companies
  • General manufacturing businesses
  • Banking and insurance companies

Why EHS at Otterbein?

Otterbein has a rich tradition in the liberal arts curriculum and our diverse learning format, the Integrative Studies program, provides an opportunity for students to understand and appreciate issues from a broader human perspective. This unique approach to general education provides a rich perspective to the human condition that enables Otterbein students the ability to recognize, dissect and work with complex problems. Employers recognize this skill as important to being well prepared in discipline specific training.

Otterbein is located in Westerville, Ohio, which is another one of our strengths. We are minutes away from Ohio’s largest city and the 15th largest city in the US, Columbus. The metropolitan Columbus area affords many opportunities for students to engage internships and identify prospective research with the areas many industries and institutions.

Four Year Curriculum Outline

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 FYS – 3hrs
Math 1240 – 3hrs
Elective – 3hrs
BIO 1010* w/ lab – 4hrs
ESCI 1001 w/ lab – 4hrs
Total: 17 hours
INST 1500 – 3hrs
Disciplinary Skills Gen Ed – 3hrs
INST 2000 – 3hrs
EHS 1001 – 3hrs
Elective – 3hrs
Total: 15 hours
Year 2 INST 2200 – 3hrs
EHS 2200 – 2hrs
CHEM 1400/1410 – 4hrs
PHYS 1100* Physics I – 4hrs
Lifestyle Fitness Wellness – 1hrs
Total: 14 hours
MATH 1700 – 4hrs
Elective – 3hrs
CHEM 1400/1410 – 4hrs
PHYS 1200 Physics II – 4hrs
EHS 2250 – 2hrs
Total: 17 hours
Year 3 INST 2400 – 3hrs
ENST 2010* – 4hrs
EHS 3200 – 3hrs
ESCI 3100 w/ lab – 4hrs
EHS Elective – (1-3)hrs
Total: 15-17 hours
INST 2600 – 3hrs
EHS 3000 – 3hrs
EHS Elective – 3hrs
Electives – 6hrs
Total: 16 hours
Year 4 SYE – 3hrs
INST 2800 – 3hrs
ESCI 3000 w/ lab – 4hrs
Elective/Internship – (3-6)hrs
Total: 13-15 hours
INST 3000 – 3hrs
Electives/Internship – 12hrs
Total: 15 hours
*Fulfills disciplinary skills requirement (two required)

Total Hours = 120

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
Students will acquire a deep knowledge of, and appreciation for, their chosen major(s) as well as a solid grounding in a broad range of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences. Knowledgeable
Students will develop and demonstrate a range of intellectual and practical skills, including written and oral communication skills; research skills; quantitative, technological, visual, and information literacies. Multi-literate
Students will become intellectually, aesthetically, and civically engaged. As intellectually engaged people, they will integrate, synthesize, critically reflect upon, and evaluate what they know. As esthetically engaged people, they will value and practice the art of imagination and creative expression. As civically engaged people, they will be prepared to confront, act upon, and lead collaborative responses to increasingly complex challenges in diverse local, national, and global communities. Engaged
Students will make choices that promote their own well-being and that of others. Encouraged to grapple with diverse value systems, they will move toward ethical commitments that reflect a sense of agency, honesty, and fairness. Responsible
Students will know how to learn. As confident life-long learners, they will be curious and eager to discover more about themselves and the natural, cultural, and social worlds. Inquisitive

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.