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Online Bachelor's Degree: Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety
Bachelor of Science
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Learn how to implement and monitor health, compliance, occupational safety, and environmental safety activities to protect workers and communities with an online bachelor’s degree in environmental health and safety from University of Maryland Global Campus. Learn from experienced faculty members who are dedicated to bringing their practical expertise to the classroom to help you expand your knowledge base. Earn your degree fully online and save time and money with our generous transfer credit policy. Why wait? Take the first step and apply today! 

Demonstrate Your Understanding of Environmental Industry Best Practices 

Our online program integrates a rigorous set of valuable learning experiences, designed to help you build a career-focused e-portfolio demonstrating your knowledge and technical communication skills. The program curriculum leads to a capstone course in which you will develop an organizational research project pre-proposal, review current research and industry best practices, conduct initial qualitative and quantitative research about workers’ experiences, and author an organizational research project plan report to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your technical knowledge.

Here are a few benefits of this online degree program: 

  • The program holds respected industry recognitions from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).
  • The curriculum covers a deep range of topics, including environmental safety regulations, incident response, fire prevention, safety and security management, environmental technology, pollution control, and more.
  • We offer competitive tuition rates for Maryland residents, as well as discounts for military servicemembers and their spouses and dependents.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Develop In-Demand Workplace Health & Safety Knowledge

Build a dynamic range of skills in our online program. Our curriculum is designed to help you gain well-rounded skills in problem-solving and critical thinking. In addition, you’ll develop industry-specific competencies in investigation, inspection, and auditing; evidence-based practice; worker training and development; and project and change management.

Our program directors refresh and update the curriculum regularly with a focus on helping students achieve the following:

Qualified Academic Program (QAP)

The Bachelor of Science in environmental health and safety is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), meeting the qualified credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. Graduates of the degree program are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation, an entry-level professional credential that can be used to apply for the CSP once graduates meet the other requirements.

Student Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (ST/CHMM)

The Bachelor of Science in environmental health and safety has an approved curriculum for the Student Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (ST/CHMM) credential from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). You can apply for the ST/CHMM while pursuing your undergraduate studies.

Unlock Your Career Potential

This online environmental health and safety degree is designed to help prepare you for a career in environmental or occupational safety. Potential job titles include occupational health and safety specialist, environmental health and safety coordinator, safety compliance officer, risk management safety analyst, and field/site safety representative.

Tons of Hazardous Waste
Large quantity hazardous waste generators in the United States reported generating 34.9 million tons of hazardous waste in 2019.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | "An Overview of Hazardous Waste Generation" | April 18, 2021
Employment Increase
Employment for occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2022 to 2032—much faster than the average for all occupations. 
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook | Last Reviewed: April 15, 2024
Retiring Professionals
More than half of safety professionals are approaching retirement age, highlighting the need for qualified environmental health and safety professionals.
Source: American Society of Safety Professionals | Why Choose a Career in Safety? | Last Reviewed: April 15, 2024

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Courses

Throughout the program, your instructors will assign coursework that may help you prioritize real-world skills and well-rounded experience. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following course projects:

  • Analyze an incident investigation report to synthesize data from a workplace incident and prioritize control or mitigation methods.
  • Interpret inspection and audit data to evaluate occupational safety, the factors affecting performance, and areas for improvement.
  • Select exposure standards to evaluate hazards and risk factors within the occupational environment.
  • Develop a worker training program based on a gap and needs analysis to assess worker competency and learning transfer after training.
  • Construct a continuing professional development plan to ensure currency and capability in professional practice.

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