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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Occupational Safety and Health M.S.

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The graduate plan in Occupational Safety and Health leads to the master of science (M.S.) degree. The plan seeks, through an interdisciplinary and applied science approach, to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector. Graduates of the plan will also be prepared to pursue further academic training in occupational safety and industrial hygiene. Students must specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Safety and Health (Online)
  • Process Safety Management
  • Safety

All graduate students are required to produce a major paper and present a public seminar. Prior to enrolling in OSHE 5530, students must have a faculty adviser and an approved research topic.  Following completion of OSHE 5530, the student will be advised into OSHE 6731 (seminar) or OSHE 6838 (research project) or OSHE 6939 (thesis).

Students pursuing the seminar or research project options may be advised to complete hours in independent study or internship in addition to OSHE 6731 or OSHE 6838. Before enrolling in thesis, students must have a faculty thesis adviser and an approved research proposal.

Degree Requirements

Occupational Safety and Health Basic Requirements

Students seeking a master’s degree must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college and foundation course work preparation appropriate to the major. Candidates should have a "B" average (GPA) 3.0 on the last 60 hours of credit. All students applying for the graduate program are required to provide GRE scores, however, exceptions are provided. The college’s admissions committee will evaluate GRE scores according to the requirements below.

GRE Requirements for Admission:

  • Recommended GRE Quantitative ≥ 150 and GRE Total ≥ 290
  • GRE requirement will be waived if the at least one of the following conditions is met:
    • The applicant has a GPA of 3.5 or above.
    • The applicant received his/her baccalaureate degree from an ABET‐accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • The applicant has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least two years of full-time professional experience in occupational safety and health or a related field. (A resume and one recommendation letter from a supervisor or an employment verification letter is needed to verify the work experience).
    • The applicant has another master’s degree or doctorate from a regionally accredited university.

The current university policy applies to admissions for international students requiring proof of English language proficiency.

Students are encouraged to submit a written statement to the College of Science and Engineering Academic Advising Office (cseadvising@uhcl.edu) specifying their educational goals and objectives as well as their intended area of specialization, i.e., Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health (Online), Process Safety Management or Safety. Applicants are also encouraged to submit letter(s) of recommendation as supporting documents.

Required Foundation Courses

Required foundation courses for admission into the program do not count toward the degree. The following foundation courses must be completed prior to admission into the graduate plan:

  • College Algebra or Pre-Calculus
  • General Chemistry I and II with labs
  • General Physics I and II with labs

The following foundation course must be completed prior to or within the first year of study:

  • Organic Chemistry I

The master’s degree requires completion of a minimum of 36 hours.

Occupational Safety and Health Thesis Option (36 hours)
Designated electives 24 hours (maximum of 6 hours of 4000-level credit) and 6 hours of thesis.  Online students are not eligible for the thesis option.
OSHE 5135 Statistical Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5530 Research Methods: Occupational Safety and Health
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Credit Hours: 3
STAT 5135 Applied Statistical Methods
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  •  Students select between OSHE 5135 or STAT 5135
  • Specialization electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser.
Occupational Safety and Health Capstone Option (36 hours)
Designated electives 27 hours (maximum of 6 hours of 4000-level credit)
OSHE 5135 Statistical Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5530 Research Methods: Occupational Safety and Health
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6731 Graduate Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6838 Research Project
Credit Hours: 3
EDUC 6032 Applied Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
STAT 5135 Applied Statistical Methods
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Students select between OSHE 5135 or STAT 5135 or EDUC 6032 (for online students)
  • In consultation with faculty adviser, students select between OSHE 6731 or OSHE 6838.
  • Specialization electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser.

 Occupational Safety and Health Specializations

Industrial Hygiene Specialization Electives
ENSC 5332 Toxicology
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 4411 Noise and Hearing Conservation
Credit Hours: 4
OSHE 4413 Industrial Ventilation
Credit Hours: 4
OSHE 5131 Control of Occupational and Environmental Hazards
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5233 Recognition of Occupational Diseases
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5234 Hazardous Materials Management
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5333 Air Pollution
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5335 Ergonomic Methods and Analysis Techniques
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5431 Practicum in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6135 Radiation Protection
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6332 Safety Engineering
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Courses must be approved in advance by the faculty adviser.
  • A maximum of 3 hours of environmental management (ENVR) or environmental science (ENSC) courses may be included.
Occupational Safety and Health Online Course Electives (27 hours)
CHEM 5535 Sampling & Analysis of Environmental Contaminants
Credit Hours: 3
ENSC 5332 Toxicology
Credit Hours: 3
ENVR 5332 Environmental Law
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 4316 System Safety and Accident Investigation
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5131 Control of Occupational and Environmental Hazards
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5233 Recognition of Occupational Diseases
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5333 Air Pollution
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5334 Human Factors Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5336 Safety, Health and Environmental Issues
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser. Other online electives may be taken after approval of faculty adviser
  • A maximum of 6 hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.
Process Safety Management Specialization Electives
CHEM 5132 Principles of Chemical Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
ENVR 5134 Oil & Hazardous Materials Spills
Credit Hours: 3
ENSC 5333 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 4334 Chemical Processing and Petroleum Refining
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 4335 Process Safety and Chemical Risk Management
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5131 Control of Occupational and Environmental Hazards
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5234 Hazardous Materials Management
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5235 Fire Safety Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5236 Advanced Process Hazard Analysis and Consequence Assessment
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5333 Air Pollution
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5334 Human Factors Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5431 Practicum in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6332 Safety Engineering
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • The following seven courses are required for the specialization: OSHE 4334, 4335, 5234, 5235, 5236, 5333 and 6332.
  • Additional elective courses must be approved in advance by the faculty adviser from the list of electives.
  • A maximum of six hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.
Safety Specialization Electives
OSHE 4316 System Safety and Accident Investigation
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 4333 Construction and General Industry Safety
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5131 Control of Occupational and Environmental Hazards
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5233 Recognition of Occupational Diseases
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5234 Hazardous Materials Management
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5235 Fire Safety Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5334 Human Factors Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5335 Ergonomic Methods and Analysis Techniques
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5431 Practicum in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6332 Safety Engineering
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Courses must be approved in advance by the faculty adviser.
  • A maximum of six hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.