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EHS Program Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the various classes that comprise the Environmental, Health and Safety degree and certificate programs can be found at the right.

For information regarding the general education courses included in the programs, refer to our college catalog.

These courses have been planned to address the current environmental and safety needs of business, industry and government.

Courses are delivered via the internet and correspondence. This provides students the opportunity to complete assigned coursework during the times that are most convenient to them.

 

HSE210 Contingency Planning & Incident Management

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisite: HSE280
 
This course provides instruction on how to develop an emergency response contingency plan for a facility or community. Students learn that the steps for emergency preparedness include analyzing the hazards, writing and implementing the contingency plans, training employees for an emergency, and evaluating the effectiveness of the contingency plan. Students will develop and implement the “Incident Management System” through both practical and theoretical case scenarios.

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HSE105 Characteristics of Hazardous Materials

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisite: none
 
This course provides instruction on learning how to recognize the physical and chemical characteristics of hazardous materials classes and how chemicals within those classes can harm humans and the environment.

By applying basic chemistry, students will associate chemical names with particular health and safety hazards.  Additionally, students will identify common trade names and/or synonyms for the chemicals.

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HSE280 Hazardous Materials Health Effects

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisites: HSE105
 
This course is a review of the research done to determine the systematic health effects of exposures to chemicals.

Topics covered include determination of risk factors, routes of entry of hazardous materials and their effects on target organs, acute and chronic effects, and control measures.

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HSE285 Industrial Hygiene

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisite: HSE270

The Industrial Hygiene course will give the necessary information to the students to allow them to establish and maintain programs, collect and analyze data to identify problems, and develop methods and procedures to reduce or eliminate illness and incidents.

Examples of topics covered in this course include: basics of toxicology, problems arising from skin contact or inhalation of chemicals in the workplace, the detection and control of airborne contaminates and ventilation, injury from causes such as sound, radiation, heat, biological agents and accidents.

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HSE110 Industrial Processes

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisite: none
 
In this course, the student is provided a non-technical introduction to common general manufacturing processes that involve hazardous materials and wastes, with emphasis on: waste minimization/pollution prevention (P2) strategies, waste treatment methods, and common processes within facilities.

Each student completes a major project in which he/she investigates and reports on a specific industry, especially its basic processes, materials flow, worker health and safety exposures, and waste reduction issues.

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HSE225 Legal Aspects of Occupational Safety and Health

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisite:HSE205 and HSE230
 
This course provides a study of legal implications of legislation as it applies to health and safety in the workplace.

Students concentrate on regulatory, common, and administrative law; mandatory and voluntary compliance; applicable government agencies and their roles; and OSHA regulations. Additionally, students are introduced to the professional code of ethics of a safety person.

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HSE100 Occupational Safety

3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite:  none
 
This course provides an introduction to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations that pertain to protecting workers from exposure to occupational hazards. Students concentrate on researching, interpreting, summarizing, and applying the OSHA regulations.

Students are introduced to a proactive philosophy of company compliance with OSHA regulations, with an emphasis on using specific approaches to providing a safe and healthful work environment. Additionally, through activities and exercises, students are introduced to procedures for conducting a chemical inventory, interpreting Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), developing a written Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) program, and developing an effective HAZCOM training program.

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HSE205 Air and Water Quality

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisite: HSE200
            
This course provides a detailed study of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations pertaining to compliance with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Clean Water Act's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Students learn to support professional personnel responsible for complying with the environmental regulations for air emissions and wastewater, which includes reading, interpreting, and applying sections from the Code of Federal Regulations.

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HSE270 Sampling & Monitoring Procedures

4 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: HSE110

This course introduces the student to a variety of sampling procedures used in industry and emergency response. Topics to be covered include: sampling and monitoring devices, industrial hygiene monitoring, water and waste stream monitoring, outside air sampling, soil sampling, and radiation sampling. Emphasis will be placed on how to collect and preserve representative samples, interpret laboratory results, and comply with relevant federal regulations.

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HSE230 Transportation of Hazardous Materials

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisites: HSE100

This course provides a detailed study of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 100 to 185). Through assigned readings and activities, students study the procedures for preparing hazardous materials packages for transport, reporting an accident, and developing a written training program for HAZMAT employees.

The course includes problems and case studies in which the student identifies and interprets applicable DOT hazardous materials regulations and recommends compliance strategies. Students learn how an environmental health and safety technician may support professional personnel responsible for compliance with the regulations for transportation of hazardous materials. Emphasis is placed on identifying, interpreting, and applying sections from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

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HSE200 Waste and Remediation

3 Credit Hours
 
Prerequisite: none
                                       
This course provides a study of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations pertaining to hazardous waste management, with an emphasis on the requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Students learn the steps in managing hazardous wastes from cradle to grave, which includes reading, interpreting, and applying sections from the Code of Federal Regulations.

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