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Plans of Study 2014-2015

 

Environmental, Science, Safety and Health technicians work in a wide variety of positions for environmental engineering consulting firms, environmental laboratories, wastewater and water treatment facilities, lead and asbestos abatement contractors, manufacturing facilities, governmental agencies, and other organizations requiring individuals to work in environmental or safety-related positions. The demand for technicians capable of performing tasks such as sample collection, monitoring, data management, and instrumentation calibration, operation, and maintenance continues to increase. According to recent surveys and job placement rates, the job market for environmental and safety technicians in central Ohio is very strong.

Columbus State’s Associate Degree Program in Environmental Science, Safety and Health has a diverse curriculum, which includes many basic science courses, as well as courses offered by other technologies. This curriculum provides students with a strong foundation of technical skills necessary for careers in the environmental industry or in occupational safety and health. An optional field experience program also offers students hands-on experience in a real work setting.

In addition to providing environmental technicians with entry-level training, the program provides opportunities for individuals seeking career changes, continuing education, and skills enhancement.

The Water/Wastewater Technology Certificate is designed to serve the educational needs of employees that work in water and/or wastewater treatment, such as those employed with municipalities or industry. This certificate will also provide a strong educational foundation for those students who have an interest in entering an occupation in water or wastewater treatment. Individuals who complete the coursework in this program will be much better prepared to take the state water or wastewater treatment operator exams. Most courses in this certificate will also apply towards the Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Science, Safety and Health or Civil Engineering Technology.

The Occupational Health and Safety Certificate is designed to provide basic supervisory and regulatory skills to those who have, or may wish to have, a job responsible for the health and safety of the employees in the workplace. This certificate is set up primarily for those who already have a college degree, but are seeking additional training in this area.

The Sustainable Building Certificate is designed to provide information on sustainable design and construction to students of the Construction Sciences/Engineering Technologies Department, and to provide a training opportunity for current professionals, e.g., architects, building managers, construction managers, and others.

For additional information on the Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Operations Certificate, or other OSHA training opportunities, contact the Environmental Science, Safety and Health program coordinator.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Environmental Science, Safety and Health, the graduate will be able to:

  • Collect air, water, waste, and soil samples for routine monitoring as required by regulatory agencies and for operational control of remediation or treatment systems.
  • Conduct field investigations using environmental instrumentation.
  • Assist in the operation and maintenance of systems used to control pollution, remediate contaminated materials, or treat water as required by environmental laws.
  • Perform duties related to the management, treatment, storage, disposal, and emergency response to spills of hazardous materials and toxic substances in accordance with the EPA, OSHA and DOT.
  • Collect and compile data necessary for an environmental site assessment.
  • Utilize basic concepts of geology, hydrology, chemistry, and biology in the investigation of the occurrence, transport and remediation of environmental contaminants.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of solid and hazardous waste management practices, including being able to evaluate hazardous waste data to provide information for compliance with environmental standards.
  • Describe components of risk assessment and toxic substances exposure analysis.
  • Identify duties requiring knowledge of safety regulations in the workplace and at construction sites.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the regulatory aspects of industrial hygiene.

Environmental Science, Safety and Health Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 4
. or .
MATH 1148 College Algebra  4
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I 4
. or .
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I  4
ESSH 1101 Introduction to Environmental Science, Safety & Health  3
ESSH 1130 Environmental Laws & Regulations  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18
COURSE . CR
Semester 2 . .
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science 4
. or .
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology  4
ESSH 2120 Environmental Aspects of Soils  3
ESSH 1580 Environmental Site Assessment  2
ESSH 1140 Industrial/Municipal Pollution Control  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Summer Semester . .
ESSH 2520 Health & Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Operation 2
ESSH 2220 Drinking Water Treatment 2
. or .
ESSH 2230 Wastewater Treatment (Autumn Semester only) 2
ITST 1101 Computer Applications in CSET I or  2
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
COMM 2204 Technical Writing  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9-10
Semester 3 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list  3
ESSH 2111 Hazardous Materials Management  3
ESSH 2240 Environmental Hydrology  3
ESSH 2500 Environmental Sampling  3
CMGT 1135 Safety & Loss Prevention  2
ESSH 1650 OSHA 30-Hr Construction Safety & Health 2
. or .
ESSH 1700 OSHA 30-Hr General Industry Safety & Health  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 4 . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list  3
ESSH 2400 Environmental Analytical Methods  2
ESSH 2530 Applied Environmental Engineering  2
ESSH 2550 Air Pollution & Monitoring  3
XXX XXXX Technical Elective  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 72-73

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

ARCH 1110 Basic Manual Drafting  1
ARCH 1112 Basic CAD Drafting  1
ESSH 2283 Ecological Residential Construction  2
ESSH 2440 Environmental Chemistry  3
ESSH 2540 Environmental Restoration  3
ESSH 2560 Hazardous Materials Refresher Training  0.5
ESSH 2282 Sustainable Building Strategies  2
ESSH 2900 ESSH Field Experience  2
ESSH 2994 Special Topics: ESSH  1-4
ESSH 2750 Industrial Hygiene  3
SURV 1410 Basic Surveying  3
CIVL 2210 Principles of Hydraulics  3
CIVL 2230 Public Utility Systems  3
GIS 1100 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  3

SBS
GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT                                
(SELECT ONE)  GEOG 2400 or ECON 2200 PREFERRED

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3

HUM
GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT                                                         
(SELECT ONE)  ARCH 2100 or HIST 1152 PREFERRED

ARCH 2100 History of Architecture  3
HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African-American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African-American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

Health and Safety for Hazardous Waste Operations Certificate (40-Hour HAZWOPER)

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ESSH 2520 Health & Safety Training for Hazardous Operations  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 2
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 2

Occupational Health and Safety Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ESSH 1101 Introduction to ESSH  3
ESSH 1700 OSHA 30-Hr General Industry Safety & Health  2
ESSH 2111 Hazardous Materials Management  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
Semester 2 . .
CMGT 1135 Safety & Loss Prevention  2
ESSH 1650 OSHA 30-Hr Construction Safety & Health  2
ESSH 2750 Industrial Hygiene  3
ESSH 2520 Health & Safety Training for Haz. Waste Operations  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 17

Sustainable Building Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ESSH 2282 Sustainable Building Strategies  2
CMGT 2282 Sustainable Construction  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 4
Semester 2 . .
ARCH 2282 Sustainable Design  2
ARCH 2283 Sustainable Energy  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 4
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 8

Water/Wastewater Technology Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ESSH 1101 Introduction to ESSH  3
ESSH 2240 Environmental Hydrology  3
CHEM 0100 Introduction to Chemistry  4
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
MATH 1020 Beginning Algebra I  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 2 . .
CIVL 2210 Principles of Hydraulics  3
ESSH 1140 Industrial/Municipal Pollution  3
ESSH 1650 OSHA 30-Hr Construction Safety & Health 2
. or .
ESSH 1700 OSHA 30-Hr General Industry Safety & Health 2
. or .
ESSH 2230 Wastewater Treatment  2
ESSH 2520 Health & Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Operations  2
ESSH 2530 Applied Environmental Engineering  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 3 . .
ESSH 2220 Drinking Water Treatment  2
CIVL 2230 Public Utility Systems  3
ITST 1101 Computer Applications in Construction/Eng Tech I 2
. or .
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 7-8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 35-36