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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 is another 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

See the Otterbein catalog for specific courses and descriptions

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1
  • BIO 1010 w /lab - 4hrs
  • ESCI 1001 - 4hrs
  • FYS (Freshman Year Exp) - 4hrs
  • MATH 1700 (Calculus I) - 4hrs
Total Hours/Semester: 16hrs
  • EHS 1001 - 4hrs
  • ENST 2010 - 4hrs
  • INST (Integrative Studies) - 4hrs
  • MATH 1240 (Statistics) - 4hrs
  • HPES - 1hrs

Total Hours/Semester: 17 hrs

Year 2
  • CHEM 1400/1410
  • Foreign Language
  • PHYS 1100 (Physics I)
  • EHS 2200 & EHS 2250
Total Hours/Semester: 16hrs
  • CHEM 1500/1510
  • Foreign Language
  • PHYS 1200 (Physics II)
  • INST (Integrative Studies)
Total Hours/Semester: 16hrs
Year 3
  • EHS 3200
  • INST (Integrative Studies)
  • ESCI 3000
  • WI (Writing Intensive)
Total Semester Hours: 16 hrs
  • ESCI 3100
  • INST (Integrative Studies)
  • INST (Integrative Studies)
  • ESH 3000 Toxic & IH
Total Semester Hours: 16hrs
Year 4
  • DYAD I
  • Elective
  • Internship/Electives
Total Semester Hours: 13hrs
  • DYAD 2
  • Elective
  • WI (Writing Intensive)
  • SYE (4016 recommended)
Total Semester Hours: 16hrs