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Sustainability, Health and Safety
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

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Dr. Javid Mohtasham: 503-491-7440 - Room AC 2571

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The Sustainability, Health and Safety program provides students a basic understanding of sustainability, health and safety issues. The technical nature of this field requires basic courses in math and chemistry in order to understand and work more effectively in this field. The program includes lectures, class projects, and an internship. The curriculum would be suitable for high school graduates, people now working in industry in the areas of occupational safety and health, or environmental management, and those with no related job experience wanting to change careers. Persons assigned new duties in this area may find individual courses will fulfill their needs for continuing professional education. Students completing an Associates Degree in the SHS program may transfer to several different four-year schools for the Bachelor of Science degree in different environmental fields. Interested students should contact the program adviser for additional information.

40-Hour HAZWOPER Training: Students who are awarded an AAS Degree in Sustainability Health and Safety will be issued a 40-Hour HAZWOPER certificate.

30-Hour OSHA Certificate: Students who are awarded an AAS degree in Sustainability, Health and Safety will be issued a 30-Hour OSHA certificate for general industry.

What are the Possibilities for Employment?
The Sustainability, Health and Safety program prepares students for well-paid jobs in the growing fields of sustainability, health and safety. Small to large companies have the need for at least one person responsible for sustainability, environmental, health and/or safety issues. Employment in the environmental field include such jobs as program managers, regulatory officers, auditors, field and lab technicians, scientists, researchers, educators and sustainability trainers. Employment in the health and safety field include such jobs as safety technicians, safety officers, accident investigators, industrial hygienists, risk managers, program developers and program managers.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Implement applicable environmental, health and safety regulations and procedures in accordance with the regulatory requirements in 29, 40 and 40CFR
  • Describe steps you would take to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control environmental hazards in the workplace and community
  • Describe steps you would take to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control health and safety hazards in the workplace
  • Explain how to characterize, handle, document and prepare hazardous materials and waste for analysis and shipment
  • Demonstrate how you would conduct an environmental audit
  • Illustrate the basics of the wastewater treatment technology
  • Propose how you would develop a business case on sustainable principles
  • Evaluate the relationship between ecological and economic sustainability and workplace health and safety
  • Show the steps needed to complete an energy audit
  • Distinguish and examine applicable national, state and local energy policies, regulations and procedures
  • Analyze the key features of a building envelope and low energy measures that can reduce energy use

Note: A grade of "C" or better is required for all Sustainability, Health and Safety core courses (SHS and ESR).

First Quarter Credits
SHS100 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety 2
SHS101 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations I 3
CH104 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I1 5
MTH095 Intermediate Algebra with Right-Triangle
Trigonometry or
Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions2
WR121 English Composition 4
Second Quarter
ESR281 Elements of Industrial Hygiene 3
SHS201 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations II 3
BI101 General Biology I: Introduction to Cellular Biology3 4
CH105 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II1 5
GEOG265 Introduction of Geographic Information Systems 3
Third Quarter
ESR285 Safety and Health Standards and Laws 3
SHS171 Environmental Science I: Chemistry of Hazardous Materials 3
BI102 General Biology II: Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics3 4
CH170 Environmental Chemistry 4
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
Fourth Quarter
ESR271 Environmental Science II: Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4
SHS221 Environmental Safety I: Emergency Response Planning 4
SHS225 Human & Environmental Toxicology 3
SHS230 Sustainable Business Practice 3
CS120L Computer Concepts I Lab4, 5 1
Fifth Quarter
ESR231 Energy Management I 3
SHS143 Environmental Science Lab I: EPA Methodology Lab and Sampling 3
SHS222 Environmental Safety II: Environmental Auditing 4
WE280EVD Cooperative Education Internship 6 4
  Human Relations requirement‡ 3
Sixth Quarter
ESR232 Energy Management II 3
SHS243 Environmental Science Lab II: Introduction to Instrumental Analysis 4
WE280EV Cooperative Education Internship 6 4
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 3
Total Credits 101

1 Any two 200 or higher level chemistry courses may be substituted for CH104 and CH105.
2 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
3 Any two 200 level biology courses may be substituted for BI101 and BI102.
4 Higher level Math or Computer Science course may be substituted.
5 This course will be waived for students who have earned BA/BS degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.
6 Any combination of WE280EVA, WE280EVB, WE280EVC or WE280EVD to total 4 credits

‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree, pages 20 of the printed catalog.

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