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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
  • FYS - 3hrs
  • Math 1240 - 3hrs
  • Elective - 3hrs
  • BIO 1010* w/ lab - 4hrs
  • ESCI 1001 w/ lab - 4hrs
Total Hours/Semester: 17hrs
  • INST 1500 - 3hrs
  • Disciplinary Skills Gen Ed - 3hrs
  • INST 2000 - 3hrs
  • EHS 1001 - 3hrs
  • Elective - 3hrs

Total Hours/Semester: 15 hrs

Year 2
  • INST 2200 - 3hrs
  • EHS 2200 - 2hrs
  • CHEM 1400/1410 - 4hrs
  • PHYS 1100* Physics I - 4hrs
  • Lifestyle Fitness Wellness - 1hr
Total Hours/Semester: 14hrs
  • MATH 1700 - 4hrs
  • Elective - 3hrs
  • CHEM 1400/1410 - 4hrs
  • PHYS 1200 Physics II - 4hrs
  • EHS 2250 - 2hrs
Total Hours/Semester: 17hrs
Year 3
  • INST 2400 - 3hrs
  • ENST 2010* - 4hrs
  • EHS 3200 - 3hrs
  • ESCI 3100 w/ lab - 4hrs
  • EHS Elective - (1-3)hrs
Total Semester Hours: 15-17hrs
  • INST 2600 - 3hrs
  • EHS 3000 - 3hrs
  • EHS Elective - 3hrs
  • Electives - 6hrs
Total Semester Hours: 15hrs
Year 4
  • SYE - 3hrs
  • INST 2800 - 3hrs
  • ESCI 3000 w/ lab - 4hrs
  • Elective/Internship - (3-6)hrs
Total Semester Hours: 13-15hrs
  • INST 3000 - 3hrs
  • Electives/Internship - 12hrs
Total Semester Hours: 15hrs
*Fulfills disciplinary skills requirement (two required)
Total credit hours: 120-125