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Occupational Safety and Health B.S.

Educate Employers on Healthier, Safer Work Practices

Join a dynamic field that makes the workplace a safer place when you become an occupational safety and health specialist. With your Occupational Safety and Health Bachelor of Science from University of Houston-Clear Lake, you'll develop skills to anticipate, recognize and evaluate potential hazards. Through hands-on assignments and real-world experiences, you'll be equipped with the knowledge needed to make the workplace safer for employees as well as the community and environment. Choose between our industrial hygiene and safety specializations to align with your desired career path. 

Safety Specialization

Focuses on anticipation, identification and evaluation of hazardous conditions and practices. Geared more towards engineering and physics aspect of safety, ergonomics and management of occupational safety and health programs and regulations. 

Safety Specialization Degree Plan

Industrial Hygiene Specialization

Involves anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention and control of workplace environmental factors or stresses that may impair health or cause significant discomfort for individuals. Geared more towards assessing workplace stressors.

Industrial Hygiene Specialization Degree Plan

ABET: Applied and Natural Science Accreditation CommissionThe Occupational Safety and Health Program Bachelor’s of Science specializations in Industrial Hygiene and Safety are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Institute of Hazardous Materials ManagementThe undergraduate occupational safety and health degrees are also approved by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, and taught by skilled faculty who are fully certified in the field of industrial hygiene and safety.

BCSP QAP - Qualified Academic ProgramThe Occupational Safety and Health Program, with specializations in industrial hygiene and/or safety, is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Graduates of a QAP are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®), a BCSP-approved credential necessary to apply for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®). It is only available to graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP QAP standards.

Land a Rewarding Career While Fulfilling a Regional Need

With successful completion of your degree, you'll be qualified for a variety of lucrative jobs in the occupational health and safety fields. Most graduates of programs with the industrial hygiene or safety specializations find immediate post-graduate employment with oil and gas companies, OSHA, manufacturers, construction companies or chemical plants. Nationally, the Gulf Coast is a leading employer of health and safety professionals. Equipped with the knowledge and practice you will receive with the Occupational Safety and Health B.S. from UHCL, your professional options include occupational health and industrial specialist, hygienist or researcher.

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Freshman Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority - July 15 
    Final - August 1 

  • Spring

    Priority - November 1
    Final - December 1 

  • Summer

    Priority - March 1
    Final (Summer Session I & II) - May 1 

  • Transfer Deadlines
  • Spring 2022
    Priority - January 4
    Final - January 14
  • Summer 2022
    Priority - May 1
    Final (Summer Session I) - May 25
    Final (Summer Session II) - July 1
  • Fall 2022
    Priority - August 12
    Final - August 17

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

Occupational Safety and Health B.S. Faculty

Magdy Akladios
Magdy Akladios

Magdy Akladios

Department Chair of Physical and Applied Sciences and Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3744
Office: STEM 2005

Magdy Akladios Faculty Bio

Bob Phalen
Robert Phalen

Robert N. Phalen

Associate Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3753
Office: STEM 2208

Robert N. Phalen Faculty Bio