2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog

Occupational Safety and Health (AAS-T) Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. 

While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Occupational Safety and Health, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements

Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

3. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: As an occupational safety and health professional, you will often find yourself writing reports, proposals, letters, emails, and presentations. ENGL& 101 will provide the foundational skills of developing these writing skills and transfers to 4-years institutions.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Safety Management

5. Productivity Software

  • Course purpose: Microsoft office is a basic tool that is required by all OSH professionals in nearly all work environments to manage and communicate information and data.

6. Introduction to Statistics

  • Course purpose: OSH professionals need a strong foundation in mathematics so they can interpret quantitative data reported in reports and research papers, and to appropriately convey quantitative data in meetings and documents.


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options. 

7. Incident Investigation

  • Course purpose: This course provides an overview of the theory and purpose of incident investigation, and how to conduct an investigation. Being able to conduct an incident investigation is a key skill for an OSH professional.

8. Chemical Concepts with Lab

9. Technical Writing

10. Handling Hazardous Materials

  • Course purpose: OSH professionals must have a basic understanding of the characteristics of hazardous materials, the impacts of the related hazards, how to prevent or minimize exposure, and what protective measures to take to prevent exposures when handling or exposed to hazardous materials.

11. General Psychology

  • Course purpose: OSH professionals need a basic understanding of human behavior, as they are often asked to carry out activities that require people to make behavior changes.

12. CPR for the Professional Rescuer

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

13. Regulatory Environment

  • Course purpose: An OSH professional needs to have a basic knowledge of different government agencies that have some role in regulating worker health, safety and the environment. This course provides a basic overview of those agencies and what they regulate.

14. Training Techniques

  • Course purpose: As an OSH professional you are frequently required to develop training and present information on how to prevent injuries to employees within an organization. This course provides an overview in the steps necessary to plan, develop and deliver training.

15. Project Management I: Planning

  • Course purpose: Basic knowledge of project management skills and terminology are necessary for an OSH professional, particularly in the implementation of new programs, development of products, or for construction related projects.

16. Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology

17. Risk Management

18. Industrial Hygiene

  • Course purpose: OSH professionals need a strong background in industrial hygiene skills including sampling and monitor techniques, data collection, data interpretation and the limitations and challenges of sampling data.

19. Construction Safety

20. Communications Course Recommendation

Choose one

21. Industrial Security

  • Course purpose: OSH professionals must be aware of security issues within a work environment to control and limit public and employee access workplace hazards, as well as the role of a health and safety in relationship to workplace violence.

22. Ergonomics

  • Course purpose: OSH professionals must be familiar with what different types of ergonomic hazards are, how they can cause injuries, and methods and techniques that can be used to prevent them.

23. Human Relations in the Workplace

24. Occupational Safety and Health Course Recommendation

Choose at least one.

25. OSH Internship

  • Course purpose: The internship provides students an opportunity to observe how health and safety practices are applied in a real work setting and apply the OSH skills and technical knowledge they have learned in their OSH courses.

Total Credits: 99-103

Program Code: 844