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Programs in Occupational Safety & Health Management

B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health Management

The Occupational Safety and Health Management curriculum is designed to fulfill the undergraduate educational requirements of those wishing to enter the professional safety field. Considerable federal and state legislation enacted during the past half century has firmly established safety as a fundamental goal for improving the quality of work life in this country. These laws are extensive and profoundly affect every element of our society. The demand for competent, fully qualified safety professionals to assume positions within government, industry, and community agencies is increasing.

Grand Valley’s B.S in Occupational Safety and Health Management degree is structured to provide students with the proper balance of safety management and scientific training required in the field. The program prepares graduates for careers in both the private and public sectors.

The B.S. in occupational safety and health management degree is a secondary admission program. Because many of the occupational safety and health courses serve students in other majors or minors (as elective credit) students wishing to take particular OSH courses should seek instructor approval. The following courses are not open to non-OSH majors: OSH 390, OSH 416, OSH 440, OSH 490, or OSH 495.

Admission to major standing in the OSHM program requires approval of a secondary application. Applicants must meet at least the following: 

  • GPA of 2.3 or above in the OSHM fundamentals courses listed below;
  • Completion of each course in the OSHM fundamentals with a grade of C (2.0) or above with not more than one repeat. 

Requirements for a Major in Occupational Safety and Health Management

Students planning to major in occupational safety and health management degree must complete the following requirements:

1. General University Degree Requirements

As identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. Note that some of the OSHM fundamentals courses listed as follows meet these requirements.

2. OSHM Fundamentals

Admission to major standing in the OSHM program requires approval of a secondary application. Applicants must meet at least the following:

  • GPA of 2.3 or above in the OSHM fundamentals courses listed below;
  • Completion of each course in the OSHM fundamentals with a grade of C (2.0) or above with not more than one repeat.

The OSHM Fundamentals Courses, 33-38 credits, are as follows.

4. OSHM Electives

In addition to the preceding, students must take nine hours of electives from the following list.


Minor: Occupational Safety and Health

A minor in occupational safety and health consists of 21 credits chosen with the consent of the OSH Advisor.

Note: Because many of the occupational safety and health courses serve students in other majors or minors (as elective credit) students wishing to take particular OSH courses should seek instructor approval. The following courses are not open to non-OSH majors: OSH 416, OSH 490, or OSH 495.