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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. 

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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. 

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All UHCL undergraduate degree plans in industrial hygiene and safety are endorsed by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. They're also approved by the Institute for Safety and Health Management, and taught by skilled faculty who are fully certified in the field of industrial hygiene and safety. The 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), meeting the qualified credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

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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
  • Summer 2020

    Priority - February 1
    Final (Summer Session I) - June 8
    Final (Summer Session II) - July 13

  • Fall 2020

    Priority - February 1
    Final - August 1

  • Spring 2021

    Priority - September 1
    Final - December 1

  • Transfer Deadlines
  • Summer 2020
    Priority – May 25
    Final (Summer Session I) – June 8
    Final (Summer Session II) – July 13
  • Fall 2020
    Priority - August 1
    Final - August 21
  • Spring 2021
    Priority - January 4
    Final - January 19

Online applications close for transfer students after the Priority Deadline. Students who apply after the priority deadline must submit all required documentation with their paper application to the Office of Admissions and will be processed for late registration.
  • 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

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Accreditations and Distinctions

UHCL is one of only 10 U.S. universities with computing programs accredited under three different curriculum guidelines of ABET. The College of Science and Engineering’s undergraduate degree program in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, while its computer science and computer information systems undergraduate programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate occupational safety and health sub-plans for safety and industrial hygiene are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Our chemistry degree program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

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

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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

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