Pre-Environmental Health and Safety A.S.

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Pre-Environmental Health and Safety A.S.

Department: Science

Total Credit Hours: 79 credits

What Is Pre-Environmental Health and Safety A.S.?

Environmental health and safety professionals protect people as well as the environment by helping companies develop and implement sustainability plans, advocating for worker’s safety and more.

Students who earn this degree at SCC and qualify for admission to Missouri Southern State University’s Bachelor of Science Degree program in environmental health can take advantage of a seamless transfer process. The four-year degree is one of only 30 environmental health degrees in the United States accredited by the National Environmental Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). MSSU’s bachelor’s degree is offered on campus or online (facilitated by an SCC faculty member), so our students have the opportunity to complete the entire program without ever leaving SCC.

Students who graduate from Missouri Southern State University’s Environmental Health and Safety program have a 97 percent job placement rate.

Occupational Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental health-related careers will more than 19 percent over the next 10 years.

Salary Outlook

In Missouri, employees working as environmental scientists and specialists, including health, earn a mean average of $49,060 depending on education, experience and employer. Environmental science and protection technicians, including health, earn a mean average of $38,760 in Missouri.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pre-Environmental Health and Safety Careers

Graduates with a degree in pre-environmental health and safety are employed in careers such as air pollution specialist, drinking and ground water specialist, emergency management specialist, environmental specialist, environmental scientist, epidemiologist, food safety expert, hazardous and solid waste specialist, industrial hygienist, occupational safety expert, surface water specialist, toxicologist and water pollution specialist.

Required Courses

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Complete specific program requirements as listed below.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at SCC.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
SubjectCourse TitleCredits
General Education Requirements (79 credits)
Mathematics MAT 158/MAT 162 College Algebra - Gen Ed or STEM *lowest level of math required, calculus recommended by MSSU 4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
COM 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science I HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History since 1877 or
POL 101 American Government 3
Social Science II
Select two courses with different prefixes
ANT 105 or Intro to Biological Anthropology or 6
ECO 100 or Survey Economics or
ECO 110 or Principles of Macroeconomics or
ECO 120 or Principles of Microeconomics or
SOC 101 or Intro to Sociology or
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology
Humanities I ART 1001 or Art Appreciation or 3
MUS 111 or Music Appreciation or
THE 122 Intro to Theater
Humanities II LIT 210 or American Literature From 1620-1865 or 3
LIT 220 or American Literature From 1865-present or
LIT 250 or English Literature Before 1800 or
LIT 260 or English Literature After 1800 or
LIT 272 or World Literature - Ancient World Through the Renaissance or
LIT 273 or World Literature - Enlightenment to 20th Century or
PHL 101 or Intro to Philosophy
PHL 160 Ethics
Biology BIO 110/113 or Human Biology or 4-5
BIO 105/106 or Essentials of Biology or
BIO 150 or General Biology or
BIO 250A/BIO 250B or Essentials of Biology or
Science BIO 246 Microbiology 4
CHM 115 General Chemistry I 5
CHM 116 General Chemistry II 5
CHM 240/CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I 5
PHY 150/PHY 153 General Physics I 4
Health and Wellness* PHE 106 Personal Wellness 2
International Studies* GLC 215 or Intercultural Communication or 3
HIS 145 or Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Heritage
HIS 146 or Western Civilizations, Modern European Heritage
GEO 100 or Principles of Geography or
BUS 255 or International Business or
Any Foreign Language
Electives** BIO 122*** or Enviromental Science or 16
BIO 151A/BIO 151B or Anatomy and Physiology II or
BIO 242 or Anatomy and Physiology Supplement or
BIO 265 or Pathophysiology or
BIO 280 or Nutrition Pathways or
BUS 101 or Intro to Business or
BUS 115 or Intro to Public Relations or
CHM 222 or Quantitative Analysis or
BUS 241 or Organic Chemistry II or
GEO 120 or Introduction to GIS or
GEO 225 or Advanced GIS or
MAT 175 or Introductory Statistics or
PHY 105/PHY 107 or Environmental Geology or
PHY 151/PHY 154 or General Physics II or
COM 225 or Professional Communication or
Any Foreign Language
Total Required Hours: 79-80 credits

* Required by MSSU

** Additional credit hours received when taking SCC General Education Courses will count towards the elective credit hours

*** Introductory level environmental science course will not count towards the core requirements but may serve as a pathway for students to assure their interest in the field

Suggested Schedule Planning

First Semester (15-16 credits)
MAT 162 College Algebra 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
CHM 115 General Chemistry I 5
COM 101 Oral Communications 3
Second Semester (17-18 credits)
CHM 116 General Chemistry II 5
Biology BIO 110/113, 105/106, 150, or 240/243 4-5
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 3
HIS 102 U.S. History Since 1877
PHE 106 Personal Wellness 2
Third Semester (16 credits)
CHM 240 Organic Chemistry I 3
BIO 246 Microbiology 4
POL 101 American Government 3
ANT 105, ECO 100, 110, 120, SOC 101, or PSY 101 Social Science II 3
ART 1001, MUS 111, or THE 122 Humanities I 3
Fourth Semester (15 credits)
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
PHY 150/153 General Physics I Lab 4
ANT 105, ECO 100, 110, 120, SOC 101, or PSY 101 Social Science II 3
LIT 210, 220, 250, 260, 272, 273, PHIL 101, or 160 Humanities II 3
GLC 215, HIS 145, 146, GEO 100, BUS 255, or Any Foreign Language International Studies 3
Fifth - Eight Semester*
Electives Selection should be based on area of focus of degree 16-17
Internship Can be taken during any semester at MSSU, but requires pre-planning with MSSU faculty prior to enrollment 2
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 79-80 credits

* Can be done at SCC trhough a combination of on-campus and distance-learning.

Per College policy Individual students may be required to take COL 101.

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