The Environmental and Occupational Safety/Emergency Response track prepares students who plan to work as environmental safety officers, management of workplace safety issues, or in an emergency response field. Students who wish to work for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should be aware that a large majority of their jobs require a bachelor’s degree. For those who plan to move directly into the oilfields or refinery work after earning their bachelor’s, this track provides students with professional certifications meeting industry standards.
In ESCI 4370, students receive 4 professional certifications (ICS 100, ICS 700, HAZWOPER, and HAZWOPER Supervisor.) The course satisfies the 40-hour off-site employee training requirements for U.S. OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) regulations as specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 as well as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and Section 126 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). This course qualifies students to support, and supervise, emergency response operations at the local, state, and federal level.
Students receive 3 professional certifications in ESCI 4430 (ICS 100, ICS 700, (or ICS 200 and 800)) in addition to the 40-hour training HAZWOPER for Oil Spill Response. The course meets the off-site training requirements for U.S. OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) regulations as specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 and qualifies students to support oil spill response operations at the local, state, and federal level.
B.A.A.S. students in the Environmental and Occupational Safety track will be required to complete the course requirements listed on their degree plan. Students must meet with the B.A.A.S. advisor to obtain an official degree plan and determine which previously completed courses are eligible to transfer.
BAAS Academic Advisor Contact Information:
Office: Faculty Center 148
Phone: (361) 825.5931