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Occupational Safety and Health Undergraduate Certificate

Occupational Health & Safety Undergraduate Certificate

The certificate program in Occupational Safety & Health requires 15 hours and is designed to provide training for careers focused on the protection of human health from occupational hazards in the built and natural environments. Courses will require application of basic Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) principles and challenges, which will prepare students for diverse opportunities in safety and health, environmental management, and business careers.

Current WKU Students

New Students

Minimum requirements for acceptance into an undergraduate certificate program are:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Application and Fee: Students seeking a certificate program must submit an online application with Undergraduate Admissions.  The completed form must be submitted along with a one-time application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable).
  • Transcript Record: Graduates/Transfers of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript from that institution.

Admission Process for New Students

Starting your certificate program can be completed by following the steps below. Please note: These steps should be completed ONLY by those who wish to earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential. If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor. 

  • Apply for admission 
  • Submit Required Materials:
    • Beginning Freshmen: An official high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted) and ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT.
    • Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions. You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate:

  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application

Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Certificate
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Occupational Safety and Health
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

Admission Application Deadlines

Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1

This program requires 9 hours from the required courses and a 3 hour elective:

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ENV 120 Introduction to Occupational Safety & Health 3
ENV 221 Safety & Health Standards, Codes, and Regulations 3
ENV 321 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 3
ENV 322 Physical Hazards Recognition & Control 3
ENV 423 Safety Program Management 3

2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department Contact

Program Advisor: Dr. Ritchie Taylor
Email: ritchie.taylor@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-8975
Department Website

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Toll-Free: 888-4WKUWEB / 888-495-8932


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 1/10/20