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Environmental Health and Safety

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is July 12. Applying is easy and free!

Work to protect

Planet and people

Protect the greater good and pursue a degree in something that matters. Work to reduce environmental contamination, protect workers from hazardous conditions, and promote the use of less energy. The B.S. in Environmental Health and Safety focuses on environmental responsibility and accountability and prepares students for a variety of environmental and occupational safety industry professional certifications!

Program Overview

The B.S. in Environmental Health and Safety prepares students to work as environmental health and safety project managers and program specialists for business, non-profit, and government. Students obtain skills in pollution prevention and control, waste management, EHS safety management and compliance. Graduates help their employers produce goods and services that reduce environmental contamination, protect workers from hazardous conditions, and use less energy and promote natural and wildlife conservation. The program focuses on environmental responsibility and accountability and promotes being good stewards of the products people make and the services people provide. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take a variety of environmental and occupational safety industry professional certifications.

Program Features

+ One-on-one academic and professional advising as our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality. 

+ Unity College is an accredited institution by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). 

+ Experiential Online. Experiential programs are delivered 100% online with fieldwork designed with the working professional in mind. 

+ Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time. 

+ Make professional connections with leaders in your field. 

+ Get job placement assistance. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services

+ Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from eight year-round start dates.

Pursue a concentration in environmental GIS, renewable energy, sustainable business, wildlife ecology, or emergency disaster management.

+ Transfer friendly! We will accept up to 90 credits.

Experiential and Immersive Coursework

A Sustainability Mindset

Students explore local neighborhoods and discover what acts are being done that are considerate of the sustainability of our environment. They consider the historical perspective and our mindset as a society today.

EPA Rulemaking

Students are tasked with researching a regulation that the EPA is currently considering. The EPA allows for commentary to be shared on pending regulations. Students give their opinions on pending regulation after careful research and consideration.

Environmental Field Log

Students are tasked to inspect and survey their local environments and identify three environmental issues. They are asked to catalog the observations they make, and reflect on how their observations make sense in light of the characteristics of their local area.

Experts in the Field

At Unity College, our Faculty is comprised of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

Daphne Boston Unity College

Daphne Boston

Instructor of Environmental Health & Safety

Daphne Boston is a DE Adjunct Faculty member in the B. S. in Environmental Health and Safety program. She received her master’s degree in Education Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and B. S. in Industrial Technology from Northern Illinois University. She has worked in the Environmental Health and Safety field since 2002 and her experience spans aviation and aerospace, manufacturing, supply chain and distribution, printing, government, and academia. 

In addition to teaching at Unity College, Daphne also works for Leidos at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  There, she provides Environmental Health and Safety technical support to 13 sites in 7 states in the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region. She has developed programs such as Hazardous Energy Control and Respiratory Protection and is regularly involved with coordinating and conducting environmental health and safety training.

Previously, Daphne worked at Boeing for 10 years in Environmental Health and Safety. She supported multiple business units during her time there and was responsible for coordinating safety reviews of construction projects and equipment acquisitions in manufacturing facilities, conducting annual Electrical Safety audits, partnering with environmental engineers and technicians on Stormwater and Hazardous Waste compliance, and developing safe work processes for manufacturing and office employees.

Daphne brings value to her students in her diverse background in environmental compliance and workplace safety.

Small Class Sizes

At Unity College, we believe our students are not just a number. The value of small class size intimacy is just as important to us in our distance education program as it is in traditional classroom settings. We give the benefit of creating tight-knit communities where networking can flourish. By keeping our class sizes small, our faculty can dedicate their time to providing all one-on-one guidance when needed by a student.

Degree Requirements and Courses

The environmental health and safety degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. For more requirements, browse our degree checklist. View our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.

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*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.

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Last Updated on June 9, 2021