Course Information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
ESOH100 Environment and Society Y
Environment and Society studies the dependency of humans on their natural environment while emphasizing conservation, sustainability, and energy efficiency. The course initially examines the structure and function of ecosystems. The course then examines man's impact upon ecosystems and public health by identifying various sources of air contaminants, water contaminants, and soil contaminants and the composition of municipal and industrial waste. The course concludes with an examination of society's use of and dependency upon energy and the fuels used to generate power and electricity, including fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, and alternative energy sources (solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal). Current writings and events related to the environment are identified and discussed. Public officials and governmental bodies and proceses that protect human health and the environment are also examined.
ESOH100L Environmental and Society Lab
Prerequisite: ESOH 100 or concurrent with ESOH 100 This is a science laboratory course designed to provide students with hands-on experiences that are relevant, easy to understand, and presented in an interesting and informative manner. The laboratory sessions are grouped by topical categories that can be used in conjunction with the ESOH 100 textbook. Topics will be explored by laboratory exercises, independent investigation, and literature review. The ESOH 100L course may be taken with the ESOH 100 course.
ESOH105 Intro to Emergency Mgmt
This course will serve as a practical introduction for students who must understand the process of disaster planning, response, and mitigation through the use of selected case studies and examples of disasters from around the world to connect theory to real-world application.
ESOH110 Strategies for College Learning and Career Development
This course is designed to provide an overview of the various facets of the environmental and occupational safety and health industry and the related aspects of other industries. Effective study skills, job interviewing skills, and time management are also introduced.
ESOH111 Intro to Environmental, Occ Health and Emergency Mgmt
Prerequisite: enrolled in the UF-USA program This course is designed to provide an overview of the sociopolitical and technological responses to environmental pollution, occupational health and emergency management challenges in the United States. Topics include explanation of the fundamentals of environmental science and engineering, description of facts about global and domestic environmental issues, explanation of United States environmental, public health, and safety policy, laws and regulations, and a discussion of sustainability and environmental and health risk assessment. Throughout the course, there will be a discussion and demonstration of career opportunities in these fields.
ESOH135 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (AHTC)
This course shows the student how fundamentals of chemistry apply to hazardous materials. Included are risks of exposure to hazardous substances, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) perspectives for classification, and chemical behavior of hazardous materials. Classroom demonstrations highlight the major concepts. Topic areas include hydrocarbons and their derivatives, flammable liquids and solids, explosives, reactives, corrosives, compressed gases and cryogenics, and radioactive materials.
ESOH150 OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Worker (40-Hour Safety) Training (AHTC)
This course provides participants with the practical knowledge concerning response operations for remediation incidents involving hazardous materials. The course emphasizes uncontrollable (remediation) site functions, methods of operation, and safety in cleaning up hazardous substances dumped or spilled, or investigations at abandoned hazardous waste sites.
ESOH151 OSHA 8-Hr Haz Waste Site Worker Refresher (AHTC)
Prerequisite: ESOH 150 This course is designed to comply with 29 CFR 1910.120 requirements regarding annual follow-up training for hazardous waste site workers who have previously received the OSHA 40-hour Safety Training. This is a repeatable course. This course is graded S/U.
ESOH152 OSHA Haz Waste Site Sprvsr Trng (AHTC)
Prerequisite: ESOH 150 This course trains the supervisor to implement the employer's programs in safety, health hazards, monitoring, and protective equipment, as well as recordkeeping and documentation of site operations and accident management techniques.
ESOH153 Technician Level Emergency Response Training (AHTC)
Prerequisite: ESOH 150 This course provides participants with practical knowledge concerning response operations for emergency incidents involving hazardous materials. The course emphasizes the incident command system (ICS), methods of mitigation and control at an emergency response, safety issues considered in an emergency response, and termination procedures.
ESOH154 Refresher for Emerg. Resp. Trng (AHTC)
This course is designed to address the OSHA 8-hour annual refresher training requirement. It is also designed for training the emergency responder at the operations and technician levels. The workshop reviews the basic requirements and current updated regulations and techniques associated with emergency response. Through the use of scenarios and hands-on exercises, it allows students to maintain their proficiency in the regional areas. This course is graded S/U.
ESOH155 Incident Command for Industrial Responders Training (AHTC)
Prerequisite: ESOH 153 This course will introduce participants to the ICS as addressed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Fire Academy. Recommendations from OSHA, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be stressed. Students with industry background will gain the knowledge and experience of what assisting agencies can offer in a hazardous materials or "hazmat" incident. They will also learn how they fit into the ICS on larger scale events. Students with public agency background will gain knowledge and experience in working within the incident command structure. Students with emergency response background will gain knowledge and experience in commanding spill mitigations and clean-up. They will also learn how to better work with outside agencies. Strong emphasis will be given to actual case studies, scenarios, and table-top exercises.
ESOH160 CPR/First Aid/Adv First Aid
This course is designed to introduce concepts of first aid and build the student's knowledge base to an operations level. The training will consolidate student's knowledge and skills in order to operate at the workplace in the private or public sector.
ESOH163 Personal Emergency Preparedness
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility requiring each individual to take charge of her/his own preparedness. This course will review the needs and requirements for individual and family emergency preparedness and train the student in the preparation of individual and family emergency plans for family members.
ESOH165 Search and Rescue
This course will focus on the basics of search and rescue and include training to achieve the competencies required to demonstrate basic Search and Rescue (SAR) principles and skills to become Call-Out-Qualified (CMQ), become certified in FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
ESOH180 Industrial Proc. & Haz Recogntn
Prerequisite: ESOH 100 or permission of instructor This course is designed to introduce the main processes involved in mining, production, and manufacturing operations. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and field trips, the student will recognize the potential sources of occupational hazard exposure, air and water pollution, and solid waste that result from such operations. While the major focus of the course will be basic recognition, attention will be given to methods of scientific evaluation, engineering control, and regulatory requirements.
ESOH205 OSHA 30-Hr General Industry Compliance (AHTC)
This course will provide the student with the basic information and training requirements necessary to develop and implement an in-house OSHA voluntary compliance program and methods of finding, interpreting, and implementing regulations pertaining to employee safety. Course topics will include: introduction to OSHA; OSHA Act and General Duty Clause; inspections, citations, penalties, and recordkeeping; walking and working surfaces; means of egress and fire protection; hazardous materials; personal protective equipment; permit-required confined spaces; lockout tagout; materials handling; machine guarding, welding, cutting, and brazing; electrical and safety-related work practices; hazard communication; OSHA recordkeeping; and other OSHA regulations. The instructors have been approved to teach the course and will issue Department of Labor voluntary compliance class completion cards to each student completing the course.
ESOH206 Confined Space Entrant/Attendant Supervisor and Basic Rescue Trng (AHTC)
This course is designed for those in charge of confined space entry programs needed to meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.146. The written programs and the procedures required to be implemented are explained so that entries can be made in a safe and timely manner. Much emphasis is placed on assessment of confined space hazards and monitoring for atmospheric hazards both present or potentially possible. OSHA recommended criteria for working in confined spaces are emphasized. Self-rescue and attendant-assisted rescue techniques are stressed to allow for safe egress should a problem arise.
ESOH207 DOT Haz Mat Transportation Trng (AHTC)
This course is structured for participants to learn the basic hazardous materials transportation regulations (49 CFR), and how to apply them to daily operations involving any of the four transportation modes (air, water, rail, highway). Training covers hazardous materials package selection, use, marketing, and labeling, proper shipping name, hazard class, UN/NA identification numbers, and packaging group for shipping paper preparation. Additional considerations for hazardous waste, hazardous substances, marine pollutants, and inhalation hazard poisons are studied. Training topics include: UN Performance Packaging Standards (HM-181), hazardous material identification, DOT Hazard Communication, how to use the hazardous materials table, hazardous material incident notices/reporting, page loading/unloading, and UN Recommendations HM-215A.
ESOH208 RCRA Haz Waste Generator Train (AHTC)
This course is designed to ensure that a facility's operations achieve and maintain regulatory compliance while meeting federal and state personnel training requirements for industries and federal facilities that generate hazardous waste. Training workshop topics include cradle-to-grave management overview; hazardous waste identification; satellite accumulation area and containers; generator container/tank storage; container labeling; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permits-exempt activities; recordkeeping/ personnel training; RCRA preparedness and prevention programs; RCRA contingency plans; and how to complete hazardous waste manifests, Land Disposal Restriction (LDR) notification forms, annual/biennial reports, and exception reports.
ESOH270 Fund of Occupational Health
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 180 and CHEM 111 or 130 or permission of the instructor This course is an introduction to the scientific methods of anticipating and recognizing occupational and environmental hazards that may cause injury or disease among workers and/or citizens of a community. Emphasis is placed upon the general workplace standards of OSHA. Specific topics include the entry and action of biological, chemical, and physical hazards, air sampling, monitoring, selection, and use of personal protective equipment. Case examples are used throughout.
ESOH280 Public Health Microbiology
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 100 and 100L, BIOL 102, or permission of the instructor This course introduces microbiology from the whole body perspective and covers principles and microbiological mechanisms from the body system standpoint. Particular emphasis will be on public health aspects. The course includes a laboratory component.
ESOH300 Environmental Regulations & Laws
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 100, 180, and 270 or permission of instructor This course studies the federal legislative and regulatory processes associated with the regulation of air quality, air contaminant sources, surface water quality, sources of water pollutants, drinking water, solid and hazardous waste, the remediation of soil and groundwater, and the reporting of the storage and releases of hazardous and toxic chemicals. Specific study is made of the Administrative Procedure Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act and their implementing regulations. Resources utilized include the United States Code, the Federal Register, and the Code of Federal Regulations.
ESOH315 Environ. Sampling & Statistics Y
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 100, 180, 270, 300, and MATH 123 or permission of the instructor Participants implement procedures for planning, collecting, documenting, interpreting, and assessing the quality of environmental sampling data. Case studies are used to assist students in preparing a sampling and analysis plan for contaminants and sites selected by participants. A group sampling exercise is planned and completed by the class at a site. USEPA sampling guidelines are applied throughout the course.
ESOH316 Environmental Analysis and Standard Methods/Lecture
Prerequisites: ESOH 315 and CHEM 325 and 325L or any other organic chemistry lecture and laboratory course or permission of instructor. Concurrent with ESOH 316L This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals, techniques, and applications of "classical" (wet) and instrumental methods of analysis by examining standardized measurement techniques in environmental and health and safety investigations as the foundation of defensible decision making.
ESOH316L Environ. Analysis & Std Mth Lab
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 315 and CHEM 325 and 325L or any other organic chemistry lecture and laboratory course or permission of instructor. Concurrent with ESOH 316. Measurements of volatile, semi-volatile, and inorganic compounds and metals are conducted following APHA, ASTM, AWWA, EPA, and NIOSH standard methods. Sample matrices tested include soil, water, and air. Both field and laboratory procedures are utilized. Students conduct both field sampling and pertinent analysis of collected samples.
ESOH320 Emergency Mgmt Finance
This course will focus on two areas of emergency management, contracting for goods and services before, during, and after an emergency; and, the financial management of emergencies from the point of view of governmental agencies, businesses, and individuals.
ESOH330 Emergency Mgmt and Law
Prerequisites: ESOH 105, 300 or permission of instructor This course will focus on the United States and Ohio statutes, regulations, and standards that govern emergency management. The class will review the Patriot Act; Disaster Mitigation Act; Stafford Emergency Assistance and Disaster Relief Act; 44 C.F.R.; Emergency Management and Assistance; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950, as amended; Public Law 96-342, Improved Civil Defense, 1980; Pollution Prevention Act; and the relevant Ohio statutes, regulations, and policies as they pertain to the planning for and response to all hazards emergency response.
ESOH335 Indust. Hygiene Sampling & Calc.
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 270, BIOL 201, CHEM 111 or 130, and a physics course or permission of the instructor This course is a continuation of the concepts of ESOH 270. The first two-thirds of the course places emphasis on methodologies of gas, vapor, and aerosol sampling; including instrumentation function and calibration, the last third of the course involves measurement and evaluation of physical hazards including noise, heat stress, lighting, and ergonomic hazards. The course will include a major emphasis upon the types of problems and calculations likely to be found in the ABIH certification examination. The course has laboratory exercises and uses a case study to explore the methods of sampling.
ESOH360 Incident Scene & Evidence Invstn
Prerequisite: junior status This course will consider critical thinking investigation, root cause analysis, fire science, and explosion design considerations. The course will focus on the basic considerations of concern prior to, during, and after the incident scene investigation. The course will also emphasize the taking, preservation, and analysis of evidence for use in administrative, civil, and criminal matters. Additionally, the course will cover the law of evidence and the use of expert opinion as evidence. Interview techniques will also be discussed.
ESOH400 Environ. Permitting & Reporting
Prerequisite: ESOH 300 or permission of the instructor This course is an advanced application course which studies the preparation and analysis of air and water permits and the preparation of quarterly and annual reports, all of which are submitted to state and federal regulators. Students examine and complete various federal and state permit applications regulating air contaminant sources, surface water discharges, discharges to sanitary sewers, and storm-water discharges. The course also requires the study of annual generator hazardous waste reports, hazardous chemical inventories, toxic release inventories, and the requirements associated with accidental release reports under the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Responses Compensation and Liability Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. The course also studies the regulatory enforcement process associated with an entity's noncompliance with permits and reports, including the administrative and judicial processes, penalty calculations, and negotiations.
ESOH405 Water, Wastewater, Solid and Hazardous Waste Treatment
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 270, 300, and one course each in chemistry and math or permission of the instructor This course is a comprehensive overview of water, wastewater, solid, and hazardous waste treatment technologiescurrently in use in the environmental industry. The course explores both theoretical and \ practical aspects using a case-study approach.
ESOH410 Human Res Issues for Env, Safety and Health Managers
This course provides an overview of key areas of human resource management that overlap with the management of environmental, health, safety, and security issues at industrial facilities. Topics include job and training analysis, labor relations, record keeping and reporting, accident investigation and worker's compensation, crisis management and contingency planning, as well as fraud and other investigations.
ESOH415 Intro to Project Mgmt
This is a course designed to provide an introduction to project management, particularly in the area of environmental and safety and health programs. Both the technical aspects of integrated project management, (e.g., scope, work breakdown, scheduling, budgeting, completion) and personnel issues within a project team are described. Students discuss case studies, prepare an individual project plan, and work with various management tools (e.g., PERT network diagrams and Gantt charts.)
ESOH420 Mgmt of Safety & Health Programs
Prerequisite: ESOH 270, BSEM 325, or an equivalent course. This comprehensive capstone health and safety course includes detailed study of the occupational safety and health regulatory compliance requirements in prototypical U.S. industrial facilities. It utilizes both the General Industry Standards of OSHA (29 CFR 1910) and Construction Standards OSHA (29 CFR 1926) as well as professional standards of the major consensus practice organizations that address the practice of occupational health in general industry and construction environments. Accident investigation and root cause analysis is conducted. Case studies examine different workplace settings and roles (e.g., regulator, consultant, or facility staff) as well as the possible management tasks that students may encounter in professional employment. Students are required to complete workplace and facility audits, create program documents, and conduct mock management assessments pertaining to staffing and budgetary concerns.
ESOH423 Emergency Mgmt Standards and Procedures II-Application
The course will focus on the practical application of the following standards and procedures addressed in a scenario- and case-based learning format: NIMS, NFPA 1600, unified command, incident command system, mutual-aid and the national model, liaison, and communicating in an emergency. Case studies examine different workplace settings and roles (e.g., regulator, consultant, or victim) as well as the possible management tasks that students may encounter in professional employment. Students are required to complete workplace and facility audits, create program documents, and conduct mock management assessments.
ESOH425 Toxicology and Risk Assessment
Prerequisite: ESOH 315 or permission of instructor This capstone course emphasizes toxicology from the whole body perspective and covers principles and mechanisms of toxicology, absorption, distribution, and excretion of toxicants, carcinogenesis, pesticides, metals, and other workplace and environmental toxicants. The course applies the principles of toxicity and exposure assessment to characterize risk. The student will apply these principles to toxicants and exposure routes at a site selected with the instructor's approval. Class discussions and risk calculations will cover toxicological exposure assessments for air, water, soil, and food. Risk-based environmental decisions methods are introduced.
ESOH427 Threat and Vulnerability Assessment and Management
This capstone course applies the principles of threat and vulnerability assessment to characterize risks facing communities and workplaces using a case-study approach. Class discussions will cover such hazards as hazard and threat recognition, vulnerability analysis, biohazards, trend analysis, risk mitigation, continuity of business operations, and mutual aid agreements for the private sector. Risk-based decision methods are introduced.
ESOH429 All Hazards Emergency Planning
This capstone course will be the culminating course in the emergency planning portion of the program. It will bring together concepts and procedures from previous course work and will address the following topics: Communications inoperability, mutual aid agreements, use of the national model proposed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), business continuity, resource management, donations management, debris management, volunteer management, and leadership.
ESOH435 Control & Engineering in Ind Hyg
This course is a detailed study of ventilation control methods. Case studies of general methods and local exhaust for control of hazardous gases, vapors, and aerosols are investigated. Calculations regarding the capture and reduction in contaminant levels are required. Investigation of noise, temperature, ergonomic, and radiation factors are considered. Students conduct a ventilation and noise investigation that properly implements control practices in an industrial setting.
ESOH440 Econ & Policy Dvlmt of ESHM
This course examines the historical evolution of policy-, law-, and rule-making in the fields of environmental health and protection, public health, and occupational safety and health. The course evaluates the impact that these programs have had upon the health of the natural environment and the health of American citizens and workers, as well as the impact of protective measures on the financial competitiveness of U.S. industries. The effects of globalization, as well as alternative policy approaches such as disease prevention/health maintenance, pollution prevention, sustainable development, and industrial ecology are also addressed.
ESOH465 Environmental Audits & Assessmnt
Prerequisite(s): ESOH 300 and 400 or permission of the instructor This is a comprehensive capstone environmental course that instructs students on approaches for conducting industrial operational compliance audits for all applicable air, water, and waste regulations as well as permitting and reporting requirements. Students also obtain a working knowledge of, and ability to conduct or direct, Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments pursuant to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
ESOH485 Train-the-Trainer
This elective course helps qualify individuals for workforce training roles. It describes the approaches of needs analysis, task analysis, and performance objectives that are used to design training; lesson plans, delivery and assessment techniques; and the validation and documentation of training programs. Instructional strategies and media and delivery techniques appropriate to the adult learner are also described. This is a practical hands-on course where each student is expected to develop, deliver, and be critiqued on a training presentation. The presentation will be videotaped for those who request. The course is designed for compliance with the ANSI Z-490 standard and participants are eligible to sit for the National Environmental Training Association CET or CIT exam.
ESOH490 Internship in Environmental, Safety, & Occup Health Mgmt
Prerequisites: ESOH 100, 180, 270, and 300 and at least two science courses, permission of the instructor, completion of an application from the Office of Internships and Placement, minimum of 2.75 GPA and a minimum of 30 semester hours from The University of Findlay This experience includes a practical experience-oriented activity demonstrating cumulative skills and knowledge involving an internship, co-op, or other significant work experience in which students work for a company or public entity involved in any facet of an environmental, safety, and health industry. The work experience must be pre-approved by a faculty member and the Office of Internships and Placement. Regular reports and a portfolio of material accomplished during the experience must be presented to the faculty member to receive credit. The number of credits will be determined with the student's adviser. This course will be graded S/U and may be repeated with a maximum of 15 semester hours applying toward a degree.
ESOH495 Adv Topics in Env.,Safety,and Occ. Health Mgmt
This course provides for study of selected areas of environmental, safety, and occupational health management not included in regularly offered courses. The course may be taken multiple times, provided the topics are different.
ESOH499 Seminar in ESOHM
Prerequisite: junior or senior status This course is intended to provide diverse education and exposure to all areas related to ESOH. The course may include speakers from other disciplines including criminal justice, forensic science, nuclear medicine, public health, and social science. This course will provide students with an interdisciplinary view of environmental, safety, and health issues. This course is repeatable up to three semester hours.