Application for Admission to the Undergraduate Occupational Safety and Health Program
Beginning with the fall 2014 academic year, the Occupational Safety and Health department has grouped OSH undergraduate courses into two categories: unrestricted and restricted. Restricted courses are limited to students who have applied for and gained acceptance for admission to the OSH program starting with the 2014-2015 academic program; whereas unrestricted courses do not require a departmental application.
Students may enroll in OSH classes specified as “unrestricted” prior to applying for admission to OSH.
Unrestricted OSH classes are: OSH 100T, 101, 192, 310, 311, 320 and 384.
Students seeking to enroll in restricted OSH courses must complete and submit a copy of the Application Form for Admission to the Undergraduate Occupational Safety and Health Programin the semester prior to planned enrollment in the restricted courses. The application will need to be completed and printed in one session. If you close the application before completing it, no information will be saved and the application will have to be started over again.
Restricted OSH courses are: OSH 299, 330, 353, 371, 387, 420, 425, 445, 450, 452, 453, 488, 499, 511, 523, 527, 536, 546, 550, 571, 578, and 591.
Please read the requirements for admission to the undergraduate OSH program listed on the Application Form and outlined below. An application should be submitted only after meeting the admission requirements.
OSH Admission Requirements
To be formally admitted to the OSH program, a student is required to:
- have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework that can be directly applied to an OSH degree with a minimum GPA of 2.25. Typically applicable courses are OSH University Studies requirements, non-restricted OSH classes at the 100-, 200- and 300-levels and OSH Technical Electives;
- have no grade less than a C* in an OSH course; i.e., all OSH grades are A, B, and C;
- submit an application packet for admission to the program which includes completion of the attached two-page application form and submission of a paper copy of a Racer Academic Completion Report (RACR Audit) printed from the student’s MyGate account;
- be successfully reviewed by the OSH program admissions committee; and
- apply by February 1 for fall admission or by September 1 for spring admission.
When entering the program, students will be assigned to the program year of the most recent MSU Academic Bulletin. Students must meet all degree requirements* specified by the Academic Bulletin of the year assigned.
*Degree Requirements for the OSH program
All occupational safety and health majors and minors must earn a grade of C or better in all OSH courses. Any OSH course with a grade below a C must be repeated. The maximum number of times a student may enroll in an OSH class is twice; this includes audits and withdrawals after the first week of class. Exceptions would be made only if the student was forced to drop the class due to a life-changing event and not due to performance in the class. If a grade less than C is received in any OSH course for a second time, the course cannot be repeated and the student is dismissed from the program and is not eligible for readmission. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 must be maintained to graduate.