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Occupational Health and Safety (BASc)

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Create the safest possible workplaces in the only university program of its kind in Canada. Help prevent injury and illness by anticipating, evaluating and controlling physical, biological, chemical and other hazards. Draw on specialized knowledge to develop and implement initiatives that improve health, safety and well-being in work environments across every sector.

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Is It for You? 

This program, the only one of its kind in Canada, teaches students how to create the safest possible workplaces. You’ll help prevent injury and illness by anticipating, evaluating and controlling physical, biological and chemical hazards, and developing and implementing initiatives that improve health and safety in work environments across every sector. A paid co-op option, laboratory testing and analysis, workplace visits and an independent research project prepare you to achieve board certifications or professional designations and impact diverse workplaces.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Five-Year Co-op; Two-Year Option for University Graduates

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Applied Science

 Grade Range
70-74%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Experiential Learning
Co-op option

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2020 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2019/2020

Domestic Fees Range: $7,095 - $7,598
International Fees Range: $27,218 - $28,570

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements for Full-Time, Four-Year Program

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • One of: Chemistry (SCH4U) or Biology (SBI4U)
  • The minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 60-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Note: Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university will not be considered for admission to the four-year degree program.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Requirements for Occupational Health and Safety Two-Year Program for University Graduates

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university including three (lower or upper level) liberal studies courses.
  • Applicants must have as part of their degree (or other post-secondary education) credit for at least one single-term course in chemistry (equivalent to CHY 104).
  • Successful candidates may apply for up to six single-term transfer credits based on their previous university studies.

Requirements for Occupational Health and Safety Two-Year Diploma to Degree Pathway

  • Completion of the Workplace Safety and Prevention Diploma from Lambton College, Seneca College or Cambrian College with a minimum B/3.0/70% overall average.

After Graduation

Your work will impact a variety of areas such as manufacturing, education, transportation, forestry; law enforcement, construction and trade; health and safety evaluation, training and monitoring services; health and safety consultation, occupational hygiene; workplace wellness; senior-level policy or program management. You will be prepared to achieve board certifications or professional designations such as Canadian registered safety professional, registered occupational hygienist, certified industrial hygienist or certified safety professional. You may work as a health and safety consultant, an environmental technician, disability case manager or wellness advisor.  You may also choose to pursue further education in areas such as industrial hygiene or ergonomics.

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