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2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Safety and Health, BS (43-276)

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Major, Bachelor of Science Degree

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health will be able to:

  • Anticipate, recognize and evaluate hazards for the development of control strategies through the application of math, science, business and risk management concepts.
  • Formulate, design, implement and evaluate safety, health and/or environmental programs.
  • Communicate professionally both verbally and in writing as an individual and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Identify and interpret applicable standards, regulations, and codes in a global society.
  • Conduct an accident investigation including root cause analysis and development of a corrective action plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice of the fundamental aspects of safety, health and environmental sciences (SH&E).
  • Design and conduct experiments and formulate an analysis and interpretation of associated qualitative, semi-quantitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Apply SH&E knowledge and principles in an internship, cooperative, or supervised experience.
  • Understand and communicate professional and ethical codes.
  • Develop the business case and demonstrate the value of SH&E interventions.
  • Develop SH&E training utilizing appropriate adult learning theories and techniques to meet diversity in occupational settings.
  • Articulate the need to maintain technical professional competency of contemporary issues in order to understand the impact of SH&E solutions in a global and societal context.

Program Educational Objectives

Additionally, graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health will be prepared to attain the following educational objectives:

  • Anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazards, exposures, and risk through development and management of control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  • Uphold the responsibilities of the profession to protect people, property and the environment in a global or societal market with personal integrity and honesty through adherence to professional ethical codes.
  • Acquire and evaluate evolving SH&E-related information through research, and the application and continuing development of abilities, skills, and knowledge gained in the program to identify practical solutions for safety issues.
  • Continually enhance discipline-specific technical competencies, skills and knowledge by seeking certification, and through active participation in professional societies, conferences, workshops, networking, continuing education, and/or other professional development activities.
  • Develop, implement and provide ongoing leadership for organizational SH&E programs.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking to graduate from this program must have a minimum 2.20 cumulative grade-point-average and must have attained the grade of C or better in all designated safety, math, and science courses. An assessment examination must be completed in the last semester of course work.


The Occupational Safety and Health program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Occupational Safety and Health, BS (43-276) (4 Year Guide)  

General Education Requirements: 42 Sem. Hours

All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. Some majors require additional hours due to required coursework. See The General Education Program Requirements  for full listing of requirements. The following general education classes are required by this major:

Free Electives: 6 Sem. Hours

Minimum Total: 120 Sem. Hours

* Grade of C or better is required.

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