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Safety Management

Bachelor of Science Degree

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Students pursuing University of Central Missouri's Bachelor of Science in Safety Management degree may concentrate in the areas of industrial and occupational loss prevention, which include fire science, security, emergency management and health.

Billions of dollars are lost each year as a result of avoidable accidents and unhealthy exposures on the job, at home and on the highways. Through the application of science and technology, potential safety, security and health losses are reduced by investigating people in their environments and by applying scientific principles of control. Safety sciences professionals are in demand, and the safety management program prepares individuals for rewarding careers in this field.

Career Opportunities

Career placement rates for safety graduates are very high. Graduating students may receive multiple job offers prior to graduation, and entry-level compensation ranks high in relation to numerous other professional fields. Graduates may seek employment as safety analysts, safety managers, corporate health officers, loss control managers, systems safety analysts or OSHA/EPA compliance officers, as well as arson investigators, security managers, transportation safety managers, public services administrators, or industrial hygienists and others.

About the Faculty

The safety programs have a highly qualified faculty, known for stimulating student achievement in departmental programs and projects. UCM's 17 to 1 student-faculty ratio allows for personalized attention and mentoring. In addition to diverse backgrounds and experience, they are also active participants in research and scholarly activity. Faculty members are active in professional organizations and have presented at national and international professional conferences.

Other sources of program strength include working relationships with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Mine Safety and Health Administration, American Society of Safety Engineers, and American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Student Involvement

Safety students are encouraged to participate in professional organizations. Student chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Collegiate Firefighters Association, Air & Waste Management Association, and Rho Sigma Kappa Honor Society are available in the department. The Safety programs also offer an internship program to qualified students. Internships allow students to gain practical experience in the operation of various components of the safety science field. Internships are available with business, industry and government.


In addition to achievement awards, the safety programs have several scholarships available to students including the MEM Outstanding Student Scholarship, the Tieszen, Goetz, Phillips Petroleum Company, Key Safety, Brueske Industrial Safety, Freeman Transportation, Goldberg St. Louis Risk and Insurance Management Society, St. Louis ASSE Chapter scholarships, and the Construction Safety Group of Kansas City Scholarship program.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or Visit their website at

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Department of Safety Sciences