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Bachelor of Science Degree

University of Central Missouri's ASAC-ABET accredited Bachelor of Science degree program in occupational safety and health teaches students the legal, professional and ethical responsibilities of safety and health managers in the workplace. In addition, they are grounded in the safety sciences issues faced in local, national and global contexts, and in identifying technical solutions to occupational safety and health problems and scientific solutions to mitigate hazardous exposures.

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 occupational safety and health program prepares individuals for rewarding careers in this field.

Career Opportunities

Career placement rates for safety science 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.


In addition to achievement awards, the safety programs have several scholarships available to students including MEM Outstanding Student Scholarships, 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.

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 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, Rho Sigma Kappa Honor Society, Collegiate Firefighters Association, and the Air and Waste Management Association 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.

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