Option 1: Environmental Management
This option provides additional education on environmental remediation, air quality
and pollution prevention, water quality, wastewater management, and industrial ventilation.
Option 2: Safety Management
This options offers the opportunity to customize your course work with approved electives
or the inclusion of a minor. Excellent minors include business, construction management,
psychology, criminal justice, and core sciences such as chemistry, biology, geoscience,
Option 3: Occupational Health Management
This option is ideal for individuals who may be interested in pursuing an MS degree
in industrial hygiene. Additional coursework includes biochemistry, human biology,
ventilation, noise measurements, and high hazard industries.
Earn your GSP designation
All Occupational Safety BS/Occupational Safety Management MS, Accelerated majors are
awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation.
GSP is an alternate path toward the professional certification of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Only students who graduate from a Qualified Academic Program meeting the standards
of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals are eligible for the GSP designation, making it highly respected.
Learn more about the GSP
UCM and the Safety Sciences programs have excellent placement rates. Our students
are extremely competitive in the job market and have earned excellent starting salaries.
Check out UCM’s first destination success and salary statistics
What is Safety Sciences?
The primary focus for the safety profession is prevention of harm to people, property,
and the environment. Safety professionals apply principles drawn from such disciplines
as engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics,
and management. They use appropriate methods and techniques of loss prevention and
loss control. "Safety sciences" is a twenty-first century term for everything that
goes into the prevention of accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions and other events
which harm people, property, and the environment. (Career Guide to the Safety Profession,
Read more about the safety profession from the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Where do Safety Professionals Work?
Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited
to, the following:
- Oil and gas
- Manufacturing and production
- Government at the local, state and federal levels.
For more details on where safety professionals work, what they do, and the employment outlook,
see the Career Guide to the Safety Profession.
Where can I find enrollment and graduation data?
UCM publishes a Fact Book
with enrollment information and graduation data for the University and individual
Program 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 on contemporary issues
in order to understand the impact of SH&E solutions in a global and societal context.
- Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions
and work practices.
- Demonstrate the application of business and risk management concepts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene,
environmental science, fire science, hazardous materials, emergency management, ergonomics,
and/or human factors.
- Design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs.
- Apply adult learning theory to safety training methodology.
- Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations, and codes.
- Conduct accident investigations and analyses.
- Apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an intern,
cooperative, or supervised experience.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety will be prepared to attain
the following 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
- Develop, implement, and provide ongoing leadership for organizational SH&E programs.
The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will use
the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
- Recognize the importance of contemporary, global, and societal issues as they relate
to the practice of occupational safety and health.
- Develop, coordinate, and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people,
property, and the environment.
- Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline-specific
- Analyze injury, illness, and liability trends to help establish priority direction.
- Organize limited resources for optimum risk control.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate hazard control processes for a performance safety