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Environmental, Safety & Risk Management, BS

Environmental, Safety and Risk Management Degree

Become a safety professional dedicated to protecting people, property and the environment with an Environmental, Safety and Risk Management degree from the University of Central Missouri. Safety professionals help companies streamline their operations, build new facilities and implement new technologies. As corporations grow and work environments become more regulated, organizations will depend even more on skilled people with Risk Management degrees to keep their facilities running smoothly and profitably.

Earn a bachelor’s degree and your GSP designation

Our Environmental, Safety and Risk Management major is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). This means all graduates are eligible for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation for a competitive edge in an important field.

An online Risk Management degree for experienced professionals

You can choose to earn your bachelor’s degree for this Safety Sciences program on campus in Warrensburg or online. Earning your Risk Management degree online enables you to learn on your own schedule. You can complete your bachelor’s while maintaining your professional and personal commitments. Enroll part time or full time starting in the fall, spring or summer. Many of our students are able to earn their online Risk Management degrees in just two years.

Environmental, Safety and Risk Management online degrees tailored to transfer students

Unlike traditional environmental safety and health degrees, UCM’s bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Safety and Risk Management is designed specifically for transfer students or working professionals who have an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution. We’ll make sure all of your credits transfer so you save time and money on completing your bachelor’s degree and can take the next step in your career sooner.

All Environmental, Safety and Risk Management degree courses are offered online, but you may opt to take some courses on campus in Warrensburg. You could finish your Environmental, Safety and Risk Management degree in as little as two years.

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100% online degree program option

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100% job or graduate school placement

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Average starting salary of $55–$70K

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All faculty are CSP-certified

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GSP designation eligibility

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Great fit for transfer students

What you will study

Learn practical skills that you can apply in the workplace even as you’re earning your UCM bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Safety and Risk Management. You’ll study a range of topics, such as:

  • Safety Leadership: Examine the problems of behavior, causes of accidents and application of principles in psychology, philosophy and ethics. With this knowledge, you can develop and manage safe behavior on and off the job.
  • Industrial Hygiene: Understand how to recognize, evaluate and control workplace health hazards.
  • Statistical Analysis for Risk Management: Learn mathematical and statistical methods to efficiently collect and interpret data for analysis in a variety of settings.

As an Environmental, Safety and Risk Management major at UCM, you’ll also have a variety of electives to choose from, including SAFE coursework, OSHA training and approved work experience and certification. These options allow you to tailor your coursework to your interests and career goals and maximize the use of credits already earned in your associate degree program.

Tailor UCM’s Environmental Safety and Health degree and become an expert in areas of risk management such as techniques for controlling mechanical, electrical and chemical hazards, reducing the risk profile of an organization, interpreting performance measurements for continuous improvement and more.


Unique learning opportunities for Risk Management majors

At the University of Central Missouri, we provide you with hands-on, applied learning opportunities. You’ll gain professional experience using the methods and tools you’re learning over the course of the Environmental Safety and Health degree program. This experience better qualifies you for competitive jobs and for rapid advancement in a wide range of health, safety and risk management careers:

Internships: Gain job experience with an internship while earning course credit as a Risk Management major. Opportunities are available through our alumni engagement program, faculty networks and industry connections.

Eight-week course options (online only): UCM offers one of the most flexible in-person or online Risk Management degrees available. You can opt to take online courses that run for only eight weeks, allowing you to focus on fewer classes at once while staying on track to graduate quickly. Balance work, school and other commitments on a schedule that works for you.

Personalized learning: As an Environmental, Safety and Risk Management major at UCM, you’ll be able to design your program of study based on the coursework you’ve already completed in your Associates program. You’ll also get personalized attention from our industry-leading faculty, with class sizes ranging from 15–25 undergraduate students.


What can you do with an Environmental, Safety and Risk Management degree from UCM?

Receive a high-quality bachelor’s degree and learn valuable job skills to launch a successful career as a safety professional. Industries as diverse as manufacturing, health care, transportation and energy need safety and risk management leaders who want to make a positive impact and excel in an ever-changing world. The Environmental, Safety and Risk Management degree from the University of Central Missouri will prepare you for a range of in-demand careers. 

Risk Management degrees train you for jobs with day-to-day tasks that may include: 

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting relevant data to reduce the risk profile of an organization
  • Integrating financial and non-financial justifications into policies that align with your organization’s strategic plans
  • Gathering and applying data and technology to prevent or mitigate risk and support decision-making

Jobs for Risk Management degrees

Equipped with our online Environmental, Safety and Risk Management degree, you’ll have virtually no limits on your career potential. Use our interactive tool below to explore job trends, salaries and options in Risk Management degree jobs.




Financial assistance options for your Environmental, Safety and Risk Management degree

In-person and online Risk Management degrees are a valuable investment in your future, no matter which area of environmental, health and safety management you pursue. Earning your bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university such as the University of Central Missouri assures you that your education will be widely recognized and will maximize your future potential by opening doors to graduate school.

In addition to competitive tuition rates, UCM offers many resources to help you finance your college education. As a Risk Management major, you may be eligible for these exclusive scholarships:

  • American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation Scholarships
  • Construction Safety Group of Kansas City Scholarship
  • International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship
  • National Safety Council (NSC) Scholarships
  • Don B. Daily Safety Steel Intern Scholarship 
  • UCM Foundation Scholarships
  • Missouri Asphalt Paving Association Scholarships

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

After earning the Environmental Safety and Health degree from UCM, you can advance your education with: 

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