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Occupational Safety, BS - Environmental Management Option

Environmental Management Degree

The University of Central Missouri's Occupational Safety BS - Environmental Management degree option empowers you to positively impact your workplace and our world. As a safety professional, you’ll protect people while preventing harm to the workplace and the environment.

Our Occupational Safety degree in Environmental Management is one of just 24 accredited programs in the United States that offers a bachelor’s degree in safety programs.

Earn a degree and your GSP designation

UCM’s Occupational Safety degree is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET and is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Graduates from our Occupational Safety, Health Safety and Environment degree programs are eligible for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. 

Choose part-time and online course options

UCM’s Occupational Safety degree in Environmental Management is a four-year degree program open to full- or part-time students. All undergraduate program courses are offered on campus, but some courses are offered in hybrid and online formats. Summer courses are all online.

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Dr. Georgi Popov, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA
Department Chair
Occupational Risk and Safety Sciences Department
Humphreys Building 327A
Warrensburg MO  64093

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Occupational Risk and Safety Science

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ABET-accredited bachelor’s program

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Average starting salary of $55–$70K

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All faculty are active CSP members

What you will study

As an occupational safety - environmental management major at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll take a mix of core and elective health safety and environment degree courses in areas such as safety leadership, risk management, industrial hygiene, statistical analysis for risk management, environmental management, system safety and ergonomics.

Core courses for our health, safety and environment degrees include:

  • Exploring the Safety Sciences: Get an overview of safety as an academic endeavor, including consideration of the subdisciplines of safety, requirements of students and career opportunities.
  • Industrial Hygiene: Understand how to recognize, evaluate and control workplace health hazards.
  • Environmental Compliance: Dive into a comprehensive study of federal and state environmental legislation and standards that protect the health and safety of citizens. 

The Occupational Safety degree in Environmental Management also includes courses in SAFE coursework, industrial ventilation for environmental safety and health, environmental air quality and pollution prevention, water quality and waste water management and environmental remediation.

Through this diverse program coursework, you gain valuable environmental management job skills in developing control strategies, conducting accident investigations, creating risk reduction plans and increasing the impact of safety, health and environmental (SH&E) solutions in a global and societal context.


Excellence in Occupational Safety

  • UCM's Occupational Safety BS degree in Environmental Management program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Graduates from ABET-accredited programs have a proven educational foundation and lead the way in innovation, emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
  • A Most Focused College for Occupational Safety & Health Technology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities for environment degrees

With our Occupational Safety bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, you’ll get practical experience using innovative lab and field technology.

  • Internships: Get on-the-job experience and earn course credit with an internship. Opportunities, many of which are paid, are available through our alumni engagement program, faculty networks and industry connections. Many employers use internship programs as a way to hire full-time employees.
  • Learning lab: UCM has one of the top labs in the country for programs with health safety and environment degrees. You’ll have access to the latest equipment and techniques while learning from experienced faculty.
  • Experienced faculty: Our faculty is active in professional organizations and groups. They present at industry conferences and workshops to highlight the value of a degree in environmental management. Two faculty members have received the Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year award from the American Society of Safety Professionals. Another is a fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
  • Industry connections: Active chapters of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association are located in nearby Kansas City. Both chapters work closely with UCM Safety Sciences.


What can you do with an Occupational Safety Degree in Environmental Management from UCM?

An Environment degree in Occupational Safety from the University of Central Missouri will equip you for a well-paying career in safety, risk management, environmental remediation, air quality and pollution prevention, water quality, wastewater management, industrial ventilation and more.

Most students graduate in four years and work in environmental management jobs. Graduate school is also an option — UCM offers an MS in Occupational Safety Management and an MS in Industrial Hygiene.

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Explore environmental management jobs for health, safety and environment degree holders by using the interactive tool below. You’ll gain insights on environmental management jobs, salaries, outlooks and more.




Financial assistance options for your Environmental Management degree

Our Environmental Management option in the Occupational Safety BS program is a valuable investment in your future. In addition to our competitive tuition rates, UCM offers many resources to help you finance your college education.

A variety of scholarships are available to undergraduate students in the Environmental Management program:

  • Missouri Employers Mutual Full Tuition Scholarship, offered through the UCM Foundation
  • Construction Safety Group of Kansas City
  • American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation Scholarships
  • National Safety Council (NSC) Scholarship programs:
  • Women in Safety Scholarship
  • Billy D. Young Memorial Scholarship
  • Lorraine Pack Memorial Scholarship
  • Don B. Daily Safety Steel Intern Scholarship 
  • Missouri Asphalt Paving Association Scholarships

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


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After earning your Occupational Safety bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, you could deepen and broaden your knowledge and skills with a graduate degree at UCM.

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Program Student Outcomes

The following Student Outcomes align with the required General Criteria of the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and provide a foundation that prepares graduates to attain the BS Occupational Safety Program Educational Objectives:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

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 activities.
  • Develop, implement, and provide ongoing leadership for organizational SH&E programs.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum 2.2 cumulative GPA.
  • The grade of C or better must be attained in all designated safety, math, and science courses.
  • An assessment examination must be completed during the last semester of course work

Enrollment and graduation data

The UCM Campus Data Hub allows you to access enrollment and graduation data for the University and individual programs at: offices/university-analytics- and-institutional-research/ campus-data/index.php


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