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Safety Minor

The impact of safety professionals is hard to measure. Imagine how many employees avoid accidents at work because of people in occupational safety and health jobs. Students who pursue a minor in Safety at the University of Central Missouri learn skills in caring for people’s well-being, the company’s property and the environment. 

Reach your goal of earning a Safety minor from UCM’s Safety Science Program in as little as two years. Professionally certified faculty advise our undergraduate students every step of the way, from the classroom to internships that offer real-world experience. Our program’s 40-year history means you benefit from a proven curriculum. We also boast a great location near Kansas City — a hub of industry and professional organizations in the safety science field.

Online Safety Science program

As an undergraduate student in the University of Central Missouri’s Safety minor, you can expect a class size of 20 to 35 students with in-person learning. The Safety Science program also offers online and hybrid options, as well as summer classes, for minors in Safety. At UCM, you can discover the answer to, “What is occupational safety and health administration?”

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ABET-accredited Safety Science program

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Earn GSP designation with the BS degree

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Qualified Academic Program via BCSP

What you will study

Transition easily into a variety of occupational safety and health jobs upon earning your bachelor’s degree, with a minor in Safety. Our Safety Science program focuses on applied concepts of the field. As a minor in UCM’s Safety Science program, you may take undergraduate courses such as: 

  • Safety Legislation
  • Environmental Compliance 
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Ergonomics

Labs offering state-of-the-art equipment also prime you for occupational safety jobs. “What is occupational safety and health administration?” is a question best answered with experience.


Excellence in Occupational Safety

  • The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) recognized UCM’s Safety Science program as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP).
  • A Most Focused College for Occupational Safety & Health Technology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in safety science

What is occupational safety and health administration in the real world? At UCM, our students find out with experiences such as:

  • Internships: Work for a local company to round out your real-world experience with a minor in UCM’s Safety Science program. Employers often hire interns for full-time occupational safety jobs.
  • Networking: Mingle with safety science professionals from the Active Heart of America chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and American Industrial Hygiene Association in nearby Kansas City.
  • Getting involved: Get the most out of your time at UCM by joining on-campus professional organizations. Participate in conferences, workshops and webinars featuring ASSP, BCSP and safety science faculty guest speakers.


What can you do with a minor in the Safety Science program from UCM?

95% of our undergraduate students say they feel ready to work right after graduation. UCM Safety minors excel in occupational safety and health jobs in fields such as:

  • Oil and gas
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Government

You can also take your bachelor’s degree plus a minor from the Safety Science program and explore one of our graduate school programs. What is occupational safety and health administration at the next level? Find out with an MS in Occupational Safety Management or Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri.
Explore more occupational safety jobs available for undergraduate students in the Safety Science program, including minors, with our interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Safety minor

The University of Central Missouri will work with you to identify the best ways to finance your education. Consider that 94% of UCM undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. In addition to scholarships available for all students, majors and minors in the Safety Science program may qualify for scholarships such as:

  • Construction Safety Group of Kansas City Scholarship

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

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Take your degree further.


A minor from UCM’s Safety Science program, along with a bachelor’s degree, provides a strong foundation for one of our graduate programs:

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