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Safety Sciences

Opportunity in Action
with UCM's
Safety Sciences Program

Assistant Professor Wesley Tinker and recent graduate, Samantha Deason, describe how they put "Opportunity in Action" within the University of Central Missouri's safety sciences program. Located within UCM's School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety, the safety degrees are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Undergraduate students may select from a number of options to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety. Graduate degree offerings include a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene and a Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management.


Why Choose Occupational Safety at UCM?

The Safety Science Program provides diverse safety and health programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The curricula are designed to enhance the professional success of the student. The faculty will provide opportunities for the student to develop communication and problem solving skills, networking, and an understanding of safety and health values. You'll learn the safety sciences issues faced in local, national and global contexts, and how to identify technical solutions to occupational safety and health problems. In addition to achievement awards, UCM's safety programs have more than nine scholarships available to students.


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Earn your Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation along with your UCM BS degree!

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All Occupational Safety majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. A 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.

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Success is in the Statistics!

Employment Opportunities

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Career placement rates for safety science graduates are very high. We have so many calls for student interns, we need more students to fill them! Our students are extremely competitive in the job market and have earned excellent starting salaries.

Success and salary statistics for UCM grads!


Occupational Safety, Bachelor of Science Degree with 3 specializing options

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Occupational Safety BS (43-873) Option #1: Environmental Management (OS01) (120 hours)

The Occupational Safety program's Environmental Management option provides additional education on environmental remediation, air quality and pollution prevention, water quality, wastewater management, and industrial ventilation.

Learn more - Environmental option

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Occupational Safety BS (43-873) Option #2: Safety Management (OS02) (120 hours)

The Occupational Safety BS program's Safety Management option 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 and physics.

Learn more - Safety Management option


Occupational Safety BS (43-873) Option #3: Occupational Health Management (OS03) (120 hours)

The Occupational Safety BS program's Occupational Health Management 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.

Learn more - Occupational Health option



For students under the previous program...



This new, 3 option version is accredited by ABET, and replaces the previous ABET-accredited version of this degree, Occupational Safety and Health, BS (43-276) which is now available only to the students who started under and are now finishing up that program.

Previous program: Occupational Safety and Health, BS (43-276)


Environmental, Safety, & Risk Management, Bachelor of Science Degree (43-674) (120 hours)

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This Online BS degree completion program is specifically designed for transfer students. Designed to assist individuals with associate's degrees earn a BS degree in a highly competitive career field. Designed to maximize use of credit hours earned in an associate’s degree to accelerate time to graduation and reduce cost.


Learn more - Environmental, Safety, & Risk Management


Accelerated Bachelor to Master's Degree

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Occupational Safety BS/Occupational Safety Management MS (Accelerated Program)

Undergraduate UCM students may consult with their faculty advisor and complete a school application to declare the accelerated BS/MS in Occupational Safety. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, student in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.

Learn more - Occupational Safety BS/MS (Accelerated Program)



Master's Degrees

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Occupational Safety Management MS

This professional degree is offered to prepare students to assist management in the effective use of resources for the development, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive safety and health program in a variety of occupational settings.

Students are admitted into one of three areas based upon their education and work experience at the time of application. Students must specify which area they are seeking admission into. Once admitted into an area, students may not change areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and being approved by Safety Sciences.


Learn more - Occupational Safety Management MS Program


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Industrial Hygiene MS

The highly specialized industrial hygiene degree provides an excellent advanced career path.

Learn more - Industrial Hygiene MS Program


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, 3rd Edition.) Read more about the safety profession from the American Society of Safety Professionals.

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
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Insurance
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Airlines
  • Utilities
  • 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 Board of Certified Safety Professionals' document: BCSP's 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 programs.

Program Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety will be able to:

1. Anticipate, recognize and evaluate hazards for the development of control strategies through the application of math, science, business and risk management concepts.

2. Formulate, design, implement and evaluate safety, health and/or environmental programs.

3. Communicate professionally both verbally and in writing as an individual and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team.

4. Identify and interpret applicable standards, regulations, and codes in a global society.

5. Conduct an accident investigation including root cause analysis and development of a corrective action plan.

6. 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).

7. Design and conduct experiments and formulate an analysis and interpretation of associated qualitative, semi-quantitative and/or quantitative data.

8. Apply SH&E knowledge and principles in an internship, cooperative, or supervised experience.

9. Understand and communicate professional and ethical codes.

10. Develop the business case and demonstrate the value of SH&E interventions

11. Develop SH&E training utilizing appropriate adult learning theories and techniques to meet diversity in occupational settings.

12. Articulate the need to maintain technical professional competency of contemporary issues in order to understand the impact of SH&E solutions in a global and societal context.

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


Safety Sciences Faculty

About our Faculty:
The student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention.
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. 

Safety Sciences Faculty

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Leigh Ann Blunt, EdD, CSP

School Chair
School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety
Humphreys 225
(660) 543-4963

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Mr. Anthony Hirner, MS, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 329D
(660) 543-8764

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Ms. Linda Lengfellner, MS, ASP, CSP

Associate Instructor/Online/Environmental Management
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 329C
(660) 543-4412

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Mr. Michael Mulhall, MA, MS, CSP, CHMM,

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 325C
(660) 543-4626

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Ms. Monica Nevels, MS, ASP, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 325B
(660) 543-8454

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Vencislav Parvanov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 325A
(660) 543-8534

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Tsvetan Popov, PhD, CIH

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 324
(660) 543-4442

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Mr. Wayne Schenk, MS

Instructor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 322
(660) 543-4017

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Mr. Wesley Tinker, MS, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 318
(660) 543-8953

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Miaozong Wu, PhD, ARM, LMU, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety/Industrial Hygiene
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 320
(660) 543-4411

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John Zey, EdD, CIH

Industrial Hygiene
Humphreys 329B
(660) 543-4410



How can I get involved outside the classroom?

At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects.In Occupational Safety and Health, there are several involvement opportunities:

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At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects.
In Occupational Safety and Health, there are several involvement opportunities:



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