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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The highly specialized industrial hygiene degree provides an excellent advanced career path.
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.
Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to, the following:
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.
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.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety will be prepared to attain the following objectives:
At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and
In Occupational Safety and Health, there are several involvement opportunities: