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FAQ - Undergraduate

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 science' 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 Engineers.

What is a GSP?

All Occupational Safety and Health majors and Industrial Hygiene graduate students are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation upon graduation. A GSP is an alternate path to the professional certification of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Only students who graduate from ABET accredited bachelor's or master's degree programs in safety, health, and environmental practices are eligible for the GSP, making it highly respected. For more information on GSP visit

Am I Required to Do an Internship?

An internship is required for Occupational Safety and Health. Students in Occupational Safety are required to complete an internship or a practicum. Internships are highly encouraged and most students take at least one. Internships are paid experiences that engage students in the profession, providing valuable experience that complements the educational course work and helps pave the way to full time employment. Practicum is unpaid experiential work designed to provide hands-on practical experiences.

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 employment outlook, see the Career Guide to the Safety Profession.

What about Career Placement?

UCM and the Safety Sciences programs have excellent placement rates. In 2011-2012, when a Business, Industry or Government employer called UCM Career Services to recruit students with a specific major, the top four majors requested were all Safety Sciences degrees. Our students are extremely competitive in the job market at have earned excellent starting salaries.

Where can I find student enrollment and graduation data?

UCM publishes a Fact Book with enrollment infomation and graduation data for the University and individual programs.

Which Safety Science degree best fits my career goals?

If you can schedule a campus visit we will be happy to meet with you one-on-one to discuss which option best fits your goals. If you cannot visit campus, contact Leigh Ann Blunt at