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Undergraduate Programs

Occupational Safety and Health, B.S.

The Occupational Safety and Health program is the only ASAC/ABET safety accredited Occupational Safety and Health degree program in Missouri, and it is one of only eight undergraduate accredited programs in safety in the U.S.

Occupational Safety and Health majors will gain the knowledge necessary to identify technical and scientific solutions to safety and health related problems through hands-on experience in and out of the classroom. Students have opportunity to:

  • Develop the skills necessary to protect people, property and the environment.
  • Analyze the importance of contemporary safety science and technology issues on a global scale.
  • Develop a passion for lifelong learning in safety-specific competencies.
  • Perfect the ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing.
  • Apply professional integrity and ethical standards.

Graduates of this program will have earned the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation.

Career opportunities include:

  • Safety Engineer
  • Safety Manager
  • Fire Inspector
  • Health and Safety Consultant
  • Environmental Health Specialist

View the four-year plan for Occupational Safety and Health.

UCM students seeking to graduate from this program must have:

  • Minimum 2.2 cumulative GPA.
  • Completed a course in college algebra (or higher math), Chem 1104, Chem 1604, and Phys 1103, with a grade of C or higher in all four.

Program of Study

Occupational Safety, B.S.

This program gives you the skills necessary to have a successful career in the safety industry. As an Occupational Safety major, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Select one of three major specializations
    • Environmental Management
    • Occupational Health Management
    • Safety Management
  • Gain hands-on experience.
  • Develop an awareness of legal, professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Study contemporary Safety Science issues faced in local, national and global contexts.
  • Identify solutions to occupational safety and health problems using business principle models.
  • Understand the importance of continuous professional development.

Explore what career opportunities await you with a degree in Occupational Safety.

View the four-year plan for Occupational Safety.

UCM students seeking to graduate from this program must have:

  • A minimum of a 2.2 cumulative GPA.

Program of Study


Minoring in a safety science provides you with the chance to apply business and risk management practices in your relevant discipline, making you an asset to your future colleagues and employer.

Learn more about our minors:

    Fire Science Minor for a B.S. Degree

    Minor Requirements


    Safe 1800

    Introduction to Fire Science


    Safe 2800

    Fire Prevention & Protection


    Safe 3015 Emergency Preparedness

    Safe 4800

    Water & Sprinkler Systems Analysis


    Safe 4810

    Fire Extinguishing & Alarm Sys.


    Safe 4830

    Fire Investigation


    UCM does not confer teacher certification for this minor.

    Safety Minor for a B.S. Degree

    Minor Requirements


    Safe 1000 Exploring Safety Sciences
    Safe 2900 Applied Sciences for Professional Studies

    Safe 3000

    Prin. of Accident Causation & Prev.


    Safe 3430 Industrial Hazard Control

    Safe 4425

    Safety & Health Legislation & Standards


    Safe 4435 Environmental Compliance
    Choose 2 from the following
    Safe 3120 Industrial Hygiene 3
    Safe 4000 Ergonomics in S&H 3
    Safe 4025 Work Comp & Legal Aspects 3
    Safe 4215 Transportation & Storage of Haz Mat 3
    Safe 4510 Loss Control 3
    Safe 4515 High Hazard Industries 3

    UCM does not confer teacher certification for this minor. Students seeking Occupational Safety, B.S. or the Occupational Safety and Health, B.S. are restricted from pursuing a Safety minor.