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Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences (B.S.)

B.S., Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences

College of Health and Human Services

What You'll Do

When people go to work, they want to be in a safe and healthy environment. As a Safety, Health and Environmental Applied Sciences major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you can help to make that possible. At IUP, you’ll receive a strong academic and practical foundation for this profession, one on which businesses rely to help them control hazards and comply with safety, health, and environmental regulations enforced by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

You’ll be trained to anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazards and to develop hazard control methods, procedures, and programs. Some of the classes you’ll take are Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health, Hazardous Materials and Emergency Management, Fire Protection, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Management, Ergonomics, Air and Water Pollution, Environmental Stressors, Chemistry, Physics and Business. You’ll also be required to take an internship your senior year. The Cooperative Education Program offered by the Safety Sciences Department gives you the opportunity to work with safety professionals in industry. This is a full-time program that lasts a minimum of twelve weeks.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences will prepare you for employment as a safety, health, and environmental professional. This field is very broad and includes occupational safety, occupational health, environmental safety, fire protection, ergonomics, systems safety, emergency planning and response, and SHE management. The coursework also will prepare you for entry into graduate school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, good job opportunities are expected for those in the SHE profession. Safety, health, and environmental professionals are expected to see average job growth through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Special Features

  • IUP has educated more than 2,500 safety and health professionals over the past thirty-eight years, with employment placement rates consistently above 90 percent.
  • The Safety Sciences Bachelor of Science degree program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
  • The Safety Sciences Department has had a student chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for more than three decades; the chapter has won the Outstanding ASSE Student Section six times with the most recent being in 2010.
  • In 1993, Alpha Chapter of Rho Sigma Kappa was inaugurated at IUP. This honor society recognizes exemplary performance in safety sciences.