On January 24, 2012, the IUP University Senate approved a program change to the Safety Sciences Department’s B.S. undergraduate program. Beginning in the Fall 2012 semester, the Safety Sciences Department will offer a B.S. in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences, rather than a B.S. degree in Safety Sciences.
This change reflects the reality that most safety professionals perform health and environmental duties. This change also enhances the knowledge, skills, abilities, and job opportunities for our students. The new program builds on the current B.S. in Safety Sciences degree program. In addition to the current courses being taken, students will now take additional courses in safety, health and environmental communications, air and water pollution, industrial and environmental stressors, and ethics and professionalism. Also, some of the current courses are being updated to emphasize topics such as emergency management, process safety, and sustainability, which are increasingly relevant to the safety, health, and environmental profession. Other changes include providing students with more flexibility in choosing their business-related electives.
Incoming freshman for Fall 2012 will fall under the new program. Current students (e.g., sophomores, juniors, and seniors) can continue with their B.S. degree in Safety Sciences if they desire. Current freshmen are strongly encouraged to transition to the new program due to its increased breadth and relevancy.
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