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COR in Safety Science: Safety Management

The Department of Safety Sciences offers a program of study leading to a Certificate of Recognition.

The Certificate of Recognition Program is designed for those individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree and have safety program activities as peripheral responsibilities within an organization. It should also be noted that the Certificate of Recognition Program could also serve as a foundation for those individuals who would like to pursue a graduate program in safety but do not have an undergraduate degree in safety. Professionals who would benefit from these certificates are human resource managers, occupational health and environmental health professionals, or others who have safety as a peripheral responsibility.

The Certificate of Recognition Program in Safety Sciences–Safety Management is a 12-credit program that introduces the students to the fundamentals of occupational safety. The fundamentals will stress the recognition, evaluation, and control of common workplace hazards.

Program Objectives

After completing the Certificate of Recognition Program in Safety Sciences–Safety Management, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop safety programs that address common safety hazards in industry as well as compliance with federal regulations.
  2. Recognize, evaluate, and control common safety hazards in industry associated with the workplace.
  3. Expand his/her knowledge level in specific safety topics based on individual and workplace needs.
  4. Provide leadership within the organization as well as in professional organizations regarding the promotion of workplace safety in industry.
  5. Utilize research and problem-solving skills to address workplace safety issues in industry.

Admission Criteria

Admission into the Certificate of Recognition program follows the same admission procedures as those established for a degree program. For this program, that includes a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.6 CGPA. As with the M.S. in Safety Sciences, there is no requirement for the GRE.

Program Requirements

All students will be required to complete successfully a total of 12 credits, of which nine hours are core courses. The student must choose the remaining three hours in elective courses.

Required Core Courses (9 cr.)

SAFE 644 Preventing Unsafe Acts 3 cr.
SAFE 645 Principles of Occupational Safety 3 cr.
SAFE 667 Principles of Occupational Health 3 cr.

Elective Courses (3 cr.)

Select one course from the following:

SAFE 541 Accident Investigation 3 cr.
SAFE 543 Construction Safety 3 cr.
SAFE 623 Advanced Safety Administration 3 cr.
SAFE 673 Disaster Preparedness 3 cr.

Students may transfer hours earned in the certificate program to a Master of Science degree in Safety Sciences. SAFE 667 Principles of Occupational Health and SAFE 645 Principles of Occupational Safety will not count toward the M.S. in Safety Sciences.

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