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BS in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences

SMALL PROGRAM WITH A NATIONAL REPUTATION Hands-on learning that’s always focused on real-world applications and taught by industry professionals — this makes the IUP Safety Sciences program one of the best in the United States, as our graduates’ success shows.

Take charge of health and safety in the workplace

Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control. These are the critical skills you will need in your primary job focus: “the prevention of harm to people, property, and the environment.”

You also need to be ready for the competitive marketplace because more and more people are pursuing careers in the safety sciences.

As one of the first universities to offer a safety sciences degree and one of only 15 that are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, IUP’s BS in Safety Sciences is rigorous and nationally renowned.

You will be challenged, and the faculty will closely watch your progress. You will have a solid foundation in the natural sciences, math, and business. You will gain real world experience both in laboratories and during your internship. You will determine which industries most interest you, and sign up for work experiences through our cooperative education program during the summers of your sophomore and junior years. You will be ready and noticed.

The BS degree meets the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) standards as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP). As a QAP, graduates of the BS degree are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation from the BCSP. Graduates with this designation receive a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals Examination and the recognition they are proceeding toward the CSP safety certification.

Educational Objectives: BS in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences

  1. During their first five years after graduation, graduates working as safety, health and environmental professionals will demonstrate abilities to:
    • Anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices 
    • Develop hazard control methods, procedures and programs
    • Implement, administer and advise others on hazard controls and hazard control programs
    • Measure, audit and evaluate the effectiveness of hazard controls and hazard control programs
  1. Graduates will continue their professional growth and the integration of new knowledge into their profession.
  2. Graduates will act in a professional and ethical manner. 

Student Outcomes: BS in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences

At the time of graduation, students will:

  1. Recognize fundamental aspects of SHE which will include the following areas: general industry and construction safety, industrial hygiene, systems safety, SHE regulations, fire safety, safety management, ergonomics, environmental sciences, emergency management, risk assessment, and hazardous materials.
  1. Anticipate, identify, and evaluate potentially hazardous agents, conditions, and practices and develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures, and programs both in the classroom and while completing an internship.
  2. Identify and apply applicable SHE standards, regulations, and codes.
  3. Recognize the physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body.
  4. Understand air and water pollution fundamentals and control technologies.
  5. Identify and apply environmental permitting, sampling, and measurement methodologies.
  6. Understand hazardous materials/waste recognition, management, and remediation strategies.
  7. Apply fundamental qualitative and quantitative exposure and risk assessment techniques as well as SHE data interpretation, including statistical and epidemiological principles.
  8. Apply business and risk management concepts as it applies to SHE program management.
  9. Complete an accident investigation, a root cause analysis, and an incident trend analysis.
  10. Develop or evaluate and make recommendations to improve SHE programs.
  11. Apply adult learning theories in the completion of SHE training.
  12. Solve applied science problems in algebra, statistics, human physiology and anatomy, physics, and chemistry, including the ability to conduct experiments in prerequisite courses and SHE applied sciences courses.
  13. Develop a Five Year Professional Development Plan, and understand the benefits of membership in professional SHE organizations.
  14. Communicate effectively, both orally and in written materials.
  15. Work in multidisciplinary teams while completing coursework and while on an internship.
  16. Understand contemporary SHE issues within a global and social context.
  17. Understand professional and ethical responsibility, and act in a professional and ethical manner while in the classroom and on their internship.
  • Safety Sciences Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 117
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3017
  • Fax: 724-357-3992
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.