Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Technology offers students the opportunity of preparing for entry-level positions in industry, governmental agencies, and related service industries. The need for Safety Professionals has expanded due to Federal and State legislation governing safety and health in the workplace and an increase in public awareness of safety and health factors.
The safety profession is an occupational field concerned with the preservation of both human and material resources through the application of various principles drawn from such disciplines as engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics and management. “Safety Science” is a term for everything that goes into the prevention of accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions and other events which damage people, property and the environment.
The program is accredited by and follows the recommendations of the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the B.S. in Safety Technology degree program, an applicant must have a minimum composite ACT of 19 (composite SAT of 900), a 2.0 high school grade point average, and a minimum Math ACT of 19 (MTH SAT of 460).

B.S. Degree Requirements

For students admitted in the fall of 2008 (or after):

A. Program General Requirements (33 – 37 CH)

I. Orientation (1 CH)

  • UNI 101: New Student Seminar (1 CH)

II. Fine Arts/Humanities (3 CH)

Student should choose ONE course from the following:

  • Art (3 CH)
  • Theater (3 CH)
  • Music (3 CH)
  • Religion (3 CH)
  • Philosophy 302, 303, or 304 (3 CH)

III. Communications Studies (15 CH)

The following courses are required:

  • ENG 101: English Composition I (3 CH)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • ENG 102 – English Composition II (3 CH)
    • ENG 201 – English Honors (3 CH)
  • ENG 354 – Scientific and Technical Writing (3 CH)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CMM 103 – Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 CH)
    • CMM 207 – (3 CH)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CMM 302 – (3 CH)
    • CMM 319 – (3 CH)

IV. Mathematics (5 – 9 CH)

The mathematics a student must take will depend upon several factors such as student’s ACT score and mathematics proficiency. A student may need to take additional math courses to be brought up to an acceptable level. It is very important for the student to talk to their advisor.

Score of 19 or 20 on Math ACT

  • Math 127 (4 hrs.) and Math 122 (3 hrs.) – (7 CH Total)

Score of 21-22 on Math ACT

  • Math 130 (3 hrs.) and Math 122 (3 hrs.) – (6 CH Total)

Score of 23-26 on Math ACT

  • Math 132

Note: Math 140 or Math 229 should also be considered if the student is considering graduate school.

V. Social Sciences (9 CH)

  • Multicultural(3 CH)
  • International: Six hours of any two courses selected from the approved list. This list varies each semester.
  • Geography 100 or 203 is generally recommended.

Note: The Marshall Plan requires the student to take a Writing Intensive Course (W).
The B.S. degree is an accredited program by ASAC/ABET. Students must be able to demonstrate “proficiency” in the areas of mathematics and statistics; chemistry, physics, and sciences; communication studies; psychology and physiology; and major field of study, i.e. safety. To demonstrate proficiency in the areas, a grade of no less than “C” in all courses listed below is required. Students are reminded that a 2.00 GPA overall and in area of specialization is required.

B. Basic Studies for Safety Technology Program (50 CH)

  • CHM 211: Principles of Chemistry I (3 CH)
  • CHM 217: Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (2 CH)
  • CHM 212: Principles of Chemistry II (3 CH)
  • CHM 218: Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (2 CH)
  • CHM 204: General Chemistry II (3 CH)
  • PHY 201: General Physics I (3 CH)
  • PHY 201: General Physics Laboratory I (1 CH)
  • PHY 201: General Physics II (3 CH)
  • PHY 201: General Physics Laboratory II (1 CH)
  • Choose one of the following
    • Biology 104
    • Biology 120

    I. College of Science lab-course

  • BSC 105: Introduction to Biology (4 CH)
  • BSC 121(PR BSC 120): Principles of Biology (4 CH)
  • CHM 327: Intro to Organic Chemistry (5 CH)
  • GLY 110 and GLY 210L: General Geology 3 (1 CH)
  • Other lab–science as approved by advisor (NOT CHM 203 – 3 hrs) (4 CH)
  • Other Lab-Science with advisor approval (4 CH)
  • II. Management Courses (3 CH Total)

  • Student should choose ONE course from the following:
    • MGT 320: Principles of Mgt (3 CH)
    • MGT 419: Business and Society (3 CH)
    • MGT 424: Personnel Management (3 CH)
    • MGT 425: Industrial Relations (3 CH)
    • ACC 215: Principles of Accounting (3 CH)

    III. Statistics Courses (3 CH Total)

  • Student should choose ONE course from the following:
    • MTH 225: Introductory Statistics (3 CH)
    • PSY 223: Elem. Behav. Statistics (3 CH)
    • MGT 218: Business Statistics (3 CH)

    IV. Psychology Courses (6 HCH Total)

  • PSY 201: General Psychology (3 CH)
  • PSY 420: Introduction to Industrial Org Psy (3 CH)
  • ESS 201: Anatomy/Physiology Scientific Foundations (3 CH)
  • Engineering-Related Course (3 CH)
  • ENGR 221: Engineering Economy (3 CH)
  • V. Professional Safety Core (33 CH Total)

    Note: Courses in this area MAY NOT be taken under the Credit/No Credit option.

  • SFT 235: Introduction to Safety Education (3 CH)
  • SFT 340: Industrial Fire Prevention (3 CH)
  • SFT 372: Safety and Industrial Technology I (3 CH)
  • SFT 373: Principles in Ergonomics and Human Factors (3 CH)
  • SFT 373L: Principles of Ergonomics Lab (1 CH)
  • SFT 375: Construction Safety (3 CH)
  • SFT 454: Industrial Environmental Protection (3 CH)
  • SFT 454L: Industrial Env Protection Lab (2 CH)
  • SFT 460: Safety Training Methods (3 CH)
  • SFT 465: Incident Investigation
  • SFT 489: Process Safety Management (3 CH)
  • SFT 498: Env Safety and Health Legislation (3 CH)
  • SFT 499: Org, Admin & Supervision of Safety Prog (3 CH)
  • SFT 490: Safety Internship- Capstone Experience (3 CH)

C. Occupational Safety Electives (6 CH)

* Student must select 6 hours

  • SFT 378: Safety Evaluation (3 CH)
  • SFT 453: International Safety and (3 CH)
  • SFT 458: Hospital Safety
  • SFT 497: Occupational Safety & Health Program (3 CH)
  • SFT 480-483: Special Topics (3 CH)
  • SFT 485-488: Independent Study (1-4 CH)
  • Choose one of the following
    • SFT 491-494: Workshop (1-4 CH)
    • Other SFT electives approved by advisor

D. Qualified Free Elective:

* Advisor approval needed
Suggested options :

  • CMM 408 Leadership and Group Communication (CMM dept permission needed)
  • CMM 409 Theories of Persuasion and Change
  • CMM 420 Communication and Conflict
  • HS 222 First Aid (recommended to take senior year since certification is provided)
  • HS 215 Intro to Athletic Training

A minimum of 128 hours is required for graduation.

Four Year Curriculum Plan Template

The following plans are samples; please consult an advisor when creating your own plan of study.

Plan 1 (MTH ACT 19-22; MTH SAT 460-530)

Freshman Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
UNI 101 – New Student Seminar 1 Fine Arts/Humanities 3
SFT 235 – Introduction to Safety Education 3 SFT 372 – Safety and Industrial Technology I 3
ENG 101 – English Composition I 3 ENG 102 – English Composition II 3
CMM 103 or CMM 207 3 BSC 104 or 120 4
MTH 127 OR MTH 130 (4 hrs) 5 MTH 122 3
Total 13-15 Total 16

Sophomore Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
SFT 340 – Industrial Fire Prevention 3 SFT 373 – Principles in Ergonomics and Human Factors 3
SFT 375 – Construction Safety 3 SFT 373L – Principles of Ergonomics Lab 1
PSY 201 – General Psychology 3 SFT 465 – Incident Investigation 3
PHY 201 – General Physics I 3 PHY 203 – General Physics II 3
PHY 202 – General Physics Laboratory I 1 PHY 204 – General Physics Laboratory 1
CMM 302 or 319 3 One of the following: MTH 225, PSY 223, MGT 218 Elective/Soc Sci* 3
Total 16 Total 17

Junior Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
SFT 489 – Process Safety Management 3 SFT 498 – Env Safety and Health Legislation 3
SFT 460 – Safety Training Methods 3 SFT Elective 3
CHM 211 – Principles of Chemistry I 3 CHM 212 – Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 217- Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I 2 CHM 218 – Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II 2
Soc Science (SOC 200, GEO 100 or 203 recommended)* 3 ESS 201 – Anatomy/Physiology Scientific Foundations 3
ENGR 221 – Engineering Economy 3 ENG 354 – Scientific and Technical Writing 3
Total 17 Total 17

Senior Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
SFT 454 – Industrial Environmental Protection 3 SFT 490** – Safety Internship- Capstone Experience 3-12
SFT 454L – Industrial Env Protection Lab 2 SFT 499 – Org, Admin & Supervision of Safety Prog 3
SFT Elective 3 Science course (w Advisor Approval) 4
CHM 204 – General Chemistry II 3 PSY 420 – Introduction to Industrial Org Psy 3
Qualified Free Elective 3 Soc Science (SOC 200, GEO 100 or 203 recommended)* 3
One of the following: ACC 215, MGT 320, 419, 424, or 425 3
Total 17 Total 16

Plan 2 (minimum MTH ACT 23 or MTH SAT 540)

Freshman Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
UNI 101 – New Student Seminar 1 Fine Arts/Humanities 3
SFT 235 – Introduction to Safety Education 3 SFT 372 – Safety and Industrial Technology I 3
ENG 101 – English Composition I 3 ENG 102 – English Composition II 3
CHM 211 – Principles of Chemistry I 3 CHM 212 – Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 217 – Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I 2 CHM 218 – Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II 2
MTH 132 or MTH 229 or MTH 229H 5 One of the following: MTH 225, PSY 223, MGT 218 3
Total 17 Total 17

Sophomore Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
SFT 340 – Industrial Fire Prevention 3 SFT 373 – Principles in Ergonomics and Human Factors 3
SFT 375 – Construction Safety 3 SFT 373L – Principles of Ergonomics Lab 1
PSY 201 – General Psychology 3 SFT 465 – Incident Investigation 3
PHY 201 – General Physics I 3 PHY 203 – General Physics II 3
PHY 202 – General Physics Laboratory I 1 PHY 204 – General Physics Laboratory 1
CMM 103 or CMM 207 3 CMM 302 or 319 3
Elective/Soc Sci* 3
Total 16 Total 17

Junior Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
SFT 489 – Process Safety Management 3 SFT 498 – Env Safety and Health Legislation 3
SFT 460 – Safety Training Methods 3 SFT Elective 3
CHM 204 – General Chemistry II 3 BSC 104 or 120 4
ESS 201 – Anatomy/Physiology Scientific Foundations 3 ENG 354 – Scientific and Technical Writing 3
Soc Science (SOC 200, GEO 100 or 203 recommended)* 3 PSY 420 – Introduction to Industrial Org Psy 3
Total 15 Total 16

Senior Year

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
SFT 454 – Industrial Environmental Protection 3 SFT 490** – Safety Internship- Capstone Experience 3-12
SFT 454L – Industrial Env Protection Lab 2 SFT 499 – Org, Admin & Supervision of Safety Prog 3
SFT Elective 3 Science course( w Advisor Approval) 4
Qualified Free Elective 3 PSY 420 – Introduction to Industrial Org Psy 3
One of the following: ACC 215, MGT 320, 419, 424, or 425 3 Soc Science (SOC 200, GEO 100 or 203 recommended)* 3
Total 14 Total 16-25

* Marshall Plan Requirements for SFT: 3 hrs Multicultural; 6 hrs International; 3 hrs Writing Intensive; Capstone

** SFT 490 is often taken in Summer

Minor Options

There are two minors offered in the Safety Technology program.

Occupational Safety and Health Minor (16 hrs)

The courses in this minor include CHM and PHY prerequisites.

  • SFT 235 – Introduction to Safety (3 hrs)

    Note: this is a Marshall Plan International course
  • SFT 372 – Safety and Industrial Technology (3 hrs)
  • SFT 373 – Principles of Ergonomics (3 hrs)
  • SFT 373L – Principles of Ergonomics Lab (1 hr)
  • SFT 499 – Occupational Safety Program Management (3 hrs)
  • Safety Elective (3 hrs)

Safety Technology Minor (15 hrs)

  • SFT 235 – Introduction to Safety (3 hrs)

    Note: This is a Marshall Plan International course
  • SFT 372 – Safety and Industrial Technology (3 hrs)
  • SFT 375 – Construction Safety (3 hrs)
  • Safety Electives (6 hrs)

Program-Related Links

www.asse.org – American Society of Safety Engineers
www.worldsafety.org – World Safety Organization
www.onlinehealthresources.com/Occupational-Health-and-Safety – Occupational Health and Safety resources
http://www.asse.org/foundation/publications/careerguide.php – Career Guide to the Safety Profession
www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers/construction/index.html – OSHA – Teen Workers: Build a Safe Work Foundation
www.webguru.neu.edu/index.php – The Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGuru)