B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health

Program Description

Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; telephone 410-347-7700) accredits the Safety Technology undergraduate program.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health 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 Educational Objectives of Marshall University’s BS in Occupational Safety and Health have been developed to prepare graduates to achieve the professional accomplishments and recognition appropriate for successful careers in occupational safety and health including:

  1. Graduates will be able to apply a broad educational background in mathematics, science, technology, communications, and management to the challenges and demands of occupational safety and health in industrial, commercial, governmental, and service organizations of today’s global economy.
  2. Graduates will be able to apply critical thinking skills to the anticipation, identification, evaluation, prevention and control of occupational and environmental hazards relative to accident prevention, construction safety, environmental protection, emergency preparedness, ergonomics and human factors, fire prevention, hazardous materials safety, industrial hygiene, process safety, and occupational health.
  3. Graduates will be able to apply communication, problem solving, and team building skills to facilitate the continuous improvement of occupational safety, environmental health, and risk control management systems.
  4. Graduates will develop ethical, societal, and professional responsibility, recognize the limits of their knowledge, and pursue life-long learning opportunities to enhance their value to the organizations, communities and stakeholders they serve.

It is the responsibility of the Applied Science and Technology Department to ensure that baccalaureate degree students graduating from the Occupational Safety and Health Program at Marshall University will be able to demonstrate the following Student Outcomes with respect to the occupational safety and health profession:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify and solve applied science problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues

An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice

B.S. in Safety Technology

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Annual Enrollment 78 64 71 70 82
Graduation Data 12 9 18 16 14

Note: Enrollment is from the fall term of the year specified for the past five years. Graduations are for the Summer/Fall/Spring of the year specified.

Admission Requirements

General Marshall Admission requirements and a minimum MTH ACT of 19 (Math SAT 460).

B.S. Degree Requirements

View the Safety Technolgy, BS curriculum plan.

Minor Options

There are two minors offered in the Safety Technology program.

Occupational Safety and Health Minor (16 CH)

The courses in this minor include CHM and PHY prerequisites.

  • SFT 235 – Introduction to Safety (3 CH) – Note: this is a Marshall Plan International course
  • SFT 372 – Safety and Industrial Technology (3 CH)
  • SFT 373 – Principles of Ergonomics (3 CH)
  • SFT 373L – Principles of Ergonomics Lab (1 CH)
  • SFT 499 – Occupational Safety Program Management (3 CH)
  • Safety Elective (3 CH)

Safety Technology Minor (15 CH)

  • SFT 235 – Introduction to Safety (3 CH) – Note: This is a Marshall Plan International course
  • SFT 372 – Safety and Industrial Technology (3 CH)
  • SFT 375 – Construction Safety (3 CH)
  • Safety Electives (6 CH)


Contact Information

Do you have a question or comment? Please send us an email to cecs@marshall.edu

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