Safety Management, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies
The Department of Safety Management offers a hands-on, practical, and applied Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Management. The B.S. in Safety Management is designed to assure development of competencies which enable innovative approaches in the establishment and direction of comprehensive safety programs in educational, governmental, private business and industrial enterprises. Safety Management involves protecting and preserving people, property, productivity and the environment. The curriculum fosters an education that enables students to become responsible, knowledgeable and accountable safety professionals. The Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Management at Slippery Rock University meets the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) requirements as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP). The Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Management is an Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) Board approved Degree Program.
The Department of Safety Management also operates a National Resource Center-WVU OSHA Training Institute Education Center Host Site. The Department adheres to the OSHA requirements that an instructor be physically in the classroom with a maximum number of 40 students. Students who successfully complete SAFE 218 (General Industry) and SAFE 258 (Construction) are eligible to receive OSHA cards. The Cards are an added value to the courses. However, a student must meet all the OSHA requirements to receive the Cards. Cards are issued at the discretion of the Instructor and enrollment in the courses does not entitle the student to the Cards. The Department is also able to offer approximately 40 OSHA courses.
For Safety Management laboratory courses, the Department of Safety Management attempts to follow the recommendation of both the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) which is to have the lesser of 24 students per lab, and the design capacity of the room, or 55 sq. ft. per student for lecture/lab combo rooms and 45 sq. ft. per student for only lab rooms.
- All Transfer, Readmit, Change of Major, and Post Baccalaureate students must have an overall GPA of 2.25 before admitted to the Safety Management Major.
- Mid-term grades are not to be calculated when determining GPA for entry into the Safety Management Major.
- Once admitted to the Safety Management major, all students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a Major GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Management. It is solely the students’ responsibility to monitor and meet this requirement.
- The Safety Management Department does not process any Change of Major requests two weeks prior to, or during any registration period.
Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Upon graduation (must apply within one year), Slippery Rock University Safety Majors are eligible for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation which waives the Associate Safety Professionals (ASP) examination and provides a pathway to the professional certification of a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Upon four years of qualifying experience, Safety Management graduates are eligible to sit for the CSP examination. Accredited by the American Standards Institute and the National Council on Competency Assessment.
For additional information, visit: www.bcsp.org
The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM)
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Management is an IHMM approved Degree Program. Upon graduation, Slippery Rock University Safety Majors are eligible for the Associate Safety and Health Manager Certification (ASHM) designation since the examination is waived. The ASHM provides a pathway to the professional certification of a Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM). Upon two years of qualifying experience, Safety Management graduates are eligible to sit for the CSHM examination. Accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards.
The internship offers students the opportunity to obtain firsthand experience in the work place. Students are provided the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques learned in the classroom to the workplace environment. The internship program is administered in cooperation with a variety of organizations, including government, industry, insurance, health care and other related enterprises, The 12-week, 12-credit internship is offered only during the summer term, with the majority of interns receiving compensation.
Contact the Department of Safety Management for the most current requirements.
Safety Management Department Attendance Policy
Attend and participate in class. There is no distinction between “excused and unexcused”. When you are absent from class, you are absent. It is your responsibility to find out what was covered that day. As a Safety major, in order to prepare you for a career as a professional Safety practitioner, you are expected to attend class regularly and promptly. Attendance Policy requirements are noted on course instruction syllabus.
Electronic Device Use In Class
Electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, video games, etc. are not permitted on and must be put away during class. Student must obtain instructor’s permission to use a laptop or any word processing device in the classroom. Also, no tape recording of class unless permission is given by the instructor. Electronic device use requirements are noted on course instructor syllabus.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Professional Interaction: To interact and communicate with managerial, supervisory, labor and external public using a combination of communication, training, and technological skills for a clear exchange of ideas and information. These skills include: integrating different media in a variety of professional settings, using computers and other informational technology, using data, listening and comprehending the viewpoints of others, and effectively presenting information in oral and written formats.
- Professional Decision Making: To use critical and creative thinking in preserving enterprise resources, solving problems, making decisions and gaining new insights in professional decision-making. These skills include: clarifying and justifying assumptions, reasoning with considerations of implications and consequences, inferring and drawing conclusions, and evaluating the historical, financial, legal and political decisions that impact on the safety function.
- Professional Ethics and Responsibility: To value the need for lifelong personal and professional development and mandate for ethical, responsible, and accountable professional practice or performance which includes a sensitivity to and affirmation of moral values in an evolving technologic and litigious society.
- Professional Competence and Application: To synthesize the body of knowledge of safety and environmental management as a basis for the performance of the skills and abilities required for an entry-level professional. This ability includes applying research findings to assure currency in the practice and the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice within the profession.
Graduation GPA Requirement
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
|Liberal Studies Requirements||45-46|
|Other Basic Requirements||0-3|
* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits. Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.
Liberal Studies Requirements
See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices
|Goal Course Requirements|
|ENGL 102||Critical Writing||3|
|ENGL 104||Critical Reading||3|
|COMM 200||Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice||3|
|Goal - US||3|
|Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships|
|Complete 3 credits||3|
|Science, Technology & Math|
|CHEM 104||Introduction Chemistry I 1||3|
|or CHEM 107||General Chemistry I|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Elementary Statistics I 1|
|Calculus I 1|
|Challenges of the Modern Age|
|Enrichment Course Requirements|
|Select one course from three of the following Enrichment areas:||9|
Course can be counted as a Liberal Studies Requirement, but earns credit only one toward your 120-credits total
Basic Math Requirement
Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.
|Complete one of the following:||0-3|
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
|Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:||0-3|
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
|Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts|
|Introduction to Computing and Programming|
|Technology for Wellness|
- 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
- 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
|Required Professional Courses|
|SAFE 118||Introduction to Safety 1||3|
|SAFE 218||Legislative Compliance-General Industry 1||3|
|SAFE 248||Hazardous Materials & Waste Management 1||3|
|SAFE 258||Construction Safety 1||3|
|SAFE 318||Principles of Industrial Hygiene 1||3|
|SAFE 319||Principles of Industrial Hygiene II 1||3|
|SAFE 328||Comprehensive Emergency Management and Fire Services 1||3|
|SAFE 338||Ergonomics and Human Factors 1||3|
|SAFE 368||Injury and Damage Incidents Evaluation 1||3|
|SAFE 408||Contemporary Safety Topics and Issues 1||3|
|SAFE 448||Management and Integration of Safety 1||3|
|SAFE 450||Internship 1||12|
|SAFE 488||Safety Training and Development 1||3|
|Select 6 credits of the following:||6|
|Motor Transportation Fleet Safety 1|
|Energy Exploration and Generation 1|
|Security in the Workplace 1|
|Environmental Permitting and Sustainability 1|
|Required Support Courses|
|MGMT 351||Organizational Behavior 2||3|
|MGMT 354||Human Resources Management 2||3|
Course counts for 50% of Major and Major GPA
Course counts for 50% of Major requirements but not for Major GPA
Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.
Additional Required Courses
|CHEM 104||Introduction Chemistry I||3|
|or CHEM 107||General Chemistry I|
|CHEM 106||Introductory Chemistry II||3|
|or CHEM 108||General Chemistry II|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Elementary Statistics I|
Important Curriculum Guide Notes
This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.
PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions
SAFETY MANAGEMENT - BS (2176)
This program is effective as of Summer 2015.