Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Safety Management, Bachelor of Science (BS)

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 additional 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.

GPA Policy

  • 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.

Professional Certifications

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.

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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.

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Internship Program

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.

Related Links

Safety Management, BS Program Page

Safety Management Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
Major GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42-43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements60

* 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics I
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 106Introductory Chemistry II3
or CHEM 108 General Chemistry II
Physical Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 104Introduction Chemistry I3
or CHEM 107 General Chemistry I
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42-43

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
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

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
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements 

  • 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 118Introduction to Safety 13
SAFE 218Legislative Compliance-General Industry 13
SAFE 248Hazardous Materials & Waste Management 13
SAFE 258Construction Safety 13
SAFE 318Principles of Industrial Hygiene 13
SAFE 319Principles of Industrial Hygiene II 13
SAFE 328Comprehensive Emergency Management and Fire Services 13
SAFE 338Ergonomics and Human Factors 13
SAFE 368Injury and Damage Incidents Evaluation 13
SAFE 408Contemporary Safety Topics and Issues 13
SAFE 448Management and Integration of Safety 13
SAFE 450Internship 1,312
SAFE 488Safety Training and Development 13
Safety Electives
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 351Organizational Behavior 23
MGMT 354Human Resources Management 23
Total Hours60

Additional Required Courses

CHEM 104Introduction Chemistry I3
or CHEM 107 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106Introductory Chemistry II3
or CHEM 108 General Chemistry II
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics I
Calculus I
Total Hours9-10

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 05.27.2021
UCC 03.16.2021

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

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHEM 104 Introduction Chemistry I 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SAFE 118 Introduction to Safety 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
CHEM 106 Introductory Chemistry II 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Second Year
SAFE 218 Legislative Compliance-General Industry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
SAFE 228 Motor Transportation Fleet Safety 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
MGMT 351 Organizational Behavior 3
SAFE 248 Hazardous Materials & Waste Management 3
SAFE 258 Construction Safety 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
MGMT 354 Human Resources Management 3
SAFE 318 Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3
SAFE 328 Comprehensive Emergency Management and Fire Services 3
SAFE 338 Ergonomics and Human Factors 3
SAFE 368 Injury and Damage Incidents Evaluation 3
SAFE 488 Safety Training and Development 3
SAFE 319 Principles of Industrial Hygiene II 3
SAFE 408 Contemporary Safety Topics and Issues 3
SAFE 418 Security in the Workplace 3
SAFE 448 Management and Integration of Safety 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
SAFE 450 Internship 12
Fourth Year
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2-3
 Total Hours**120-121

Major Code: 2176
Revised: 03.04.2021

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.