Bachelor’s in Occupational Safety – Fairmont State University

The Bachelor’s in Occupational Safety degree program prepares competent professionals who serve as valued members of the management, engineering, and business team providing solutions to complex safety/environmental problems. This program focuses on principles drawn from engineering technology, health, physics, math, psychology, language and speech. Hands-on applications of these principles are emphasized through preparatory and professional courses. Preparatory courses include math, chemistry, physics, human anatomy, statistics, speech, written composition and psychology. Professional courses include industrial hygiene and toxicology, safety engineering and design, systems safety, safety and environmental law, fire prevention, ergonomics, environmental hazard control, OSHA compliance, and program management. Computer skills and experiential learning is heavily emphasized, including laboratory activities, industrial projects and/or internships. Internships may be paid or unpaid and can include academic credit.

Major employers of graduates include oil/gas, mining, manufacturing, construction, and insurance companies in the private sector. State and Federal governments also seek safety graduates striving to enhance public health and employee well-being. Increased emphasis on ergonomics, hazardous waste, accident costs, workers‘ compensation, regulatory compliance, and health hazard control requires the expertise of competent safety professionals.

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