A Bachelor’s Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science prepares students to protect the health and safety of workers in all kinds of situations.
Designed to help students think critically, anticipate, identify, and prioritize hazards, the course of study emphasizes problem-solving, understanding cost effectiveness, developing professional and program management skills, and learning the full range of safety and environmental regulatory compliance.
The course of study is hands-on, practical, and often on-site at places where people work, live, and play. Students look at the impact of accidents and develop strategies and use education and awareness to prevent and reduce them. By applying scientific and engineering principles, students analyze processes, equipment, products, facilities, and environments to make them as safe and healthy as possible.
Students gain an understanding of regulatory authorities that govern personal and environmental safety in industry and construction. They learn how to address ethical dilemmas, management challenges, and professional responsibilities.
They also discover how to work with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), meet its compliance standards, and understand OSHA inspection procedures, citations, appeals, and the necessary record-keeping.
When we say “applied” in the name of our department, we mean it. A large network of companies comes to our program for their best interns. Some facilities have large, highly developed safety programs, while smaller organizations allow students a closer look at supervisory and management roles. These situations offer students a chance to fuse formal study with on-the-job management experience.
In this Section:
We prepare students for occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public sector. Our graduates:
Go on to careers in:
- loss control
- risk management
- organizational safety
- environmental health and safety
… and pursue graduate study (including the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science at Keene State)
Students carry specific capabilities gained in this program throughout their lives. With the guidance and support of faculty, you’ll gain the ability to:
- Identify contemporary safety issues and solve applied science problems through their knowledge of mathematics and science
- Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
- Formulate or design a system process or program to meet identified outcomes.
- Communicate well and contribute toward the goals of multi-disciplinary teams.
- Understand the impact of solutions from a global and societal context.
- Reflect on personal performance to address a range of professional and ethical responsibilities.
- Acquire and apply techniques, skills, and technical-scientific tools
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