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Safety & Occupational Health Applied Sciences


A Bachelor’s Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science prepares you to protect the health and safety of workers in all kinds of situations.

Designed to help you, 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.

This course of study is hands-on, practical, and often on-site at places where people work, live, and play. You will observe the impact of accidents, develop strategies by applying scientific and engineering principles, students analyze processes, equipment, products, facilities, and environments to make them as safe and healthy as possible.

You 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 you a chance to fuse formal study with on-the-job management experience.

Core Courses

Total Credits: 120

Safety Awareness

Studies the impact of accidents, develops strategies to eliminate, mitigate accident outcomes through education and awareness. Identifies factors associated with activities at school, home, and work that result in accidents. By applying this knowledge people can make informed decisions leading to minimum risk and maximum success. Not open to Safety majors with more than 12 credits in SOHAS. Fall, spring.

Occupational Safety

The application of scientific and engineering principles to the analysis of processes, equipment, products, facilities and environments in order to optimize safety and health effectiveness. Topics include legislative overview, problem identification, control concepts, and basic engineering principles, including a review of basic geometry and mathematical calculations and conversion factors. Prerequisite: Take ISSAFE 101. Fall, Spring.

Fire and HAZMAT Response

An overview of the National Fire Protection Association Codes that apply to occupational exposures. The safe handling, storage, and use of hazardous materials for industrial, commercial, transportation, and public service operations are covered in detail. Fire and accident prevention measures, training, regulatory requirements, emergency procedures and response are studied. Prerequisites: Safety or Construction Safety majors/minors only. INSAFE 213 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Industrial Hygiene

Familiarizes students with the various techniques and procedures involved in the practice of the profession of Industrial Hygiene. Course work and laboratory exercises illustrate the equipment and methodologies commonly used by Industrial Hygienists in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational health hazards in today's workplace. Prerequisites: Safety or Construction Safety majors/minors only. SAFE 305. Fall, Spring.

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We prepare students for occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public sector.

Our graduate go on to careers in:

  • loss control
  • risk management
  • organizational safety
  • environmental health and safety
  • consulting

… 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.
  • Understand the impact of solutions from a global and societal context.
  • Reflect on personal performance to address a range of professional and ethical responsibilities.

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☎ 603-358-2276
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Keene, New Hampshire 03435