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Construction Safety Sciences

Bachelor of Science

This major prepares students for a variety of occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public construction sector. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, hazard identification and prioritization, problem solving, cost effectiveness, professional skills in programmatic management, and safety and environmental regulatory compliance. Graduates will have the capacity to pursue graduate study or transition directly into careers in loss control, risk management, organizational safety, and consulting. Students should meet with a Construction Safety Sciences advisor as soon as they express an interest in this area to review program criteria. It is expected that students in this program will be highly motivated and will demonstrate academic excellence during their passage through the program.

Value is placed on real-world experience and all majors will be required to complete a documented total of 400 hours of related job-site work. Construction Safety Sciences students will be required to complete these hours prior to receiving a passing grade in SAFE 408. Students that do not complete these hours will be required to work with the instructor to complete these hours or risk course failure. Value is also placed on diversified background knowledge and professional perspectives. All majors will thus be required to complete an option selected from the list below.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

64-68 credits

Required Allied Discipline Courses

16 credits

IHSP 101 Elementary Spanish I or IHSP 102 Elementary Spanish II
INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science or INPHYS 131 Engineering Fundamentals
ARCH 270 Sustainable Design and Building Science
CMGT 300 Construction Management I

Core Courses

32 credits

SAFE 202 Occupational Safety
SAFE 205 Construction Methods
SAFE 216 Safety Standards
SAFE 306 Systems and Behavioral Sciences
SAFE 307 Safety Management Systems
SAFE 308 Construction Safety Practices
SAFE 317 Construction Health Hazards
SAFE 408 Construction Safety Practices 2

Options (Select from one of the following 4-Course Options)

Business Management Option

16 Credits

  • MGT 101 Introduction to Management
  • MGT 140 Quantitative Decision-Making
  • MGT 215 Accounting for Sustainable Business

One additional MGT course at the 300 or 400 level (excluding MGT 451, MGT 491, MGT 493, MGT 494, and MGT 498)

Sustainable Product Design and Innovation Option

16 Credits

  • SPDI 110 Electricity and Electronics Fundamentals
  • IISPDI 151 Product Design Principles
  • SPDI 221 Three-Dimensional CAD
  • SPDI 304 Materials: A Life-Cycle View

Environmental Studies Option

16 credits

  • IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change
  • INENST 201 Earth Cycles & Systems
  • ENST 253 Environmental Governance
  • ENST 304/SAFE 304 Environmental Law and Regulation

Environmental Health and Safety Option

20 credits

  • SAFE 301 – Risk Management
  • SAFE 402 – Critical Incident Response
  • SAFE 215 Human Factors in Safety
  • ENST 253 – Environmental Governance
  • SAFE 304/ENST 304 – Environmental Law and Regulation

Risk and Loss Control Option

16 credits

  • MGT 101 – Introduction to Management
  • MGT 140 – Quantitative Decision-Making
  • MGT 215 - Accounting for Sustainable Business
  • SAFE 301 – Risk Management

Healthcare Safety Option

16 credits

  • ISPH 285 Health in Society
  • ISSAFE 320 Hospital Safety
  • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
  • PH 305 Epidemiology

Construction Management Option

16 credits

  • MGT 101 Introduction to Management
  • ARCH 220 CAD II Architectural Representation
  • CMGT 300 Construction Management I
  • CMGT 400 Construction Management II

Data Analytics Option

16 credits

  • MGT 140 Quantitative Decision-Making
  • IIPHYS 342 Data Analysis for Scientists
  • ISMGT 383 Applied Data Analysis & Visualization
  • SAFE 420 Safety Research Methods


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level