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Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences

Bachelor of Science

This major prepares students for a variety of occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public 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, participate in applied research, or transition directly into careers in loss control, risk management, organizational safety, and consulting.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

56 credits

SOHAS majors must achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all courses.

ISSAFE 101 Safety Awareness
INSAFE 213 Safety Chemistry
SAFE 202 Occupational Safety
SAFE 215 Human Factors in Safety
SAFE 216 Safety Standards & Regulations
SAFE 302 Law and Ethics in Safety
SAFE 304/ENST 304 Environmental Law and Regulation
SAFE 305 Health Hazard Identification
SAFE 307 Safety Management Systems
SAFE 319 Fire and HAZMAT Response
SAFE 329 Safety Training Methods
SAFE 401 Industrial Hygiene
SAFE 420 Safety Research Methods
SAFE 497 Innovative Safety Leadership

Honors Program

8 credits

SAFE 491 Honors Research (Can be used as Safety Electives.)


(Highly recommended.)

SAFE 200 Safety Internship 2-8 credits (Open Elective Credit only.)
SAFE 400 Advanced Safety Internship 2-8 credits (Open Elective Credit only.)

Open Electives

Select additional courses of your choice to bring total number of credits earned to 120.

Honors Program

Motivated Safety students can participate in an advanced program of research through independent study projects and internship experiences. This program recognizes and formalizes outstanding academic achievement, culminating with graduation with Honors in Safety. This program allows students to pursue supervised research or applications of safety in greater depth than provided in principal course offerings during their final years as an undergraduate at Keene State College. Students electing to participate in this program complete all requirements for the Safety major plus 4 credits of SAFE 401 Industrial Hygiene.

Admission to the Safety and Honors Program is based on:

  1. Self-nomination after completion of 75 credits; consistent with the Rho Sigma Kappa National Safety Honor Society requirements, students will hold an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a grade point average in the Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences major of 3.4 or better.
  2. Support of an Honors Committee consisting of three full-time tenure-track Safety faculty selected by the Safety faculty. Students accepted into the Safety Honors Program will participate in research projects funded by external grants. Honors Program capacity may fluctuate due to availability of research project positions or seats in Graduate classes. To maintain program capacity, final selection will be based on students with the highest overall GPA at the time of application to the program.
  3. Completion of, or enrollment in, all SAFE Core Courses. Final admission requires successful completion of those Safety courses enrolled in at the time of application for admission to the Honors Program.

Qualified candidates may complete the Safety Honors Program via two separate tracks.

1. Honors Research Track (This track is dependent on availability of research positions.)

Complete eight credits of SAFE 491 Honors Research during the two semesters of the senior year. These credits may be in lieu of or in addition to Safety Elective credits used to fulfill the requirements for the Safety major.

At the end of the senior year, to graduate with the distinction of Honors in Safety, each participant in the Honors Research Track:

  1. Submits a final written report (or publication-ready document) on the Honors work for approval by their Honors Committee.
  2. Presents the results of their work and responds to questions about the project and its relationship to the safety profession.
  3. Immediately following the project presentation, the student's Honors Committee votes on whether or not to accept the Honors project.

Students are encouraged to apply for applicable undergraduate research grant funding.

2. Advanced Study Track

Complete two 600-level Safety courses, one from the Fall scheduled and one from the spring schedule. Safety Honors students are limited to two Graduate level classes and may enroll in one for a semester. Undergraduate students who successfully complete two 600-level Safety courses totaling 8 credits, with a minimum grade of B, will not be required to repeat those courses if they enroll in the Graduate program.

Courses Available for Honors Enrollment (select two - one per semester)

  • SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety
  • SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety
  • SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health
  • SAFE 604 Leading Safety Change
  • SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems
  • SAFE 610 Risk and Safety

Students successfully completing all facets of the Honors Program and having an average of 3.00 overall and 3.4 in Safety Studies will graduate with Honors in Safety.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at upper level