Occupational Safety and Health, B.S.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
SFT 235 Bison image Intro to Occup Safety (CT)3
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 127College Algebra-Expanded3-5
or MTH 130 College Algebra
BSC 104 Bison image Introduction to Biology4
or BSC 120 Bison image Principles of Biology
Core II Humanities (WI section)3
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
Core II Fine Arts (Milestone course)3
Additional University Requirements
ENG 354Scientific & Tech Writing3
Writing Intensive (rec. Core II Hum)3
SFT 235 Bison image Intro to Occup Safety (CT) (Multicultural or International)3
SFT 490 Bison image Safety Internship (Senior Project)3
Major-Specific
ENG 354 Cap graduation image Scientific & Tech Writing (WI)3
Select one of the following:3-5
Plane Trigonometry
Precalculus with Sci Applica
Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)
CHM 211 Bison image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II2
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
BSC 104 Bison image Introduction to Biology4
or BSC 120 Bison image Principles of Biology
MGT 320Principles of Management3
or ACC 215 Bison image Accounting Principles (CT)
Stats Elective
Select one of the following:3
Elem Behavioral Stat
Business Quantitative Methods
Introductory Statistics (CT)
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
HS 201Intro Appl Anat & Physiol3
SFT 235 Bison image Intro to Occup Safety (CT) (I)3
SFT 340Indust Fire Prevent3
SFT 372Safety & Industrial Tech3
SFT 373Prin Ergonomics & Hum Factors3
SFT 373LPrin of Ergonomics Lab1
SFT 375Construction Safety I3
SFT 378Safety Eval & Measurement3
SFT 454Industrial Hygiene3
SFT 454LIndustrial Hygiene Lab2
SFT 460Safety Training Methods3
SFT 465Incident Investigation Tech3
SFT 489Process Safety Mgmt3
SFT 498Envir Safety & Health Legis3
SFT 499Dev & Mgt of Occup Safety Prog3
SFT 490 Bison image Safety Internship3
SFT Elective
Select three of the following:9
International Safety & Health
Hospital Safety
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Workshop
Workshop
Workshop
Occup Safety & Health Prog
Microbiol & Human Disease
Free Elective3
Free Elective2

Major Information

  • The mathematics a student must take will depend upon several factors such as the student’s ACT score and mathematics proficiency. It is very important to talk to your advisor in selecting courses.
  • A minimum of 120 hours is required for graduation.
  • Because the B.S. degree is an accredited program by ASAC/ABET, students must be able to demonstrate “proficiency” in the areas of mathematics and statistics; chemistry, physics, and sciences; communication studies; psychology and physiology; and major field of study, i.e. safety. To demonstrate proficiency in the areas, a grade no less than a C is required. Courses in the areas of proficiency listed above cannot be completed under the CR/NC course option.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change semesters. Please consult each semesters schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.

Areas of Emphasis

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Four Year Plan

The Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health offers students the opportunity of preparing for entry-level positions in industry, governmental agencies, and related service industries. The need for Safety Professionals has expanded due to Federal and State legislation governing safety and health in the workplace and an increase in public awareness of safety and health factors. The safety profession is an occupational field concerned with the preservation of both human and material resources through the application of various principles drawn from such disciplines as engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics and management. “Safety Science” is a term for everything that goes into the prevention of accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions and other events which damage people, property and the environment.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
SFT 235 Bison image  Cap graduation image Intro to Occup Safety (CT) 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
MTH 127
College Algebra-Expanded
or College Algebra
3-5
CMM 103 Fund Speech-Communication 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16-18
Second Semester
BSC 104 Bison image  Cap graduation image
or BSC 120 Bison image
Introduction to Biology
or Principles of Biology
4
Core II Fine Arts (Milestone course) 3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
SFT 372 Safety & Industrial Tech 3
Select one of the following: 3-5
Plane Trigonometry  
Precalculus with Sci Applica  
Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)  
 Credit Hours16-18
Second Year
First Semester
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT) 3
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory 1
SFT 340 Indust Fire Prevent 3
SFT 375 Construction Safety I 3
Core II Humanities (WI) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
SFT 373 Prin Ergonomics & Hum Factors 3
SFT 373L Prin of Ergonomics Lab 1
ENG 354 Scientific & Tech Writing 3
Select one of the following Statistics courses: 3
Introductory Statistics (CT)  
Elem Behavioral Stat  
Business Quantitative Methods  
 Credit Hours14
Third Year
First Semester
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
HS 201 Intro Appl Anat & Physiol 3
SFT 460 Safety Training Methods 3
SFT 489 Process Safety Mgmt 3
Writing Intensive 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
CHM 212 Bison image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
SFT 498 Cap graduation image Envir Safety & Health Legis 3
SFT Elective 3
SFT 465 Incident Investigation Tech 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
First Semester
SFT 454 Industrial Hygiene 3
SFT 454L Cap graduation image Industrial Hygiene Lab 2
SFT Elective 3
MGT 320
or ACC 215 Bison image
Principles of Management
or Accounting Principles (CT)
3
SFT 378 Safety Eval & Measurement 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
SFT 499 Dev & Mgt of Occup Safety Prog 3
SFT 490 Bison image Safety Internship 3
SFT Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120-124