Safety Management (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in Safety Management.

The Safety Management Program provides the classroom knowledge and experience needed to be a safety specialist who is qualified to design, develop, and implement safety programs in business, industry, and government.

Coursework in the major includes studies in the management, evaluation, and control of safety and health hazards associated with the workplace environment, including courses in the following areas:

  • Accident prevention
  • Administration of industrial health and safety programs
  • Fire protection
  • Hazardous substances and waste disposal
  • Human factors and economics
  • Industrial health and safety legislation
  • Industrial hygiene
  • System safety analysis

Optional minors are offered in construction management, insurance and risk management as well as environmental science.

In addition to coursework, students complete an internship. The internship offers paid experiences at manufacturing, health care, power and energy, or refinery facilities, with insurance (loss control) companies, or with the government. Some of the companies where students have interned include: Eli Lilly and Company; Pfizer, Inc.; Cargill; Alcoa; General Electric; Marathon Petroleum; and Toyota Motor Corporation, USA.

Relatively small class sizes allow students to receive individualized attention. Students may join the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP, student chapter. This involvement enables students to qualify for scholarships worth thousands of dollars. ISU students receive the highest percentage of ASSP scholarships available to programs across the country. In addition, the ASSP and National Safety Council (NSC) offer discounts on conference registration.

The undergraduate Safety Management program at ISU is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP, This designation allows our graduates to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), which puts our students one step closer to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. The undergraduate Safety Management program at ISU is also recognized by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM, and allows our graduates to apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) credential. The ASHM credential is an important stepping stone to the accredited Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) certification.

Special Note: The Safety Management Program is offered on the Terre Haute campus. The program is also offered via online learning.

Required Courses


Changes in manufacturing technologies, behavioral approaches to safety, risk management, and new federal regulations make safety management an exciting career choice.

Graduates enter careers in safety as mid-level managers. The placement rate is well above 90%.

Opportunities include positions as safety managers, environmental health managers, and industrial hygienists. Employment in these areas may require completing an appropriate minor.

Students interested in working for an insurance company as a loss control specialist should complete the insurance and risk management minor, offered by the University's Scott College of Business. Those interested in management-level positions in the construction industry should complete the construction management minor, offered by the University's Bailey College of Engineering and Technology. Students who are interested in position in environmental health can complete the minor in Environmental Science offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Employment opportunities are excellent in all the fields listed above.

Many of the program's alumni return to the Safety Management Program to look for interns and full-time employees, knowing that our students are well prepared to be successful in the profession.

The Safety Management Program at Indiana State University is one of the first to offer a bachelor degree in the United States. The Safety Management undergraduate program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)*,

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, multiple scholarships are available through the ASSP Foundation.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Built Environment
Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Built Environment
Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University