Each day millions of Americans come home from work safely in part because of the efforts of dedicated safety professionals. Our bachelor’s degree in safety can help you grow within the industry and cement a career as a leader in the effort to protect workers. Expand your knowledge and understanding of the field by diving into topics ranging from employee safety education to regulatory compliance to policy and enforcement.

Graduate in as few as 2.5 years.

Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.

Improve your education while remaining active as a safety professional.

Benefit from EKU’s interactive course delivery and discussion boards.

Veteran faculty of safety professionals with public & private sector experience.

Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Rankings and Accreditation

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
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Listed as a best online bachelor's degree program.
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Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.
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Ranked 7th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.
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What you can learn

The core of our bachelor’s degree in safety is a comprehensive look at occupational safety concepts and how to implement them. Study the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its rules, regulations and enforcement policy. Learn to identify and analyze potential workplace hazards, infractions and risks. Discover new ways to keep workers safe, and design and implement corrective safety measures.

In addition, your bachelor’s in safety includes a minor in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology to help enhance your understanding of fire science, emergency decision-making and your overall value as an employee.

EKU is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

Topics of study include:
  • Construction Safety
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Development of Safety Programs
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire Protection
  • Management Techniques
  • Risk Identification and Countermeasures
  • Workplace Risk Factors
"The faculty truly makes this degree program stand out. They give a strong foundation and enhance the curriculum with their industry experiences, which makes our graduates untouchable."Michael Schumann, Faculty, College of Safety and Justice at EKU
Online Bachelor of Science in

Occupational Safety Courses

Occupational Safety

Core Courses

OSH 110 Introduction to Safety Studies
FSE/OSH 200 Applied Fire and Safety Analysis
FSE/OSH 225 Legal Aspects of Fire Safety
OSH 261 Principles in Occupational Safety and Health
OSH 262 Principles in Occupational Safety and Health Legislation
FSE/OSH 305 Hazardous Materials
FSE/OSH 349 Cooperative Studies
OSH 366 Hazard Identification and Control
OSH 367 Human Factors in Occupational Safety
OSH 370 Process Safety Management
OSH 379 Construction Safety
OSH 390 Workers’ Compensation
OSH 410W System Safety Analysis
OSH 412 Safety and Health Program Management
OSH 420 Environmental Law and Management
OSH 450 Safety Training Strategies
OSH 489 Measurement of Safety Performance
OSH 495 Senior Capstone
Occupational Safety

Supporting Courses

CHE 101/101L Intro to Chemistry
HLS 210 Security Systems Integration
TRS 225 Basic Fleet Management Safety Principles
TRS 395 Marine Transportation Safety
EHS 340 Industrial Hygiene
FSE 101 Fire Prevention
FSE 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion
FSE 221 Fire Protection Systems
MAT 114 College Algebra
PHY 101 Concepts of the Physical World

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"Graduates of EKU come straight out of school and are landing some great jobs, and the best part is that the companies are coming to EKU to recruit students directly."Chad Clark, EKU graduate and Safety Associate for Georgia-Pacific