Safety Management

Department of Built Environment

The Safety Management Program at Indiana State University is one of the first to offer a bachelor's degree in the United States. The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering  accredits the program, which continues to be one of the most thorough in the country, covering all aspects of the profession.

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Minor in Occupational Health & Safety
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Also available: Masters in Occupational Safety Management


The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) 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:

In addition, 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.

Companies where students have interned include: Eli Lilly and Company; Cargill; Alcoa; General Electric; Marathon Petroleum; and Toyota Motor Corporation, USA.


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 percent. 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 College of Technology.

Employment opportunities are excellent in both the construction and insurance industries. 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 University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In addition, the Safety Management Program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The optional minor in construction management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The optional minor in insurance and risk management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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, the Safety Management Program offers several scholarships and awards, and multiple scholarships are available through the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation. For information about these awards, contact the Safety Management program.

Outcomes - B.S.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program in Safety Management, graduates will be able to: