B.S. in Safety Management

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Bachelor of Science in Safety Management

The Bachelor of Science in Safety Management (BSSM) program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to allow them to operate as competent leaders, managers, and practitioners within the field of safety management. Students will develop not only technical understanding and expertise, but also a practical and analytical approach to problem solving that will allow them to address a range of industry-related safety challenges in both the public and private sectors.

This degree program comprises core courses in safety and emergency management with enough elective hours for students to earn as many as two minors to leverage professional development opportunities and study additional areas of interest.

The BSSM program offers students the opportunity to apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an intern, cooperative, or supervised experience. Students are eligible to engage in cooperative study/internships and may elect to seek out those enriching opportunities.

The Worldwide Campus is appropriately positioned to offer the Bachelor of Science in Safety Management program; the Worldwide Campus has expertise in multi-modal curriculum delivery, as well as experience delivering graduate programs to a widely dispersed student population.

For students wanting to pursue a master's degree, the BSSM-MSOSM 4+1 program is now available to all BSSM program students.

  • Upon acceptance, students spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study, and during their senior year will take up to three graduate-level courses that will meet the undergraduate 400 level elective and graduate program core requirements (GPA restrictions apply).
  • Upon completion of the BSSM requirements, students will be enrolled in graduate school and can complete their degree in one year. (GPA restrictions apply).


General Education

General Education
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Life Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science may be chosen from the list below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.
Communication Theory and Skills
ENGL 123English Composition3
HUMN 330Values and Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences
ECON 210Microeconomics3
or ECON 211 Macroeconomics
Social Science elective3
Physical and Life Science elective
Physics/Biology/Meteorology/Chemistry/Any Environmental Science (Geology, Geophysics)3
MATH 111
MATH 112
Pre-calculus for Aviation
and Applied Calculus for Aviation
or MATH 140
MATH 142
College Algebra
and Trigonometry
Computer Science
Take one of the following courses to satisfy Computer Science requirements. The course used to satisfy the General Education Computer Science requirement cannot also be used to satisfy a Core/Major or Minor requirement.3
Introduction to Computers and Applications
Introduction to Computing for Data Analysis
Computer and Network Technologies
Total Credits33


Safety Management Core
SFTY 201Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety3
SFTY 205Principles of Accident Investigation3
SFTY 311Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health3
SFTY 315Environmental Compliance and Safety3
SFTY 321Ergonomics3
SFTY 326System Safety3
SFTY 355Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology3
SFTY 360Construction Safety3
SFTY 365Fire Protection3
SFTY 440System Safety Management3
SFTY 450Loss Control & Insurance3
EMGY 310Fundamentals of Emergency Management3
EMGY 405Disaster Policy and Management3
STAT 222Business Statistics3
CHEM 139General Chemistry I3
CHEM 141General Chemistry I Laboratory1
RSCH 202Introduction to Research Methods3
BSSM 491Operational Applications in Safety Management3
Total Credits52

Safety Management Electives

Safety Management Elective18
Select six Safety Management Courses (SFTY, EMGY, and safety-related SCTY, ESVS, HLSD courses)

Open Electives or Choose Minor

Open Electives or Minor18
Choose 18 credit hours of Open Electives and/or Minor
Total Degree Requirements121

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BSSM to MSOSM 4+1 Program: A Unique Opportunity

This program is for exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education through the Master’s degree. This fast-paced program allows qualifying students the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science in Safety Management (BSSM)  and the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM) in five academic years.

Students must have completed 75 credit hours of undergraduate study before applying to the 4+1 program. Senior students who are accepted in the BSSM/MSOSM 4+1 program will be allowed to apply nine (9) specified graduate credits toward their baccalaureate degree in lieu of nine (9) specific undergraduate credits. Upon completion of the BSSM requirements, students will be enrolled in graduate school and can complete their MSOSM degree in one year.  For any graduate courses taken by an undergraduate student, a grade of B or better must be earned.  If a grade of C or F is earned in any of the MSOSM graduate courses taken for BSSM credit, the student will be removed from the 4+1 program, have credit awarded to the BSSM degree only, and may continue to complete the BSSM degree.

Students initiate program acceptance through their Academic Advisor or Campus Advisor; to help ensure program criteria are met.  Student Advisor will complete the request for processing into the 4+1 program.

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