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Associate of Science in Safety Management

Description of Program

The undergraduate degree, Associate of Science in Safety Management, prepares graduates for entry-level employment in the industrial, business, public, and non-profit sectors. Students gain skills to increase their effectiveness as a safety technician or emergency responder.


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A newly admitted freshman pursuing the degree, Associate of Science in Safety Management will complete the first 26 credits of the degree while in the University Division. The student enters the School of Public Health - Bloomington when the student meets both the following criteria:  

  • The student must successfully complete at least 26 credit hours.
  • The student must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Indiana University.

Students in the University Division must also declare their intention to earn the Associate of Science in Safety Management degree. Undergraduate students who complete the semester before certification of admission to the school with less than a 2.0 GPA for the semester will be admitted on a probationary status.

International transfer applicants to the School of Public Health - Bloomington, whose primary language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper- based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or a 80 on the Internet-based test, is required for direct admission to the School of Public Health - Bloomington. For students from countries where the TOEFL is not available, other evidence of English proficiency may be considered. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) offers an alternative to the TOEFL. A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required for direct admission to the School of Public Health - Bloomington. All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take the Indiana University English language examination before registering for course work. Appropriate remedial English courses may be prescribed on the basis of test results.

All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take a special examination in English with IU prior to registering. Prepared by IU and designed to test a student’s ability to use English in an academic setting, the exam consists of three parts: an essay on a general topic, a listening comprehension exercise, and a grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension section. There is little that one can do to prepare for this exam other than to continue using written and spoken English at every opportunity.  

International students whose primary language is not English must agree to take any English language courses prescribed from the results of this examination. Fees for special part-time English courses are the same as for other courses; however, credits earned do not meet degree requirements.  If the results of the proficiency examination indicate that full-time work in English is required, the student will be assigned to the Intensive English Program (IEP).  

Students enrolled in IEP do not take academic courses until they achieve adequate English proficiency. If a student has serious doubts about English ability and is not financially prepared to undertake the additional time and expense of an intensive English program here, the student should consider completing English study in the student’s home country. In addition, the student may consider delaying admission to a future session.

Degree Requirements

This two-year program is designed to prepare entry-level safety technicians or inspectors. The associate degree may serve as a foundation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in safety. A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and 26 credit hours are required for admission to this program. Graduation requirements include:

  • a minimum of 64 successfully completed credit hours which count toward the degree program. 39 of the 64 credits must be in safety and health courses and 25 credits must be supporting general education courses.
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in courses with the following department code-prefixes: HPER-H, and HPER-S. 
  • No Pass/Fail except for free electives.
Asociate Degree Requirements (64 cr.)

Safety and Health Courses (24 cr.)

  • HPER-S 101 Introduction to Safety (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 151 Legal Aspects of Safety (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 201 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 202 Fundamentals of Fire Protection (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 251 Incident Investigation and Analysis (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 345 Safety Program Management (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 352 System Safety Analysis (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 370 Principles and Strategies of Behavioral Safety (3 cr.)

Elective Health and Safety Courses (15 cr.)
Select 15 credits hours from the following:

  • HPER-H 160 First Aid and Emergency Care (3 cr.)
  • HPER-H 263 Personal Health (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 231 Safety Engineering and Technology (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 317 Topical Seminar in Safety Education (1-3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 345 Safety Program Management (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 415 Safety Education and Training (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 425 Safety Process Administration and Leadership (3 cr.)
  • HPER-S 430 Exploring Safety Culture (3 cr.)
  • HPER-C 403 Public Health Program Planning (3 cr.)

Communication Courses (9 cr.)

  • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition 1 (C– minimum) (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)

Science Courses (10 cr.)
Select 10 credit hours from the following:

  • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr.)
  • Any chemistry course (3-5 cr.)
  • Any physics course (3-5 cr.)
  • Any mathematics course (100 level or above) (3-4 cr.)

Psychology and Social & Historical Studies Courses (6 cr.)

  • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I (3 cr.)
  • Social and historical studies elective (3 cr.)
Special Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in professional safety and health protection organizations including student chapters of Eta Sigma Gamma and the American Society of Safety Engineers.


According to a recent survey of American Society of Safety Engineers members, the largest employer groups are insurance, service industries, health care, construction, manufacturing, nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross, consulting firms, and the government (OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, FEMA, DOD). Typical job titles include safety technician, safety inspector, safety educator or emergency responder.

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