Kansas City Safety Engineering Colleges with Degree Descriptions

Oct 03, 2018

The Kansas City area only has about three colleges and universities that offer safety engineering or related programs. Get some information about these degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Kansas City Schools with Safety Engineering Degrees

Kansas City, MO, students looking for degree programs in the safety engineering field have few options. No schools in or near this city have programs that focus directly on safety engineering; however, some nearby schools offer programs in such related areas as industrial hygiene, safety management and occupational health. These types of studies generally result in a bachelor's or master's degree.

Two universities that Kansas City residents interested in obtaining a safety engineering-related degree might consider are profiled here. Find out about levels of study, what related subjects are taught and course topics explored in each program. Get helpful facts about each university in the table appearing at the end of this article.

  • Missouri Southern State University is approximately 150 miles south of downtown Kansas City. The school's bachelor's degree in environmental health program offers safety-related courses.
  • The University of Central Missouri has a few bachelor's and master's degree programs that offer courses relating to safety engineering and management. The campus is located nearly 60 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you're looking into an undergraduate or graduate degree related to safety engineering, you should consider all facts about the schools offering these programs. Read below to find statistics and figures regarding each university's population, acceptance rates, tuition, graduation rates and more.

Missouri Southern State University University of Central Missouri
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 6,174* 12,333*
Campus Setting Small city Distant town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,067 (in-state)*
$11,568 (out-of-state)*
$7,520 (in-state)*
$14,150 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 95%* 96%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 95%* 84%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students(2017) 65%* 72%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students started Fall 2011) 33%* 49%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University rests on a 373-acre campus in Joplin, MO. The school's bachelor's degree in environmental health is the only health and safety program in the state accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety

Students can choose to complete this program online or on campus. They also have the option of completing international internships or conducting research. This major prepares students to look for chemical, physical and biological hazards affecting individuals and the environment. Courses include geographic information systems, environmental risk management, air quality management, soil morphology and organic chemistry.

University of Central Missouri

The University of Central Missouri is located in Warrensburg, MO. Its Department of Safety Sciences houses a safety, health and environmental laboratory outfitted with such equipment as radiation monitors, an exhaust demonstration ventilation system, air sampling chambers and noise dosimeters.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This program is for students interested in learning the responsibilities of a safety manager, such as implementing technical solutions to various health and safety problems. Courses in environmental compliance, industrial hazard control, safety program management and accident prevention help prepare students for such jobs as safety analysts, arson investigators or industrial hygienists, to name a few.

Bachelor of Science in Safety Management

Safety management majors learn about the legal components of the safety field as well as techniques for preventing accidents. Students examine such issues as health and safety ergonomics, safety and health legislation and fire protection. They also learn how to analyze risk and investigate accidents. Students interested in the industrial and occupational loss prevention concentrations can study additional topics in fire science and emergency management. A safety sciences internship takes place the summer following the junior year.

Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene

Students in the industrial hygiene program focus on identifying potential chemical, physical and biological environmental hazards in the workplace as well as making recommendations to mitigate their effects. Relevant course topics include industrial environmental monitoring, industrial ventilation, epidemiology and noise measurements. A safety science internship is required as is a thesis or research project.

Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management

In this program, prospective safety engineers learn how to develop a workplace safety and health program. Core course topics include fire risk management, occupational hazard management and principles of industrial hygiene. A research project or thesis is necessary to meet graduation requirements. Upon program completion, students should know how to take into account available resources, potential illnesses or injuries to workers and societal issues when planning an occupational safety and health program.

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