New York City Schools with Safety Engineering Programs
Safety engineers help prevent sickness, injuries and property damage in a wide range of industries. Many safety engineers receive their training through bachelor's degree programs in various engineering disciplines, such as industrial, chemical or electrical engineering.
This article looks at three schools, none more than 20 minutes from downtown New York City, and the relevant programs they offer. It also includes a table of statistics about these schools, such as size, tuition and the graduation rate. Following this table is some information about a few more area institutions that offer related programs.
- The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU - Polytechnic Institute) is less than two miles from the heart of the city. It offers bachelor's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering and a master's program in environmental engineering.
- About nine miles from downtown, Columbia University has bachelor's degree programs in earth and environmental engineering and in chemical engineering. It offers a master's degree in earth resources engineering.
- Students at CUNY City College, also nine miles from downtown, can earn bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering. City College also offers a bachelor's program in earth system science and environmental engineering.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding on a school need access to some pertinent facts. This table presents important information about each of these schools in a format that invites comparison.
|New York University||Columbia University||CUNY City College of New York|
|School Type||Four-year; private, not-for-profit||Four-year; private, not-for-profit||Four-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2019)||52,885*||31,456*||15,816*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)||$53,308*||$61,788*||$7,340 in-state; $15,290 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019)||52%*||59%*||87%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2019)||16%*||5%*||46%*|
|Retention Rate (2018-2019)||94%*||99%*||84%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2013)||85%*||95%*||56%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Polytechnic is now the Tandon School of Engineering. This school offers undergraduate and graduate engineering programs that can lead to safety engineering careers. Undergraduates also have the option to receive faculty mentorship through a 10-week undergraduate summer research program.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
After taking general education and foundational math, science and engineering courses, mechanical engineering students take core engineering courses and electives. This program requires 128 credit hours of courses and covers topics like thermodynamics, material mechanics and machine design. Students also have the option of pursuing minors in aerospace engineering or nuclear sciences and engineering. The final year of the program includes two senior design courses that cover product design, development and testing while students learn teamwork skills.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
This program requires the completion of a two-semester design project, which involves designing, building and testing a device according to certain specifications. This design project gives students a chance to learn about safety, reliability, cost effectiveness and performance requirements. Students who meet specific requirements can opt for a senior thesis project in place of the design project. This program requires 128 credits and can be completed in four years.
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Building on coursework in environmental chemistry and microbiology, this program can teach students how to identify environmental threats and design pollution-prevention systems. Students participate in research activities and scholarly projects while working with engineering faculty members. Students must complete 30 credits of coursework and may choose between a master's project or thesis.
Founded in 1754, Columbia University has many educational offerings for aspiring safety engineers. Several departments in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science offer degree programs that can prepare graduates for safety engineering careers.
Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineering involves studying and managing contaminants in natural environments, treatment plants and manufacturing plants. Building on a foundation of math, sciences and liberal arts, students take technical electives in one of three concentrations: water resources and climate risks, sustainable energy and materials or environmental health engineering. Students pursuing the environmental health engineering concentration engage in engineering projects related directly to eliminating or reducing environmental threats to public health.
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
This program can prepare students to continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue engineering careers across many industries. During their junior and senior years, chemical engineering students take core courses in thermodynamics, chemical engineering problems and product design. Students are also required to take five technical elective courses, giving them a chance to select topics that are beneficial to safety engineers.
Master of Science in Earth Resources Engineering
This graduate program requires students to complete a minimum of 30 credits. Students may pursue a general program or elect one of four career-directed concentrations: water resources and climate risks, sustainable energy, sustainable waste management and environmental health engineering. The environmental health engineering option requires students to take courses through the earth and environmental engineering and environmental health sciences departments.
CUNY City College
CUNY City College is the flagship school of the CUNY university system. The Grove School of Engineering awards undergraduate and graduate degrees through nine nationally-recognized programs.
Bachelor of Engineering - Earth System Science & Environmental Engineering
This four-year program requires 127 credit hours and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET as an environmental engineering program. Students are required to complete general education courses in math, writing and chemistry. Major courses cover fluid mechanics, organic chemistry, hydrology and geographic information science. Students must also take engineering and science electives and complete a design project.
Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical Engineering
This program requires 129-130 total credits. Students must complete a foundational education in math and science. Core courses include transport phenomena, unit operations, chemical reactions engineering and chemical process dynamics. Students may also choose from chemical engineering electives, such as nanomaterials, polymer science and technology, pharmaceutical applications and bioprocess engineering.
Master of Engineering - Chemical Engineering
This 31-credit program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. Those who did not study chemical engineering may be required to complete additional coursework before continuing on to the master's degree program. Typical graduate courses include engineering analysis, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and mass or heat transfer. Students must also complete a graduate report, master's project or thesis paper.
Other School Options
Engineering degrees are also available at CUNY New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, located 1.9 miles from downtown New York City. Stevens Institute of Technology, located in Hoboken, New Jersey, is only 5.1 miles away and also offers relevant programs for aspiring safety engineers.