Waldorf University’s Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Safety provides foundational and advanced knowledge of occupational safety. Our Bachelor of Arts degree is ideal for you if you already have occupational safety experience and desire to become a formally degreed safety professional. The degree program is also well-suited for you if you have no prior safety experience and are seeking to become an entry-level safety professional in industries such as manufacturing, construction, and fire science.

Why Earn your BA in Occupational Safety Online at Waldorf?

Earning your BA online from Waldorf offers you flexibility, convenience, and control. Our online course delivery features a high level of student-faculty interaction and collaboration. This format also offers valuable opportunities for students to interact with each other online.

Earn your BA Online Around Your Busy Schedule

Waldorf’s convenient and flexible online course delivery format makes it easy to earn your BA, regardless of your other obligations. We understand your life is already busy with a full-time job, family responsibilities, personal commitments, and more.

Our courses are offered through the latest interactive technology and remote course delivery systems. This format allows you to learn at your own pace while still feeling like you are part of the class, including interacting with your professors and classmates.

Learn from Supportive, Expert Faculty

Waldorf’s faculty members are seasoned experts with extensive experience in their fields. Their professional insights will help you understand the realities of the industry.

Our faculty members are caring, accessible, and dedicated to your success. They take the time to mentor and guide you as you progress through your courses to earn your degree.

Board of Certified Safety Professionals Designation 

Waldorf University’s Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Safety is approved as a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Program (QAP), which provides graduates the opportunity to apply with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the GSP designation after graduation.

To learn more about the GSP designation, please visit the Board of Certified Safety Professionals website.


BA in Occupational Safety Curriculum Overview

You will develop expertise in a variety of technical areas within occupational safety, including industrial hygiene, construction safety, fire safety, and risk management. In addition, you will be immersed in management topics that are critical to the initial implementation of a safety program, as well as the maintenance of an organization’s peak safety performance.

This program is available online only.

B.A./B.S. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the core curriculum and the curriculum for the major, totaling 120 credits
  • A grade of C or higher in all coursework in the major and, if applicable, in the concentration(s)
  • 2.00 cumulative grade point average for work completed at Waldorf
  • Minimum of 36 upper-division credit hours

Review the complete list of core requirements for this program.

Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Safety Degree Requirements

Major Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
Major Required-Group A 30
OSH 3001 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health 3
OSH 3651 Total Environmental, Health, and Safety Management 3
OSH 4301 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 3
FSC 3345 Introduction to Fire Prevention 3
OSH 3640 Interactions of Hazardous Materials 3
OSH 3701 Industrial Ergonomics 3
OSH 4601 Accident Investigation 3
BUS 4680 Human Resource Development 3
OSH 3525 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health 3
OSH 3401 Construction Safety 3
Professional Electives-Group B* 30
OSH 4010 Safety Supervisor 3
OSH 4520 Risk Management 3
OSH 3303 Workers’ Compensation 3
PSY 3490 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
OSH 4309 Lean Safety Management 3
OSH 4208 Advanced Concepts in Safety and Health 3
OSH 4410 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials 3
PSY 4510 Attitudes and Persuasion 3
OSH 3301 Fleet Safety 3
BUS 3651 Leadership 3
Grand Total: 120

*Any Waldorf courses may be selected from the catalog and course schedule to be used as electives, provided that they are not used to satisfy other program requirements. The following are sample electives.

Related Programs

*Already Have Significant Safety Experience and/or Education?

If you have a significant amount of completed post-secondary coursework or specialized training that you would like to transfer, you may want to consider our Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Safety program.