Safety Engineering Certificate – Undergraduate

The Safety Engineering Certificate requirements are achievable and relevant to all engineering disciplines. Undergraduate students in any engineering discipline can choose this option as part of their curriculum. Through this option, students are exposed to principles and case histories from a wide variety of engineering disciplines. The curriculum emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of safety, health, and environmental engineering. It also emphasizes the knowledge and skills most likely to be needed by any engineer, as well as those who specialize in safety engineering.

This program, which is administered by the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, seeks to serve all engineering disciplines equally well. The certificate requires 15 hours of coursework. These hours are applicable to the hours necessary for graduation, not an additional load. Nine hours are dedicated to Basic Topics and are required for everyone in the program. An additional six hours address more specific or advanced topics. If the discipline has a specific course in safety (such as does Chemical Engineering), that course counts towards the hours for advanced topics. The advanced topics are cross-listed with numerous departments and developed in cooperation with various TEES research centers and TTI. Finally, a three-hour discipline-specific capstone course that includes a safety component can complete the 15-hour Safety Certificate requirements.

Scholarships are now available for students pursuing a Safety Engineering Certificate! The $2,500 scholarship award is divided into installments of $500 for each course taken that qualifies toward earning the certificate. Courses considered for the scholarship will only be those courses completed after an application has been received (i.e., courses will not be considered retroactively if chosen as a scholarship recipient). To be eligible for the scholarship students must maintain an overall minimum GPR of 3.0. In addition, students must earn at least a B in each qualifying course for the scholarship to continue. The scholarship application deadline for each fall semester is June 15th and for each spring semester is December 1st.

Students interested in applying for the certificate program and its scholarship are required to submit their completed applications to:
Useful resources for the certificate program:

Please visit Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs (ESSAP) for additional information about certificate programs in Engineering.