Graduate Certificate Programs

Safety Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Program Description:
Safe engineering systems protect the health of workers and the public, preserve the environment, and improve the profitability of industrial facilities. The graduate certificate in safety engineering is a program of study that focuses on methods to reduce risks, prevent accidents, and/or mitigate the consequences to acceptable levels. Risk reduction is accomplished by identifying hazards with unacceptable consequences and then reducing the probability of occurrence (accident reduction) and/or reducing the consequences to acceptable levels (mitigation).

The program of study consists of four courses: two required core courses and two courses selected from a specialization track. The required core courses are:

  • Chem Eng 5130 /Eng Mgt 4312: Risk Assessment and Reduction
  • Eng Mgt 5316:Safety Engineering Management

Available specialization tracks for both distance and on campus students:

  • Chemical/Metallurgical Process Safety
    • Chem Eng 5241: Intermediate Process Safety in the Chemical and Biochemical Industries
    • IST 5885: Human Computer Interaction
  • Safety Engineering Management
    • Eng Mgt 5713: Management and Methods in Reliability
    • Sys Eng 6110: Function-Based Risk Analysis
  • Nuclear Process Safety
    • IST 5885: Human Computer Interaction
    • Nuc Eng 4347: Radiological Engineering
  • Human Factors
    • Eng Mgt 5330/ Psych 4710: Human Factors
    • Psych 4730: Environmental Psychology

These specialization tracks may have additional courses that can be selected, but are currently offered only on campus. In addition, the following specialization tracks are offered only on campus: process control systems, nuclear material safety, radiological health & safety and reliability. For information regarding these courses, contact Graduate Studies.

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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Chem Eng 5130 /Eng Mgt 4312: Risk Assessment and Reduction (LEC 3.0) Offered every spring semester, safe, secure manufacturing facilities protect the health of employees and the public, preserve the environment, and increase profitability. Methods for systematically identifying hazards and estimating risk improve the safety performance and security of manufacturing facilities. Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing.

Eng Mgt 5316: Safety Engineering Management (LEC 3.0) Offered every fall semester
This course is an introduction to the principles of safety engineering applied to industrial situations. Job safety analysis, reduction of accident rates, protective equipment, safety rules and regulations, environmental hazards, health hazards, and ergonomic hazards are covered. Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing.

Chem Eng 5241: Intermediate Process Safety in the Chemical and Biochemical Industries  (LEC 3.0) Offered every spring semester
This course covers risk assessment, biohazard containment and inactivation practices, and other biosafety issues relevant to industrial bioprocessing. Considerations relating to the release of genetically modified organisms are also discussed. Prerequisites: Chem Eng 3150 or graduate standing.

Eng Mgt 5330/ Psych 4710: Human Factors (LEC 3.0)
An examination of human-machine systems and the characteristics of people that affect system performance. Topics include applied research methods, systems analysis, and the perceptual, cognitive, physical and social strengths and limitations of human beings. The focus is on user-centered design technology, particularly in manufacturing environments. Prerequisite: Psych 1101.

Eng Mgt 5713: Management and Methods In Reliability (LEC 3.0) Offered every fall semester
Study of basic concepts in reliability as they apply to the efficient operation of industrial systems. Prerequisite: Stat 3113 or 3115 or 5643.

Nuc Eng 4312: Nuclear Radiation Measurements and Spectroscopy (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0) Offered yearly
Contemporary radiation detection theory and experiments with high resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy, solid state detectors, neutron detection and conventional gas filled detectors. Neutron activation analysis of unknown material, statistical aspects of nuclear measurements. Prerequisite: Nuc Eng 3205.

Nuc Eng 4347: Radiological Engineering LEC 3.0) Offered yearly
Radiation exposure pathway analysis; modeling of radionuclide transport through atmosphere, surface and ground water. Human health impact, transportation of nuclear waste, nuclear waste characterization, and regulatory structure and requirements. Scenario case studies and computer simulation of transport. Prerequisite: Nuc Eng 3103 or Physics 2305.

IST 5885 (385) Human Computer Interaction (LEC 3.0)
Introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). Students examine issues and challenges related to the interaction between people and technology. The class explores the social and cognitive characteristics of people who use information systems. Students learn techniques for understanding user needs, interface prototyping, and interface evaluation. Prerequisite: Psych 1101.

SYS ENG 6110: Function-Based Risk Analysis (LEC 3.0) Offered every summer semester
Risk analysis of products and systems is explored using product functionality as the starting point. Traditional probabilistic risk assessment techniques are covered along with recent approaches that use historical data to produce automatic risk assessments. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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The safety engineering graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS in an engineering or physical science field with an overall GPA of 3.0; or those holding a bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical science with an overall GPA of 2.75 and having a minimum of one year of work experience. The chemical and biological engineering department serves as the home department for students who select the chemical/metallurgical process safety, and process control systems tracks. The engineering management department serves as the home department for students who select the human factors, safety engineering management, or reliability tracks. 

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, upon application, will be admitted to the MS degree program sponsoring the graduate certificate. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will apply toward their master’s degree.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Engineering Management (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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