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The Safety Engineering Certificate prepares the graduate for positions in several areas of safety engineering. Students completing 15 semester credit hours of the following courses can earn a Safety Engineering Certificate. This certificate is administered through the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center. The Safety Engineering Certificate has been awarded to students every year spring 1994. The Safety Program Coordinator reviews each student's course work prior to certification; both the coordinator and the Dean must then approve each student before the certificate is awarded.


Students should complete and submit the certificate application to the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (246 Jack E. Brown Engineering Building) prior to registering for any of the certificate courses.


  • Students must be in good academic standing within major department.
  • Students must obtain a "C" or better in each course taken towards certificate program.
  • Students must achieve an overall GPR of 3.0 in approved certificate program coursework.
  • Students must submit completed certificate worksheet to the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (246 Jack E. Brown Engineering Building) at least one semester before graduation.
  • It is recommended that students take 6 hours of coursework above what is required for their degree program.
  • Students must consult with an academic advisor prior to submitting application for the certificate.

Course Requirement Summary

Credit Course
3 SENG 310 - Industrial Hygiene Engineering
3 SENG 312 - Systems Safety Engineering
SENG 321 - Industrial Safety Engineering
3 CHEN/SENG 430 - Engineering Risk Analysis
CHEN/SENG 460/660 - Quantitative Risk Analysis
6 2 additional courses selected from a specified list of approved courses

Approved Additional Courses

  • Any preapproved engineering capstone design course that includes a safety component.
  • NUEN/SENG 309 - Radiological Safety
  • SENG 312 - System Safety Engineering
  • SENG 313 - Product Safety Engineering
  • SENG 321 - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • SENG 422 - Fire Protection Engineering
  • SENG 424 - System Safety Analysis and Design
  • SENG 439 - Ergonomics Design
  • CHEN/SENG 455 - Process Safety Engineering
  • BAEN/MEEN/SENG 477 - Air Pollution Engineering
  • SENG 485 - Directed Studies
  • SENG 430 - Engineering Risk Analysis
  • SENG 460/660 - Quantitative Risk Analysis

Certificate Courses Accepted by Major

  • Some or all courses may be accepted as technical electives with approval from the respective department.
  • The chemical engineering department will allow CHEN 426, which is also part of degree plan, to count towards your certificate. Two of the required courses (SENG 310, 312, 321, 430, 455, 460/660 or CHEN 460/660, 430) for the certificate can count as technical electives.
  • The civil engineering department will accept these courses as technical elective for some majors.
  • The aerospace engineering department will accept 485/491 courses and/or ENGR 281 and 381 towards degree plans if they are honors. Students can petition for a 400-level or 600-level course in AERO or another department to count for an AERO technical elective.
  • The biological and agricultural engineering department has one 3-hour technical elective and one 3-hour engineering elective which could be fulfilled by appropriate courses used toward a certificate program.
  • The electrical and computer engineering department has several 400-level courses which could be used as technical electives for ELEN. Each is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The engineering technology and industrial distribution department accepts most upper level (3xx or 4xx) engineering courses as a technical elective — particularly the safety engineering courses. Students should submit a written request explaining why and how it applies to the program.

Certificate Application and Worksheet