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.

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MS in Safety Engineering

Students must apply to the Director of the Process Safety Center. Admission into the Safety Engineering program is based on meeting admission requirements and the agreement of a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor can be from any engineering department. The degree plan is then approved in joint consultation between the faculty advisor and the Director of the Center.


Dr. M. Sam Mannan, PE, CSP
Professor and Director
Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3122, USA

Fax: (979) 458-1493