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    Online Bachelor's in Occupational Safety

    Open doors by unlocking your potential. 

    Occupational Safety professionals are dedicated to protecting the safety and health of both workers and the public. It’s a hands-on and constantly changing field that spans all sectors of the economy. Professionals in this field evaluate the workplace environment and implement programs that ensure employee and customer safety, health, and productivity, as well as environmental and regulatory compliance.

    Why UW-Whitewater Online?

    • Learn at your own pace, when it’s convenient for you
    • Build connections through online assignments and discussion boards
    • Strong alumni network
    • Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
    • Graduating students are eligible to become a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP)

    ABET Accredited

    Accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

    Fully Online

    No requirements to come to campus.


    Attend school part-time on your schedule.

    Online Bachelor's in Occupational Safety

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    The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety degree requirements have been designed to prepare you for success as a student in the program and your subsequent career. 

    The fully online Occupational Safety degree culminates in a semester-long internship with a practicing safety professional. Students who are already employed in the safety and health field and who wish to advance their careers in their current organizations may customize this experience to meet the needs of the internship requirement. This capstone internship offers students an outstanding opportunity to transition into a successful career in the occupational safety profession.

    Course requirements can be found in the Online Occupational Safety Degree Requirements document. Please note that not all listed electives are offered online. See the Course Offerings document for more information.

    The UW-Whitewater Occupational Safety major is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), and students graduating from the program are eligible to become a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP). All online students have ready access to academic advising, library services, financial aid, technical support, mentoring, and career services.

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    There are several application paths an online bachelor's student might take including as transfer, reentry, freshman, or second-degree seeking applicants. You may even be an international applicant.

    If you aren’t sure which application path to follow or need help completing the UW-System E-Application, view the Application Tips PDF or complete the Request Information form and a program representative will get in touch with you.

    Transfer applicants

    Transfer applicants are students that have attended another college or university (including having earned an associate’s degree) but have never attended UW-Whitewater. You will find detailed application and transfer information at University Admissions.

    Reentry applicants

    Reentry applicants are students that have previously attended UW-Whitewater. Application information can be found at University Admissions

    Freshman applicants

    Freshman applicants are students that have never attended a college or university. If you have never attended a college or university, regardless of age, you would be considered a freshman applicant. You can find application information for freshman applicants at University Admissions

    Second-Degree seeking applicants

    Second-Degree seeking applicants are students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and would like to pursue another. If you would like to earn another bachelor’s degree, you can apply to UW-Whitewater’s online bachelor's program as a special student with full credentials. To complete your degree, you would only need to fulfill the College of Letters and Sciences BA or BS requirements and the requirements for the major you choose.

    Unofficial Transcript Review

    Transfer, Reentry, and Second-Degree Seeking students, can request an unofficial transcript review. An unofficial review will give you an idea of which of your credits might transfer and how those transfer credits might apply to the online bachelor's program. To request a review, complete a request more information form and a program adviser will get in touch with you.

    You can also determine potential transfer credit by using Transferology. Transferology is a fast and free way to determine how credits may transfer from one institution to another.

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    The online bachelor's program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $395 USD per credit for the 2023-24 academic year. This tuition rate applies to Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students who have declared an online bachelor's major.

    Textbook rental is included in the cost of tuition for many undergraduate courses through the University Bookstore's Textbook Rental program.

    UW-Whitewater students may apply for  financial aid in the form of  grants, loans, scholarships, or employment.  All of these make up a "Financial Aid Package" and may be offered individually or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed.

    If you are eligible to receive education benefits under the various Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) programs, please visit UW-Whitewater's  Veterans Services page.