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Bachelor of Science in
Aerospace and Occupational Safety

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace and Occupational Safety program is designed for students who have a keen interest in safety and want to work to prevent potential hazards. Embry-Riddle’s long history, focused on safety, has positioned the university to offer an unmatched learning experience concentrating on identifying and minimizing potential hazards. The Aerospace and Occupational Safety program gives students direct access to a dedicated and focused faculty who bring years of experience in the field of occupational safety and health.

Because of the multidisciplinary course material, students graduate prepared to work not only in the aviation industry but also in areas such as manufacturing, construction, insurance, transportation, entertainment, and government services.

This program prepares its graduates to provide safety management expertise to organizations following federal regulations and standards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Transportation (DOT), as well as state environment, health, hygiene, and workplace requirements.

The curriculum also meets the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) standards.

Students typically engage in a variety of co-ops and internships across a variety of local, national, and international organizations focused on general safety, training, operations, analytics, and transportation. Learn more about our Career Services Resources.

Students will study authentic scenarios and learn critical analysis in settings such as The Crash Lab that allows students to examine aviation accidents. Students in this program are often called upon to evaluate and identify potential hazards from other university projects, too. Two student organizations, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) provide students leadership and networking opportunities outside the classroom.


About Aerospace and Occupational Safety at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace and Occupational Safety degree offered by the Applied Aviation Sciences Department combines coursework designed to meet the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) standards with Embry-Riddle’s general education requirements. Students will be prepared to provide safety expertise in a wide variety of occupational settings, as well as technical guidance in safety and health compliance issues, industrial hygiene, human factors and workplace standards. The Aerospace and Occupational Safety degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

With a complete offering of safety and health management, accident investigation and analysis, hazard recognition, risk assessment and occupational safety courses, students will be prepared to work in most occupational settings.

A typical first year in this program will include general education courses such as English composition, along with courses in computing, meteorology, mathematics, physics, plus specialized classes like Introduction to Aerospace Safety.  Aerospace and Occupational Safety students attend classes in dynamic labs and facilities.

The campus is adjacent to the Daytona Beach International Airport and the NextGen Test Bed, and is also close to NASA and Kennedy Space Center.

Students are eligible to participate in both internships and study abroad programs

Program Educational Objectives

The Aerospace and Occupational Safety (AOS) program exists in partial fulfillment of the university’s purpose “to provide a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers and responsible citizenship with special emphasis on the needs of workplace safety, health, environmental, and related fields.”

Within a few years of graduation, Aerospace and Occupational Safety alumni are expected to be employed in a key contributor and/or supervisory/managerial role that requires the application of their AOS degree program.

In addition, graduates become members (engaged in) of professional organizations, such as ASSP, AIHA, ISASI, etc.

Graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Professional certification, such as ASP/CSP.
  • An advanced degree to support their career growth.
  • Taken post-graduate courses in an allied field to support career growth.
  • Attended at least one professional development conference.

Graduates are viewed as valued members of their employer’s team as evidenced by favorable performance reviews that indicate they are performing their job in a satisfactory professional and ethical manner. 

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