College of Aviation

Combined Bachelor and Master of Science in Safety Science



This is a five-year program that allows very well-qualified students to complete both a B.S. in Safety Science and a Master of Science in Safety Science. This program is available only at the Prescott Campus through the Department of Safety Science.


The objective of this five-year program is to produce safety professionals with the following skill set:

  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of the ancillary disciplines that are essential to the practice of safety: aviation safety, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics/human factors, and quantitative methods.
  • Ability to understand research processes, techniques and procedures and to draw appropriate conclusions from the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Knowledge of the basic approaches to accident investigation
  • Understanding of the breadth of application of of the discipline of safety science, including ground and occupational safety as well as product safety, aviation safety, flight safety, and air crash investigation
  • Use appropriate tools for the analysis of safety data to draw inferences about cause, effect, and prevention


Students enrolled in this program must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 throughout the academic program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all graduate courses.
  • Complete a total of 152 credits hours (listed in the following section).  There will be 122 credit hours required for the completion of the BSSS and 30 additional credit hours of graduate requirements for completion of the MSSS.

Application Process

Application to the BSSS/MSSS Program takes place in the second year of study when candidates submit the proper form to the Chair of the Department of Safety Science at the Prescott Campus. Decisions will allow the student to be accepted into the BSSS/MSSS program by the beginning of his/her third year of study.

Degree Requirements - 5-Year Program Flow for Aviation Safety Concentration
 Year 1
AS 120Principles of Aeronautical Science
AS 132Basic Aeronautics I
COM 122English Composition and Literature
HU 14XLower Level Humanities
MA 111College Math for Aviation I
MA 112College Math for Aviation II
PS 107Elements of Biological Science
PS 113Introductory Physics I
SF 210Introduction to Aerospace Safety
WX 201Meteorology I
Total Credits
Year 2
CS XXXComputer Science Elective3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing -OR- 
COM 222Business Communication3
EC 200/210/211Economics3
MA 222Business Statistics3
PS 105General Chemistry4
PS 114 & 144LIntroductory Physics II and Lab4
PSY 220Introduction to Psychology3
SF 205Principles of Accident Investigation3
Total Credits32
Year 3
SF 315Environmental Science and Safety3
SF 320Human Factors in Aviation3
SF 325Human Factors and Ergonomics I3
SF 330Aircraft Accident Investigation3
SF 335Mechanical and Structural Factors in Aviation3
SF 345Safety Program Management3
SF 355Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology3
Total Credits30
Year 4
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 405Aviation Law3
HU/SS XXXUpper Level Elective3
SF 326System Safety3
SF 350Air Crash and Emergency Management3
SF 410Design of Engineering Hazard Controls3
MSF 603Occupational Safety3
MSF 613Aviation Safety3
Total Credits30
Year 5
MSF 580Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Protection3
MSF 600Quantitative Methods3
MSF 601Ergonomics3
MSF 602Human Factors3
MSF 611Research Methods3
MSF 690Graduate Research Project3
MSF XXXGraduate Level Electives12
Total Credits30
Total Degree Credits for Bachelor and Masters in Safety Science152