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Earn a bachelor's degree in construction safety, become a safety professional

Construction is a high hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos. With a degree in construction safety, you'll understand the requirements of what it takes for wide range of safety careers in construction-related fields. You will acquire a strong foundation in construction, safety, risk management, and management skills.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Safety is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), meeting the qualified credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

QAP Approved

What does it mean to be a Qualified Academic Program (QAP)?

A QAP is a bachelors, masters, or PhD academic degree program in safety, health, and the environment (SH&E) whose required course curriculum has been reviewed by BCSP and has been found to be a substantial match to the current Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) examination blueprint.

Graduates of a QAP are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®), a BCSP-approved credential necessary to apply for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®). It is only available to SH&E graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP QAP standards.

What are the benefits to a student who becomes a GSP?

  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice.
  • Recognition for being on a path toward the CSP certification.
  • A waiver of the ASP examination requirement for CSP eligibility.
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation.
  • Inclusion in the BCSP Credential Holder Directory and a digital badge.
  • Access to the BCSP Career Center.(https://www.bcsp.org/GSP)

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The Baltimore/Washington D.C. area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies in the United States, making it easier to find internships and high-paying jobs.

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Key Faculty

Gary Burke

Gary Burke

Program Director of the Construction Management and Critical Infrastructure Program

Gary Burke has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS in Building Science from Auburn University.  He has extensive experience in business operations and management, commercial and residential construction, real estate and land development, residential and commercial property.  Professor Burke has a passion for education and has mentored hundreds of students in the construction management field.  

Dr. Bradford L. Sims

Dr. Bradford L. Sims

President

Dr. Sims has always been involved with technology starting with receiving a Commodore 64 for his birthday and teaching himself basic programming to do more with the Commodore 64.  He went on to obtain a BS in Building Construction Management from Purdue University and worked coast to coast in the United States and briefly in Europe in the project management area of industrial construction and by default of his experience with technology being involved with the computer systems as well at each company.  Later, he went back to Higher Education to obtain an MS in Building Construction from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Purdue University that lead him to his first position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida.  As he moved to different universities, he advanced in the administrative positions becoming a Department Head, Dean, Chief Academic Officer, and President.  Now at Capitol Technology University, he is bringing together his background in construction and technology along with Capitol Tech’s strong cybersecurity to build the first degree programs in Critical Infrastructure design to help protect the nation.  This is an area of special interest to Dr. Sims as he sees the needs of those protecting are critical infrastructure from cyber attacks to also understand how these facilities operate to better defend against such attacks.

Dr. Linda F. Martin

Dr. Linda F. Martin

Professor of Practice
Dr. Linda F. Martin has a PhD in occupational health and safety from Capitol, an MS in Occupational Safety Management, an MBA, and a BS in geology. Dr. Martin has 30 years of professional experience in construction and occupational safety and has a strong background in all aspects of the environmental health and safety disciplines. Dr. Martin is the former Chief Learning Officer at the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, where she previously served as a two-term President of the Board of Directors. She holds several highly regarded industry credentials, such as the Certified Safety Professional and the Certified Industrial Hygienist certifications. Dr. Martin is the 2018 National Safety Council Marion Martin award winner for women in safety who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and helped pave the way to success for other women in the profession.

Jessica Richardson

Jessica Richardson

Jessica Richardson, CSP, CIT is the Professional and Organizational Advancement Manager for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). She has comprehensive experience developing and managing occupational health and safety management systems, training, and performance improvement programs in construction & energy. She also specializes in instructional design in the workplace and at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Jessica has a BS in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University, MS in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University and is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, Jessica was awarded the American Society of Safety Professional’s (ASSP) Utilities Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year.

Career Opportunities

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Market Demand Construction Safety

  • 82% of our graduates have a job or enter graduate school 90 days after commencement
  • The average salary for graduates with this degree is $62,912 - $90,953

Graduates with the B.S. in Construction Safety degree will be expected to fill entry-level to mid-level management positions in existing government organizations and private companies. The job titles include:

  • Construction Onsite Safety Manager
  • Corporate Safety Manger
  • Safety, Security, Health & Environment Manger
  • Safety Manager
  • Regional Safety Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Construction Safety Specialist
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Construction Safety Manager
  • Site Safety Manger
  • Safety Compliance Manager
  • Construction Site Safety Manger
  • Corporate Safety Program Manager

Degree Details: Program starts Fall 2020


The bachelor of science in construction safety is a total of 121 credits, which covers technical courses, mathematics and sciences, and English and social science courses.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2019-2020 academic year, beginning in Fall 2019 and continuing through Summer 2020:

  • There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application 
  • Standard rate $450 per credit, plus fees 
  • Partnership rate $350 per credit, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • Retired military receive a $100 per credit hour tuition discount
  • Academic Fee for UAS-120 $500

For 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition and fees, click here.

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