Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management degree program is interdisciplinary in nature with core coursework focusing on emergency services and management as well as the opportunity to focus on other areas of concentration including public administration, fire protection services, criminal justice, aviation, and communication and information security.

The program is intended to academically prepare students for employment in the public sector at the local, state, or federal level of government in numerous agencies, as well as certain nonprofit and private organizations performing emergency planning, mitigation, response, recovery, and prevention. Students will gain a thorough understanding of interagency cooperation, coordination, and communication as well as administrative issues involving policies and procedures, labor relations, and fiscal matters.

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management degree is 120 credit hours:

  • General Education Requirements = 47 credit hours
  • Department Requirements = 60 credit hours
  • Elective Requirements = 13 credit hours

General Education Requirements (47 hours)

Fundamental Academic Skills (15 hours)

English (9 hours)

ENGL 1150English Composition I

3

ENGL 1160English Composition II

3

Advanced Writing Course

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Math (3 hours)

MATH 1310Intermediate Algebra

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Public Speaking (3 hours)

Choose one of the courses listed below:
SPCH 1110Public Speaking Fundamentals

3

SPCH 2120Argumentation and Debate

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Diversity (6 hours)

Diversity: Global (3 hours)

Courses in this category focus on the significant cultural, economic, geographical, historical, political, and/or sociological aspects of one or more counties or nations other than or in comparison to the United States. Students must complete 3 credit hours of coursework in this category. Students may choose from a list of University of Nebraska at Omaha approved courses which can be found at http://gened.unomaha.edu/approvedcourses.php

Diversity: U.S. (3 hours)

This requirement develops students’ awareness of the history, society, and/or culture of one or more underrepresented groups in the United States. Students must complete 3 credit hours of coursework in this category. Students may choose from a list of University of Nebraska at Omaha approved courses which can be found at http://gened.unomaha.edu/approvedcourses.php

Distribution Requirements (26 hours)

Humanities/Fine Arts (9 hours)

Understanding the meaning, value, and history of human existence is an essential skill for living in contemporary society. One must have an understanding and appreciation of the various forms of humanistic/artistic expression and the role these artifacts play across various cultures. Students must complete 9 credit hours of coursework representing at least two different disciplines in this category. Students may choose from a list of University of Nebraska at Omaha approved courses which can be found at http://gened.unomaha.edu/approvedcourses.php

Social Sciences (9 hours)

The goal of the social sciences is to help students understand the social dynamics that make up the world particularly the relationships between individuals, groups, societies and social institutions. Students must complete 9 credit hours of coursework representing at least two different disciplines in this category. Students may choose from a list of University of Nebraska at Omaha approved courses which can be found at http://gened.unomaha.edu/approvedcourses.php

Natural and Physical Sciences (8 hours)

Understanding the nature of scientific inquiry and the operation of the natural, physical, and technological world is essential for making personal and public policy decisions. Students must complete 8 credit hours of coursework representing at least two different disciplines in this category with at least one laboratory course. Students may choose from a list of University of Nebraska at Omaha approved courses which can be found at http://gened.unomaha.edu/approvedcourses.php

Department Requirements (60 hours)

Emergency Management Core (30 hours)

EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Management

3

EMGT 2020Emergency Management Strategies and Communication

3

EMGT 2050Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services

3

PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration

3

PA 3000Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector

3

EMGT 3040Preparedness/Planning and Risk Mitigation

3

EMGT 3080Intra- and Non-Governmental Organization and Cooperation in Emergency Management

3

EMGT 4060Disaster Response and Recovery

3

EMGT 4200Internship in Emergency Management

3

EMGT 4990Capstone Project in Emergency Management

3

Concentration Requirements (30 hours)

In addition to the major requirements, students are required to complete two 15-hour concentration areas with a minimum of 9 hours within each area of concentration at the upper-level. The concentration area(s) should be selected from the following:

Fire Protection, Safety, and Technology (15 hours)

Emphasis on fire safety and technology and the role of fire and rescue services in emergency and disaster situations.

Six credit hours at the lower-level:
FSMT-2200 Codes and Inspections (3 credits)
FSMT-2410 Fire Strategy and Tactics (3 credits)

Nine credit hours at the upper-level, from the following list of courses:
FSMT-3020 Fire Dynamics (3 credits)
FSMT-3140 Fire Related Human Behavior (3 credits)
FSMT-3350 Fire Prevention Organization and Management (3 credits)
FSMT-3680 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection or
FSMT-4860 Applications of Fire Research
FSMT-4300 Adv. Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (3 credits)
FSMT-4450 Fire and Emergency Services Administration (3 credits)

Criminology and Criminal Justice (15 hours)

Emphasis on the role of law enforcement in emergency situations and threat management, emergencies in prison/institutional settings, and so on.

Three credit hours at the lower-level:
CRCJ 1010 Survey of Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Twelve credit hours at the upper-level, from the following list of courses:

CRCJ 3970 Criminal Justice Internship (3 credits)
CRCJ 4030 Criminal Justice Organization and Administration (3 credits)
CRCJ 4060 Criminal Justice Ethics (3 credits)
CRCJ 4210 Institutional Corrections (3 credits)
CRCJ 4760 Terrorism (3 credits)
CRCJ 4800 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Counter Terrorism) (3 credits)
CRCJ 4800 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Cyber Crime) (3 credits)

 

With two additional courses, an Emergency Management student could get a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The requirements for a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice are 18 hours distributed as follows:

Nine credit hours at the lower-level (i.e. 1000/2000):
CRCJ 1010 Survey of Criminal Justice (3 credits) 

Select two of the following courses (6 credits):

CRCJ 2030 Police and Society (3 credits)
CRCJ 2110 Criminal Court System (3 credits)
CRCJ 2210 Survey of Corrections (3 credits)

Nine credit hours at the upper-level (i.e., 3000/4000)

Public Administration and Management (15 hours)

Emphasis on budgeting, organizational structure, human resources, and planning.

Nine credit hours of required courses:
PA 4300 Seminar in Public Policy (3 credits)
PA 4390 Public Budgeting (3 credits)
PA 4410 Public Personnel Management (3 credits)

Six credit hours of electives, from the following list of courses:
PA 2000 Leadership and Administration (3 credits)
PA 3180 Elements of Public Management (3 credits )
PA 4430 Municipal Administration (3 credits )
PA 4440 Organizational Development and Change (3 Credits)
PA 4530 Strategic Planning (3 Credits)

Aviation Administration (15 hours)

Emphasis on threats related to air travel, airport security, and disaster response.

Twelve credit hours of required courses:

AVN 1000 Introduction to Aviation (3 credits)
AVN 2020 Airline Operations (3 credits)
AVN 2050 Introduction to Airports (3 credits)
AVN 4080 Airport Security (3 credits)

Three credit hours of electives, from the following list of courses:

AVN 3000 Business & Corporate Aviation (3 credits)
AVN 3150 Aviation Law (3 credits)
AVN 3090 Airport Planning (3 credits)
AVN 3600 International Aviation (3 credits)
AVN 3700 Transportation Analysis (3 credits)
AVN 3090 Airport Planning (3 credits)
AVN 4100 Marketing in Public, Nonprofit and Aviation Organizations (3 credits)
AVN 4050 General Aviation Services (3 credits)

Information Technology and Communication (15 hours)

Emphasis on communication systems, information sharing and access, and threats to information assurance and security.

Nine credit hours of required courses
IASC 1100 Introduction to Information Security (3 credits)
CIST 2100 Organizations, Applications and Technology (3 credits)
ISQA 3420 Managing in a Digital World (3 credits)

Six credit hours of electives, from the following list of courses:
CIST 3110 Information Technology Ethics (3 credits)
ISQA 3910 Introduction to Project Management (3 credits)
CIST 3600 Information Security and Policy (3 credits)
CIST 4360 Foundations of Information Assurance (3 credits)
ISQA 3310 Managing the Data Base Environment (3 credits)
ISQA 3400 Business Data Communications (3 credits)
ISQA 4880 Systems Simulation and Modeling (3 credits)

Elective Requirements (13 hours)

Open Electives

Students will fill their open electives as needed with courses selected from a variety of disciplines within the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Each student’s open elective hours will vary. They fill as needed to reach 120 credit hours.