Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is interdisciplinary in nature with core coursework focusing on emergency management.  While in program students have the opportunity to choose two areas of concentration:


  • Aviation Administration
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Fire Service Management
  • Gerontology
  • Geospatial Science
  • Information Technology and Communication
  • Intelligence and Security
  • Native American Studies
  • Natural Disasters
  • Planning and Preparing for Urban Hazards
  • Private Sector Management
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Public Health


The BSEM degree is a 120 credit hour program, requiring a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate.  The core curriculum for the Emergency Management degree consists of 30 credit hours in Emergency Management as well as, two 15 credit hour concentration areas with a minimum of 9 upper level credit hours in each.  Grades of C- or better are required in the 60 core hours. 


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.

Courses required for major (core curriculum)

 

Emergency Management Core (30 hours)

EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Management

3 credits

EMGT 2020Emergency Management Strategies and Communication

3 credits

EMGT 2050Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services

3 credits

PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits

PA 3000Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector

3 credits

EMGT 3040Preparedness/Planning and Risk Mitigation

3 credits

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

3 credits

EMGT 4060Disaster Response and Recovery

3 credits

EMGT 4200Internship in Emergency Management

3 credits

EMGT 4990Capstone Project in Emergency Management

3 credits

Aviation Administration (15 hours)

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

Required Courses:

AVN 1000Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace

3 credits

AVN 2020Airline Operations

3 credits

Or

AVN 2050Introduction to Airport Administration

3 credits

AVN 4080/AVN 8086Airport Safety and Security

3 credits

Six credit hours at the upper level, from the following:

AVN 3000Business and Corporate Aviation

3 credits

AVN 3150/AVN 8155Aviation Law

3 credits

AVN 3090Airport Administration and Planning

3 credits

AVN 3600/AVN 8605International Aviation

3 credits

AVN 3700Transportation Analysis

3 credits

AVN 4100/AVN 8106Marketing in Public, Non-Profit and Aviation Organizations

3 credits

AVN 4050General Aviation Operations

3 credits

Criminology and Criminal Justice (15 hours)

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

Required Course:

CRCJ 1010Survey of Criminal Justice

3 credits

Twelve credit hours, 9 at the upper-level, from the following:

CRCJ 2030Police and Society

3 credits

CRCJ 2210Survey of Corrections

3 credits

CRCJ 3350Criminology

3 credits

CRCJ 3970Internship in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRCJ 4030Criminal Justice Organization and Administration

3 credits

CRCJ 4060Criminal Justice Ethics

3 credits

CRCJ 4210Institutional Corrections

3 credits

CRCJ 4350/CRCJ 8356Community-based Corrections

3 credits

CRCJ 4760Terrorism

3 credits

CRCJ 4800Special Topics

1 - 3 credits

**CRCJ 4800 Topic must be approved by academic advisor

Fire Service Management (15 hours)


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


Required Courses:


FSMT 2200Codes and Inspections

3 credits

FSMT 2410Strategies and Tactics in Fire and Emergency Services

3 credits

Nine credit hours at the upper-level, from the following:

FSMT 3020Fire Dynamics

3 credits

FSMT 3140Fire Related Human Behavior

3 credits

FSMT 3350Fire Prevention, Organization, and Management

3 credits

FSMT 3680Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection

3 credits

Or

FSMT 4860Applications of Fire Research

3 credits

FSMT 4300Advanced Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

3 credits

Geospatial Science (15 hours)

 An emphasis on the use of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Global Positioning and Cartography, to understand people, places and their relative position on earth’s surface, which aids in planning, preparedness and assistance in emergency situations. 

 

Take one course from the following: 

GEOG 1000Fundamentals of World Regional Geography

3 credits

GEOG 1020Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits

GEOL 1010Environmental Geology

3 credits

Gerontology (15 hours)              

An emphasis on the physical, psychological, and social aspects of aging with special attention to protecting this population in times of disaster. 

 

Required Courses:

GERO 2000Introduction to Gerontology

3 credits

GERO 4460Psychology of Adult Development and Aging

3 credits

GERO 4670/GERO 8676Programs and Services for the Elderly

3 credits

Six credit hours from the following:

GERO 4350/GERO 8356Issues in Aging

3 credits

GERO 4470/GERO 8476/PSYC 8476/PSYC 4470Mental Health and Aging

3 credits

GERO 4500/GERO 8506Legal Aspects of Aging

3 credits

GERO 4510/PA 4510/GERO 8516/PA 8516Long-Term Care Administration

3 credits

GERO 4550/HED 4550/GERO 8556/WGST 4550/HED 8556Health Aspects of Aging

3 credits

GERO 4690/SOWK 4040/GERO 8696/SOWK 8046Working with Minority Elderly

3 credits

GERO 4940/GERO 8946Practicum

3 credits

*GERO 4350 (Topic must be approved by academic advisor)

Take one course from the following: 

GEOG 1030Introduction to Physical Geography

5 credits

GEOG 1050Human Environment Geography

4 hours

GEOG 1090Introduction to Geospatial Sciences

4 credits

Take courses from the following to reach a 15 hour minimum:

GEOG 3530/GEOG 8535Cartography and GIS

2 credits

And

GEOG 3540Cartography and GIS Lab

2 credits

GEOG 4020/GEOG 8026Quantitative Analysis in Geography

3 credits

GEOG 4030/GEOG 8036Computer Mapping and Visualization

3 credits

GEOG 4050/GEOG 8056Geographic Information Systems I

4 credits

GEOG 4630/GEOG 8636Environmental Remote Sensing

4 credits

GEOG 4660/GEOG 8666Geographic Information Systems II

4 credits

Information Technology and Communication (15 hours)

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

Required Courses:

IASC 1100Introduction to Information Security

3 credits

CIST 2100Organizations, Applications and Technology

3 credits

ISQA 3420Managing in a Digital World

3 credits

Six credit hours at the upper level, from the following:

CIST 3110Information Technology Ethics

3 credits

ISQA 3910Introduction to Project Management

3 credits

CIST 3600/IASC 3600Information Security, Policy and Awareness

3 credits

CIST 4360Foundations of Information Assurance

3 credits

ISQA 3310Managing the Database Environment

3 credits

ISQA 3400Business Data Communications

3 credits

ISQA 4880/ITIN 4880Systems Simulation and Modeling

3 credits

Intelligence and Security (15 hours)

An emphasis on intelligence gathering and analysis and the role of politics in the formation of national and international security programs.

Required Courses:

PSCI 2210Introduction to International Relations

3 credits

PSCI 3260/PSCI 8265United States Foreign Policy

3 credits

PSCI 4250/PSCI 8256Intelligence and National Security

3 credits

Six credit hours, 3 at the upper level, from the following:

PSCI 2500Introduction to Comparative Politics

3 credits

PSCI 2560/HIST 2560Modern France: 1789 to the Present

3 credits

PSCI 2660/HIST 2660The Peoples of East Central Europe Since 1815

3 credits

PSCI 3220/PSCI 8225International Organizations

3 credits

PSCI 3230/PSCI 8235/WGST 8235/WGST 3230Gender and Global Politics

3 credits

PSCI 3500/PSCI 8505European Politics

3 credits

PSCI 3560Government and Politics of East Central Europe

3 credits

PSCI 3580/PSCI 8585Government and Politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet States

3 credits

PSCI 3640/PSCI 8645Government and Politics of China and East Asia

3 credits

PSCI 3660/PSCI 8665Government and Politics of Japan and East Asia

3 credits

PSCI 3680/PSCI 8685/LLS 3680/LLS 8685Government and Politics of Latin America

3 credits

PSCI 3700/PSCI 8705Government and Politics of the Middle East

3 credits

PSCI 4200/PSCI 8206International Relations of East Asia

3 credits

PSCI 4280/PSCI 8286Inter-American Politics

3 credits

PSCI 4350/PSCI 8356Democracy

3 credits

PSCI 4500/PSCI 8506Government and Politics of Great Britain

3 credits

PSCI 4520/PSCI 8526Politics of France

3 credits

Native American Studies (15 hours)

 An emphasis on the knowledge of tribal government and law as well as how tribal governments interface with the local, state and federal government.  


Required Courses:

NAMS 1100Introduction to Native American Studies

3 credits

NAMS 4920Special Topics in Native American Studies

3 credits

Natural Disasters (15 hours)

 An emphasis on naturally occurring disasters and their scientific nature including prediction, preparedness and response. 

 

Take two courses from the following:

GEOG 1030Introduction to Physical Geography

5 credits

GEOL 1010Environmental Geology

3 credits

GEOG 1050Human Environment Geography

4 hours

Take two courses from the following to reach a 15 hour minimum:

GEOG 3510Meteorology

3 credits

And

GEOG 3514Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory

1 credit

GEOG 4330/GEOG 8336Soil Genesis, Morphology and Classification

3 credits

GEOG 4340/GEOG 8346Water Resources

3 credits

GEOG 4610/ENVN 4610/GEOL 4610/GEOG 8616/GEOL 8616/BIOL 4610Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

3 credits

Planning and Preparing for Urban Hazards (15 hours)

 An emphasis on geography including human populations and their impact on dealing with urban hazards, such as natural or manmade disasters. 

 

Take two courses from the following: 

GEOG 1000Fundamentals of World Regional Geography

3 credits

GEOG 1020Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits

GEOG 1030Introduction to Physical Geography

5 credits

UBNS 1010/PA 1010Introduction to Urban Studies

3 credits

Take courses from the following to reach a 15 hour minimum:

GEOG 3130/ECON 3130Economic Geography

3 credits

GEOG 3930Political Geography

3 credits

GEOG 4120/GEOG 8126Urban Geography

3 credits

GEOG 4160/GEOG 8166Urban Sustainability

3 credits

Private Sector Management

Emphasis on business principles including business continuity planning, sustainability and resiliency.  

 

Required Courses:

ACCT 2000Accounting Basics for Non-Business Majors

3 credits

ECON 2200Principles of Economics (Micro)

3 credits

MKT 3310Principles of Marketing

3 credits

MGMT 3490Management

3 credits

MGMT 3710Entrepreneurial Foundations

3 credits

Public Administration and Management (15 hours)

An emphasis on budgeting, organizational structure, human resources, and planning.

Required Courses:

PA 4300Seminar in Public Policy

3 credits

PA 4390Public Budgeting

3 credits

PA 4410Public Personnel Management

3 credits

Six credit hours from the following:

PA 2000Leadership and Administration

3 credits

PA 3180Elements of Public Management

3 credits

PA 4430/PA 8436Municipal Administration

3 credits

PA 4440Organizational Development and Change

3 credits

PA 4530Strategic Planning

3 credits

Public Health (15 hours)

Emphasis on the role of healthcare in disaster situations including epidemics, pandemics, bio-terrorism and other public health issues.

 

Required Courses:

HED 1500Foundations in Public Health

3 credits

HED 4130Community Health

3 credits

HED 4880Public Health Policy

3 credits

Six credit hours from the following:

HED 4960Health Education - Planning and Organization

3 credits

HED 4040Epidemiology & Prevention of Disease

3 credits

HED 3310General Safety Education

3 credits

HED 4950Public Health Leadership and Advocacy

3 credits