Department of Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

Interest in emergency management and its importance from the global perspective have increased following recent events related to natural and technological hazards, terrorism, and other Homeland Security issues. The degree supports advancement opportunities for career professionals in a broad range of discipline areas as well as appealing to students seeking careers in emergency management in both the private and public sectors.

The curriculum in the EAM degree is based on the following core competencies for emergency managers:

Operates within the Emergency Management framework, principles, and body of knowledge
Disaster Risk Management
Scientific Literacy
Geographic Literacy
Sociocultural Literacy
Technological Literacy
Possess Critical Thinking
Abide by Professional Ethics
Systems Literacy
Continual Learning
Community Engagement
Governance & Civics

The curriculum requires all students to complete 60 hours of EAM courses which include 12 hours of credit for practical application experiences. The program is designed to build a solid foundation in emergency management concepts, competencies, and demonstrated applications. Additionally, students are required to complete a speech elective as part of the General Education Core as well as COMS 2003 Computer Applications or the equivalent and ENGL 2053 Technical Writing or PS 3023 Professional Communications.


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions "General Education Requirements".
215 hours of EAM electives from the following: EAM 2033 Citizen/Family/Community Disaster Preparedness EducationEAM 3033 The Social Dimensions of DisasterEAM 3123 Public Information Skills for Emergency ManagersEAM 3143 The Economics of Hazards and DisasterEAM 3243 Introduction to Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism, EAM 4043 Disaster and Emergency Management EthicsEAM 4053 Community Management of Hazardous MaterialsEAM 4063 LeadershipEAM 4083 Legal Issues in Emergency ManagementEAM 4991, 4992, or 4993 Special Problems and Topics

EAM Core (33 hours)

Students must make a "C" or better in all required courses and practical applications.

Required EAM Courses Include:
In addition, all students must take 12 Hours of Practical Application:
2And 15 hours of EAM electives from the following: