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:
Understanding of Comprehensive Emergency Management
Leadership and Decision Making Skills
Technical Skills, Systems and Standards
Coordination Skills within Legal and Political Contexts
Understanding of Ethical and Social Contexts
Understanding of Emergency Management Theory, Practical Application, and Research
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 Education, EAM 3033 The Social Dimensions of Disaster, EAM 3123 Public Information Skills for Emergency Managers, EAM 3143 The Economics of Hazards and Disaster, EAM 3243 Introduction to Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism, EAM 4043 Disaster and Emergency Management Ethics, EAM 4053 Community Management of Hazardous Materials, EAM 4063 Leadership, EAM 4083 Legal Issues in Emergency Management, EAM 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:
- EAM 1003 Living in a Hazardous Environment
- EAM 1013 Aim and Scope of Emergency Management
- EAM 3003 Developing Emergency Management Skills
- EAM 3013 Public Policy and Politics in Emergency Management
- EAM 3023 Principles of Preparedness and Response Operations
- EAM 3053 Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues in Emergency Management
- EAM 3063 Emergency Management Doctrine
- EAM 4003 Principles of Disaster Relief and Recovery
- EAM 4013 Mitigation and Continuity of Operations
- EAM 4023 Information Technology and Emergency Management
- EAM 4033 Emergency Management Research Methods/Analysis
In addition, all students must take 12 Hours of Practical Application:
2And 15 hours of EAM electives from the following:
- EAM 2033 Citizen/Family/Community Disaster Preparedness Education
- EAM 3033 The Social Dimensions of Disaster
- EAM 3123 Public Information Skills for Emergency Managers
- EAM 3143 The Economics of Hazards and Disaster
- EAM 3243 Introduction to Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism
- EAM 4043 Disaster and Emergency Management Ethics
- EAM 4053 Community Management of Hazardous Materials
- EAM 4063 Leadership
- EAM 4083 Legal Issues in Emergency Management
- EAM 4991, 4992, or 4993 Special Problems and Topics