(Effective Fall 2020)

The Emergency Management Technology major prepares students for careers in emergency management and public safety. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the four phases of emergency management, levels of governmental responsibility, policies and procedures influencing coordinated/integrated efforts, and the appropriate roles and requisite skills of an effective emergency manager.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major may find employment in many areas directly and indirectly related to emergency management, such as emergency management coordinators and specialists; emergency planners; disaster planning specialists; public health preparedness coordinators and specialists; emergency medical technicians and paramedics; and police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.

Recommended High School Subjects

Mathematics, science, communications, social sciences, and technology courses will aid in preparing student readiness for the emergency management major.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.
Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

Internal and external transfers may carry parallel major courses into the baccalaureate when the grades are 'C' or better. Transcripts should be submitted with the application for admission and will be evaluated by Registrar staff and by academic school staff. By its nature, prior work experience in emergency services, military, and other appropriate work backgrounds will be evaluated for transfer evaluation and placement in the major. The academic school dean and full-time faculty will evaluate credit for life experience for course work from applicants with non-credit training or work experience. Credits awarded for work/life experience will be posted to the applicant’s College transcript after successful completion of at least 12 credits at the College.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • assess, organize, and develop plans to facilitate the relationship between federal, state, and regional emergency management agencies and the communities they serve.
  • collaborate within and between governmental entities, community service agencies, and health care provider organizations to ensure that effective disaster preparedness mitigation, capacity to respond to disasters, and disaster recovery planning are current and adequate to meet local and regional needs.
  • utilize best practices to facilitate and support leadership in response to natural and man-made emergencies.
  • communicate effectively and appropriately with professional emergency responders, law enforcement personnel, public officials, and affected citizens during all phases of a disaster.
  • demonstrate a commitment to continuous personal growth and professional development.
  • promote and support the profession through service activities and affiliation with relevant professional associations.

Performance Standards

This major requires that all major courses must be passed with a C or better.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BEM101 Introduction to Emergency Management Operations 3 3 M REQ
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3   S MMM
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM103 The History and Evolution of Emergency Management 3 3 M REQ
ANT113 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement 3 S REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM201 Incident Command System Operations 3 3 M REQ
BEM202 Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes 3 3 M REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
GEL105 Introduction to Physical Geology 4 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM210 Disaster Preparation and Planning 3 3 M REQ
BEM221 Crisis Communication 3 3 M REQ
BEM230 Disaster Recovery 3 3 M REQ
PSC141 State and Local Government 3 3 S REQ
SOC242 Criminology 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM250 Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management 3 3 M REQ
PSC131 American Government - National 3 3 S REQ
PSC251 Principles of Public Administration 3 3 S REQ
PSC261 International Relations 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM265 Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management 3 3 M REQ
HIS335 U.S. Constitutional and Legal History 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
3 M REQ
PSC402 Terrorism, Civil War and Genocide 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 S REQ
HSJ263 Criminal Justice 3 3 M REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM311 Technological Elements of Emergency Management 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
SOC313 Research Methods 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 S REQ
BEM Directed Emergency Management Elective 3   S BEM
BEM Directed Emergency Management Elective 3   S BEM
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM450 Emergency Management Internship 3 M REQ
BEM495 Emergency Management Capstone 3 3 M REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15