Emergency Management Technology (BEM)

(Effective Fall 2017)

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

All students entering the major will be tested for English, reading, and mathematics deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during their first semester.

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 manmade 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.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
BEM101Introduction to Emergency Management Operations 3 
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MMMMath Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BEM103The History and Evolution of Emergency Management 3 
SOC113Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
Third SemesterCredits
BEM201Incident Command System Operations 3 
BEM202Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes 3 
PSC241State and Local Government 3 
PSY111General Psychology 3 
GEL105Introduction to Physical Geology 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Fourth SemesterCredits
BEM210Disaster Preparation and Planning 3 
BEM221Crisis Communication 3 
BEM230Disaster Recovery 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Fifth SemesterCredits
BEM250Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management 3 
PSC231American Government-National 3 
PSC251Principles of Public Administration 3 
PSC401Global Terrorism and Emergency Management 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
BEM265Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management 3 
HIS335U.S. Constitutional and Legal History 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
HIS315Technology and Propaganda 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HSR263Criminal Justice 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
Seventh SemesterCredits
BEM311Technological Elements of Emergency Management 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
SOC313Research Methods 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
BEMDirected Emergency Management Elective 3 
BEMDirected Emergency Management Elective 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
BEM450Emergency Management Internship 3 
BEM495Emergency Management Capstone 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3