Effective Fall 2022

As an online degree program, the Emergency Management and Homeland Security 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 and homeland security, 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.

Special Equipment Needs

Students must have access to a computer with consistent Internet access. Technical requirements are as follows:

  • Windows 10 or higher, macOS 11 or higher (recommended).
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 10 or higher) processor (recommended).
  • 8+ GB RAM (recommended).
  • 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended).
  • Laptop must include a webcam and microphone (required).
  • Laptop must include a wireless network card (required).
  • Broadband Internet connection when working off campus (required).
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services Service Desk available for assistance).
  • Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS are prohibited.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

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.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
BEM101Introduction to Emergency Management Operations 33 MREQ
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 33 SREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
MMMMath Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3 SMMM
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BEM103The History & Evolution of Emergency Management 33 MREQ
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 33 SREQ
MTH157Business Statistics 33 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
HIS116World History I 3Cultural Diversity Requirement3 SREQ
HIS126World History II 3Cultural Diversity Requirement3 SREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BEM201Incident Command System Operations 33 MREQ
BEM202Emergencies, Disasters & Catastrophes 33 MREQ
PSY111General Psychology 33 SREQ
OEAOpen Elective 1 SOEA
GEL105Introduction to Physical Geology 43 3 SREQ
SCI101Introduction to Forensic Science 3Science, Technology and Society Requirement3 SREQ
SCI102Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory 1 3 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BEM210Disaster Preparation & Planning 33 MREQ
BEM221Crisis Communication 33 MREQ
BEM230Disaster Recovery 33 MREQ
BEM240Introduction to Homeland Security 33 MREQ
BEMDirected Emergency Management Elective 3 SBEM
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BEM250Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management 33 MREQ
BEM300Critical Infrastructure 33 MREQ
PSC251Principles of Public Administration 33 SREQ
PSC261International Relations 3Cultural Diversity Requirement3 SREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BEM265Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management 33 MREQ
BEM350Bioterrorism 33 MREQ
PSC402Terrorism, Civil War & Genocide 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 SREQ
HSJ263Criminal Justice 33 SREQ
SCIScience Elective 3 SSCI
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BEM311Technological Elements of Emergency Management 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 MREQ
SOC313Research Methods 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 SREQ
JUSDirected Emergency Management Elective (300-level or higher) 3 SJUS
JUSDirected Emergency Management Elective (300-level or higher) 3 SJUS
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BEM450Emergency Management Internship 3 MREQ
BEM495Emergency Management Capstone 33 MREQ
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA