Emergency Management Technology (EMD)

(Effective Fall 2019)

As an online degree program, 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 Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
BEM101 Introduction to Emergency Management Operations 3  
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3  
Second Semester Credits
BEM103 The History and Evolution of Emergency Management 3  
ANT113 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3  Cultural Diversity Requirement
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
Third Semester Credits
BEM201 Incident Command System Operations 3  
BEM202 Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes 3  
PSC141 State and Local Government 3  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
GEL105 Introduction to Physical Geology 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
BEM210 Disaster Preparation and Planning 3  
BEM221 Crisis Communication 3  
BEM230 Disaster Recovery 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
BEM250 Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management 3  
PSC131 American Government - National 3  
PSC251 Principles of Public Administration 3  
PSC261 International Relations 3  Cultural Diversity Requirement
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
BEM265 Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management 3  
HIS335 U.S. Constitutional and Legal History 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
PSC402 Terrorism, Civil War and Genocide 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
HSJ263 Criminal Justice 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
BEM311 Technological Elements of Emergency Management 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
SOC313 Research Methods 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
BEM Directed Emergency Management Elective 3  
BEM Directed Emergency Management Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
BEM450 Emergency Management Internship 3  
BEM495 Emergency Management Capstone 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  

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