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Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

This degree program is designed to prepare students for emergency management careers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The interdisciplinary curriculum blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice, and emphasizes application of knowledge to practice settings.

Degree Requirements

A total of 120 semester hours are required, with 30 required hours in the major. JSU offers both online and on-campus courses. The B.S. in Emergency Management may be supported with a minor in Homeland Security (HS), a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications (PST) or other approved minors.

View the Undergraduate Course Descriptions

EM Required Courses

EM 301 Introduction to Disaster Management  3 hours
EM 321 Disaster Mitigation & Preparedness  3 hours
EM 331 Populations at Risk  3 hours
EM 411 Disaster Response & Recovery  3 hours
EM 471 Emergency Management Capstone course  3 hours
EM 481 Research in Disasters & Emergency Management  3 hours
Approved EM 300 + Electives 12 hours
Total EM Courses 30 hours

PST Minor

PST 110 Intro to Public Safety Communications  3 hours
PST 311 Interpersonal Communications  3 hours
PST 312 Legal Issues in Public Safety Communications  3 hours
PST 313 Introduction to Crisis Intervention  3 hours
PST 314 Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction  3 hours
PST 328 Technical Writing for Public Safety Communications  3 hours
Approved PST electives  3 hours
Total PST Courses 21 hours

Homeland Security Minor

EM 305 Introduction to Homeland Security  3 hours
EM/PST Approved Courses (15 hours) from the following:
EM 301 Introduction to Disaster Management *For non EM majors only  3 hours
EM 309 Emergency Response to WMD Event  3 hours
EM 341 Legal Fundamentals in EM and Homeland Security  3 hours
EM 351 Introduction to Terrorism  3 hours
EM 365 Public Information Policy  3 hours
EM 381 Social Dimensions of Disaster  3 hours
EM 420 Exercise Design and Evaluation  3 hours
EM 450 Management Systems in Disaster  3 hours
EM 461 Critical Infrastructure  3 hours
EM 475 Current Issues in Homeland Security  3 hours
EM 483 Planning and Preparedness for Homeland Security  3 hours
PST 314 Weapons of Mass Destruction  3 hours
Total Hours 18 hours

Area 1

EH 101 English Composition, EH 102 English Composition  6 hours
Total Area I  6 hours

Area 2

Literature (Choose any  two; do not have to be a sequence)  6 hours
EH 201 or 202 - American Lit
EH 203 or 204 - Survey of English Lit
EH 231 or 232 - World Lit
EH 219 or 220 - Honors Lit
Fine Arts (ART 202 or MU 233 or DR 22 or Any Foreign Language)  3 hours
ART 202 - Art Appreciation
MU 233 - Intro to Music
DR 242 - Intro to Theatre
Any Foreign Language
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective  3 hours
Choose one additional Lit or Fine Arts class listed above or EH 141
Total Area II 12 hours

Area 3

Approved Laboratory Science (Must be a sequence)  8 hours
BY 101/103, 102/104 - Biology
CY 105/107, 106/108 - Chemistry
GY 250/252, 251/253 - Geography
GL 241/243, 242/244 - Geology
PHY 201/211L, 202/212L - Physics
MS 108 Exploring Math or
MS 110 Finite Math or
MS 112 Precalculus Algebra
 3 hours
Total Area III 11 hours

Area 4

History (Must be a sequence)  6 hours

HY 101 & 102 - Western Civilization


HY 201 & 202 - American History
Social and Behavioral Science approved electives  3 hours
AN 224 - Intro to Anthropology
EC 221 - Principles of Microeconomics
EC 222 - Principles of Macroeconomics
GY 120 - World Regional Geography
GY 220 - Human Geography
PSC 100 - Intro to American Gov't
SY 221 - Intro to Sociology
PSY 222 - Human Development
PSY 201 Principles of Psychology  3 hours
Total Area IV 12 hours

Area 5

Area V electives chosen from a list of approved courses*  19 hours
*courses must be approved by an advisor
General Elective
9 hours if PST Minor
12 hours if HS Minor
Total for Degree 120 hours

Distance Learning

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Career Opportunities

Emergency management practice occurs in a variety of settings, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and business and industry. Government agencies include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and their state and local counterparts. Nonprofit organizations include the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. The increasing emphasis on homeland security will create additional opportunities for individuals with emergency management degrees.

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