The Associate of Arts in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness provides you with a fundamental understanding of terrorism, terrorist weapons, security vulnerabilities, extremist groups, counterterrorism tactics, and national security. The U.S. military, government agencies, and defense contractors need knowledgeable individuals to help them plan for, deter, and recover from terrorist incidents. This online associate degree helps you to prepare for a career as a security officer, law enforcement officer, or security specialist with organizations concerned with national security, public safety, and counterterrorism.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of weapons of mass destruction, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Recognize the threat to the U.S. posed by both domestic and international terrorist groups and state actors armed with weapons of mass destruction.
  • Describe the threat posed to society by chemical agents.
  • Relate the threat posed to society by biological agents.
  • Identify the threat posed to society by radiological and nuclear terrorism.
  • Review the use of detection and monitoring equipment and personal protection and decontamination practices for the first responder.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required24
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 course from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 course from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (24 semester hours)

EDMG340Consequence Management3
HLSS154Mind of a Terrorist3
HLSS212Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards3
HLSS215Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction3
HLSS302Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense3
HLSS305Private Sector Homeland Security3
HLSS310Critical Infrastructure Protection3
HLSS312Port Security3
Total Semester Hours24

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.6
Total Semester Hours6