The Associate of Science in Explosive Ordnance Disposal examines the historical development, science, methods, and practices of explosive ordnance detection and disposal, as well as emergency responses to terrorist acts and national security. This online associate degree program offers ideal preparation for a career as an explosive ordnance disposal technician or first responder in the military, law enforcement agencies, and government contractors.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe specific dates in relation to discovery, invention, and use of various explosives.
  • Discuss the history and background of electricity and electronics as typically found in hazardous devices.
  • List important scientists and inventors who played essential roles in explosives development.
  • Explain the safety precautions to observe when conducting operations involving hazardous devices that incorporate energy bombs and electromagnetic pulse devices.
  • Restate the principles and theories of fundamental concepts of electricity, physics, and chemistry as they apply to explosive devices.
  • Interpret circuit components most commonly used in hazardous devices.
  • Recognize hazardous device electronic diagrams.
  • Summarize the operations and methods used during ordnance and emergency responses.
  • Describe the safety precautions used when handling explosives.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required16
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements11
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
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
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL115Argumentation and Rhetoric3
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
The History and Context of STEM
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
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
CHEM180Introduction to Chemistry3
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (16 semester hours)

SCIN133Introduction to Physics with Lab4
HLSS230Chemistry of Explosives3
HLSS231History of Explosive Ordnance Disposal3
HLSS232Electronics, Electricity, and Explosives3
HLSS233Explosive Incident Assessment: Methods, Practices, Protocols3
Total Semester Hours16

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

EXOD299Sophomore Seminar in Explosive Ordnance Disposal 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (11 semester hours)

Students must complete 11 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.11
Total Semester Hours11