With this Momentum program, instead of attending classes, you’ll work with faculty mentors to demonstrate your mastery in one competency area and move to the next until you complete your degree. You must have a conferred associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from an accredited college to enroll in this program. To learn more about Momentum, contact an admissions representative or your academic advisor.

The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management offers a practical education designed to prepare you for a full spectrum of careers in emergency management and public safety. It introduces you to the all-hazards approach and provides an in-depth understanding of risk assessment, hazard identification, prevention and management techniques, the multiple phases of emergency and disaster management, and counterterrorism. It also covers the prevention, management, mitigation, and recovery from man-made and natural disasters. From the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe, our emergency and disaster management program stresses the fact that all disasters are local, which is a foundational emergency management concept.

This program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who are board-certified emergency managers (CEM) or who hold key positions in government agencies or national safety and security organizations.

Degree Requirements (60 semester hours)

A conferred associate of arts or associate of science degree (or higher degree) is required for admission into any Momentum program. This conferred degree fulfills the first 60 credits toward the Momentum bachelor’s degree. 

Momentum Requirements (62 semester hours)

SSGS - Research, Analysis, and Writing

  • SSGS300A - Research Problem: Identify a research problem in the student's discipline.

  • SSGS300B -Scholarly Research: Demonstrate the ability to conduct scholarly research in the student's discipline.

  • SSGS300C - Formal Research Paper: Produce a well-researched and correctly formatted and referenced paper in the student's particular discipline.

EDMG101 - Introduction to Emergency Management

  • EDMG101A - History of Emergency Management: Summarize the history of emergency management as a professional practice and explain the functional operation of emergency management programs.

  • EDMG101B - Emergency Management Systems, Programs, and Personnel: Explain the role of integrated emergency management systems and the duties of key personnel in each phase of emergency management.

  • EDMG101C - Natural, Technological, & Man-Made Hazardous Community Risks: Identify specific risks posed by natural, technological, and man-made hazards.

HLSS302 - Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense

  • HLSS302A - Homeland Security Introduction: Explain homeland security and its associated risk management operations as defined by U.S. national security policy.

  • HLSS302B - Infrastructure Protection Programs: Outline the U.S. critical infrastructure protection programs.

  • HLSS302C - Capabilities & Limitations of the Homeland Security System: Illustrate the capabilities and limitations of the homeland security system.

SCIN137 - Introduction to Meteorology with Lab

  • SCIN137A - Weather and Climate: Explain the differences between weather and climate.

  • SCIN137B - Methodologies and Technologies in Weather: Identify the methodologies and technologies used to monitor and forecast weather conditions.

  • SCIN137C - Physics in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science: Describe the role the laws of physics play in meteorology and atmospheric science.

EDMG220 - Emergency Planning

  • EDMG220A - Emergency Management Process: Identify the stages in emergency management processes, and illustrate the relationships between disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery.

  • EDMG220B - Multi-Agency Roles in Emergency Situations: Explain the responsibilities of various agencies and mandates pertaining to emergency disaster, planning, and mitigation.

  • EDMG220C - Hazards in Emergency Situations: Explain the processes involved in an emergency response to community hazardous situations, including the role of emergency personnel in community disaster planning and recovery.

  • EDMG220D - Emergency Operations Plan (EOP): Identify the requirements for an effective Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

EDMG230 - Emergency and Disaster Incident Command

  • EDMG230A - Incident Command System: Demonstrate proficiency with the functional areas, responsibilities, and terms associated with an incident command system.

  • EDMG230B - Best Practices in Incident Management: Analyze past emergency incidents to determine best practices in incident management which minimize negative impact on the community and responders.

  • EDMG230C - Current State of Emergency Management: Analyze the current state of emergency management to improve practice.

  • EDMG230D - Emergency Operation Responsibilities: Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of agencies and individuals involved in emergency management.

HLSS211 - Emergency Response to Terrorism

  • HLSS211A - Terrorist Threat and Emergency Responders: Describe the terrorist threat to the U.S., including tactics aimed at first responders.

  • HLSS211B - CBRNE and Emergency Response: Explain the threat of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) weapons to society and the role of the emergency response community in handling incidents involving these weapons.

  • HLSS211C - History of Post-Cold War Terrorism in the U.S.: Outline the history of post-Cold War terrorism as it relates to the U.S.

EDMG240 - Chemistry of Hazardous Materials

  • EDMG240A - Chemical Families: Identify the major chemical families and individual chemicals, and describe the potential hazards and reactions associated with each.

  • EDMG240B - Hazardous Materials: Describe the hazards associated with each of the following: explosives, compressed gases, flammable materials, poisons, toxic materials, and radiation.

  • EDMG240C - Material Safety Data Sheets: Describe the information on hazardous chemical products required on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

HLSS212 - Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards

  • HLSS212A - CBRN Weapons: Describe chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and the methods used to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of these weapons.

  • HLSS212B - Current CBRN Threat Landscape: Identify basic threats associated with CBRN weapons.

  • HLSS212C - Identifying Risk of CBRN Use: Analyze past use of CBRN weapons to identify risk of CBRN use.

EDMG259 - Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness

  • EDMG259A - Planning for Hazards and Disasters: Compare and contrast hazards and disasters, including management techniques for both types of situation.

  • EDMG259B - Mitigation Programs, and Strategies: Identify mitigation strategies and explain the role of local, tribal, state, and federal government in hazard mitigation programs.

  • EDMG259C - Public Policy Decisions in Disaster Management: Explain the mitigation and preparedness strategies involved in making a community more resilient against the impacts of a disaster.

EDMG320 - Natural Disaster Management

  • EDMG320A - Public Policy Decision in Disaster Management: Critique public policy decisions regarding the roles and responsibilities of agencies in preparation, mitigation, management, and economic impact of natural disasters.

  • EDMG320B - Disaster Risk Reduction & Community Vulnerability: Identify the key challenges in disaster risk reduction and explain variation in community vulnerability.

  • EDMG320C - Protective & Mitigation Measures: Describe the protective and mitigation measures used to address man-made and natural disasters.

HLSS311 - Border and Coastal Security

  • HLSS311A - International Border Protection: Deconstruct the political, social, and economic implications of international border protection.

  • HLSS311B - Legislation & Government Strategies in Border Security: Summarize the legislation and governmental strategies which aim to identify vulnerability in costal and border security.

  • HLSS311C - International Border Protection Policies: Compare the similarities and differences between the external borders of New Europe and the U.S.-Mexico border.

HLSS312 - Port Security

  • HLSS312A - U.S. Port Security Strategies: Outline legislation and governmental strategies used to highlight vulnerabilities and secure U.S. ports.

  • HLSS312B - Port Security Challenges: Identify the political, social, and environmental challenges related to port security.

  • HLSS312C - Port Management Security: Explain the importance of port management security.

EDMG321 - Social Media Application to Emergency and Disaster Management

  • EDMG321A - Social Media Communications in Disasters: Prepare social media communications using various social media outlets that would support emergency management, homeland security, and public health emergency operations in a disaster situation.

  • EDMG321B - Limitations and Misinformation in Social Media Outlets: Describe the effects of misinformation and the limitations of social media use in emergency management operations.

  • EDMG321C - Communication Strategies: Devise effective communication strategies for each phase of emergency management.

EDMG330 - Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials

  • EDMG330A - Hazmat Laws, Regulations, and Standards: Explain the differences and similarities between local, state, and federal laws, regulations and standards concerning hazmat.

  • EDMG330B - Hazmat/Terrorist Incident Planning: Explain the process of planning, organizing, and training for hazmat/terrorist incidents.

  • EDMG330C - Incident Command Organizational Structure: Develop a comprehensive incident command organizational structure for a hazmat response following the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines.

EDMG340 - Consequence Management

  • EDMG340A – Terrorism: Compare and contrast the various definitions of terrorism.

  • EDMG340B - CBRNE Agents: Describe the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) agents and the public health consequences of each.

  • EDMG340C - Management of CBRNE Incidents: Identify the current measures in place in your region for emergency planning and response along with the emerging detection and management technologies currently available to emergency managers/responders for CBRNE incidents.

EDMG420 - Risk Communications

  • EDMG420A - Risk and Crisis Communications: Compare and contrast risk communication and crisis communication in emergency disaster operations.

  • EDMG420B - Crisis Communication Plan: Prepare a comprehensive Crisis Communication Plan for an organization.

  • EDMG420C - The Media and Crisis Communications: Explain the different roles of the media and affected stakeholders in crisis communications.

PBHE413 - Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services

  • PBHE413A - Unified Command: Outline the benefits of unified command for multiple jurisdictional response situations.

  • PBHE413B - START Triage System: Apply the components of the START triage system to various natural and man-made disasters.

  • PBHE413C - Disaster Incidents: Compare and contrast emergency response to common emergencies versus mass casualty and disaster incidents.

PBHE426 - Quarantine

  • PBHE426A - Public Health Services Delivery: Analyze ethical, legal, and sociological aspects of public health services delivery.

  • PBHE426B - Control of Communicable Diseases: Compare and contrast ancient and modern methods for the control of communicable diseases.

  • PBHE426C - Quarantine and Isolation in Bioterrorism: Explain the place of quarantine and isolation in bioterrorism preparedness and response.

PSYC431 - Psychology of Disaster

  • PSYC431A - Human Response to Disaster: Explain the variance in expected biological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal responses to disaster.

  • PSYC431B - Psychological Responses of Disaster Survivors: Assess the psychological risk factors and protective measures that predict the severity of distress and disruption after a disaster and the responses, symptoms, and needs of survivors including children and adolescents.

  • PSYC431C - Mental Health Care Interventions: Evaluate the mental health care interventions for victims and responders following a disaster.

Total = 122 semester hours