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 recognized by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The university is the first online institution to receive this important distinction. In addition, 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 Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Identify the goals of disaster management from prevention/reduction of loss due to hazards, disasters, and emergencies.
  • Differentiate between response strategies for the various emergency and disaster incidents.
  • Examine the phases of the cycle of disasters.
  • Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of the individuals and agencies in an emergency and disaster incident.
  • Analyze factors and coping strategies involved in emergencies and disasters.
  • Demonstrate emergency and disaster preparedness from planning to recovery.

While learning objectives that are specific to the academic discipline have been identified for each degree program, the University System also outlines general education outcomes (Level 1 and 2) that are sought throughout the institution and at each degree level.


Degree at a Glance

First Course Requirement3
General Education Requirements34
Core Requirements31
Major Requirements12
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements39
Total Semester Hours122

Degree Program Requirements

First Course Requirement (3 semester hours)

COLL100Foundations of Online Learning 13
Total Semester Hours3

Required as the first course in all undergraduate programs.

General Education Requirements (34 semester hours)

English (6 semester hours)
ENGL101Proficiency in Writing (Required)3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
History (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
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
Humanities (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Arabic I
Art Appreciation
Public Speaking
French I
French II
German I
German II
Human Relations Communication
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Literature (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following: 13
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
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Political Science (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
International Relations I
American Government I
Science (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 Physical Geology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Physics I with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH225 - Calculus)
Physics II with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH226 - Calculus II)
Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Total Semester Hours34

Core Requirements (31 semester hours)

EDMG101Introduction to Emergency Management3
EDMG220Emergency Planning3
EDMG230Emergency and Disaster Incident Command3
SCIN137Introduction to Meteorology with Lab4
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
EDMG320Natural Disaster Management3
EDMG330Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
EDMG340Consequence Management3
PBHE413Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services3
PSYC431Psychology of Disaster3
Total Semester Hours31

Major Requirements (12 semester hours)

Select 4 courses from the following:12
Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness
Mind of a Terrorist
Emergency Response to Terrorism
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction
Chemistry of Explosives
History of Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Electronics, Electricity, and Explosives
Explosive Incident Assessment: Methods, Practices, Protocols
Social Media Application to Emergency and Disaster Management
Risk Communications
Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense
Border and Coastal Security
Port Security
Independent Study
Hazardous Materials Management
Total Semester Hours12

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

EDMG498Senior Seminar in Emergency & Disaster Mgmt. 13
Total Semester Hours3

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all core and major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (39 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill core or major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.