The undergraduate certificate in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness is a concentrated program within the discipline of homeland security. You will study the various weapons of mass destruction, incident command, regulatory issues, and consequence management. You'll also look at the psychological and behavioral perspectives of terrorism, along with chemical, biological, and radiological hazards. Skilled and knowledgeable individuals are needed in many organizations to combat potential terrorist threats and protect people and organizational assets. This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of weapons of mass destruction without committing to a degree program.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the threat posed to society by chemical, biologic, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons.
  • Name the state and non-state actors most likely to obtain weapons of mass destruction.
  • Identify the motivation, ease and constraints on both state and non-state actors in acquiring CBRN weapons.
  • Describe countermeasures available to US agencies fighting terrorism.
  • Determine the role of the federal government in disaster response.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

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
HLSS312Port Security3
Total Semester Hours18