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Emergency Management Degree - Bachelor of Science


The BS degree in Emergency Management provides a necessary option to students seeking careers in public service or the private sector. The BS degree will include subjects pertaining to natural and manmade threats and disasters, policies and procedures, command structure, planning, legal issues, technology, communications, exercise design and risk assessment with regard to emergency management. The program should provide the necessary knowledge to prepare students for a career in the emergency management field.

Major Requirements (40 credit hours)

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  • LA 300 Foundations for Professional Success

    This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University’s four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
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  • EMGT 300 Introduction to Emergency Management

    This course examines the principles, systems and components involved in Emergency Management by providing a comprehensive overview of the subject. The cycle of Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery will also be explored.
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  • EMGT 310 Natural Disasters

    This course examines atmospheric and earth hazards that rapidly develop without significant warning and ways to mitigate damage caused by these incidents. Floods, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and earthquakes are examples of incidents that will be covered.
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  • EMGT 320 Terrorism

    This course examines the history, causes, methods and tools of terrorism, which will enable students to critically assess terrorism and terrorist incidents. The course will also cover emerging terrorist threats and counter-terrorism techniques.
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  • EMGT 330 The National Incident Management System

    This course examines the concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Management System (ICS), and how these concepts can be implemented. Multiagency Coordination Systems and the National Response Framework will also be covered.
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  • EMGT 340 Emergency Communications

    This course examines the key role of communications during a disaster. Students will learn how an emergency manager will work with the media for clear communications with both the private and public sectors.
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  • EMGT 400 Emergency Planning

    This course examines the various methods, procedures and strategies of emergency planning. This includes methodology concepts with the use of maps and analytical techniques as well as specialized planning.
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  • EMGT 410 Exercise Design

    This course examines the design and direction of Discussion Based exercises (e.g., Workshops, Table Top Exercises) and Operation Based exercises (e.g., Drills, Full Scale Exercise). The utilization of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) will also be covered.
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  • EMGT 420 Legal Issues in Emergency Management

    This course examines the law regarding emergency management incidents. The course will also examine constitutional, public health and liability issues.
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  • EMGT 430 Capstone Project

    This course will allow students to demonstrate the culmination of skills and knowledge which have been learned throughout the program. Students will plan, develop, implement, and assess a situational scenario for the final project.
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Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    Focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the western world, especially as they are found in the American vision and embedded in the values, traditions, documents, and institutions of the United States.
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  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    Begins with world traditions and investigates how social, economic, intellectual, and moral forces of change act against them. The course focuses on the tensions between tradition and change in the production of intellectual, social, and cultural progress. The course emphasizes intense student involvement in a comprehensive learning experience, culminating in a formal written thesis that confronts the values of limited government, popular rule, entrepreneurial processes, and reflective inquiry.
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  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    Focuses on the institutions and traditions of Western civilization that are found at the core of American democracy. Central focus is on the balanced relationship between freedom and the responsibilities involved in the ongoing maintenance of freedom in a just and productive society.
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Students applying for professional license or certification should verify the University’s offerings meet the requirements with the professional organization.

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