College of Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders

Help Mitigate the Risk of Natural and Man-Made Disasters in Your Community

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management degree provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills through an all-hazards curriculum emphasizing emergency management principles that apply across disciplines, industries, and types of emergencies. The degree focuses on the knowledge and skills for public safety personnel to mitigate, prepare, respond to, and recover effectively from the effects of disasters in their community.

The design of the program spans multiple disciplines including Fire, EMS, criminal justice, and public administration. In addition, the program will expose students to scenario-based learning that enhance core competencies to adapt to the ever-changing world of emergency management.  Preparing the individual for leadership positions within the public safety sector, the program also includes leadership and management skill development.  This program is available to augment associates degrees or concentrations in any of the Fire, EMS, or Criminal justice programs into a bachelor’s degree.

What does an emergency manager do?

Emergency managers plan, prepare, and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies. They often lead and coordinate efforts of local and state government agencies during each phase of planning, preparing and responding to the emergency.

What is the job outlook?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 4% increase in positions in the next 10 years (Emergency Management Directors : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)).

Emergency managers plan, prepare and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies. They often lead and coordinate efforts of local and state government agencies during each phase of planning, preparing, and responding to an emergency.

4% increasein positions in the next 10 years*

median annual wage for emergency management directors*

*US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates


  • Develop plans and strategies to help organizations and communities prepare, respond and recover from disasters.
  • Mitigate potential hazards caused by natural and human-induced disasters.
  • Facilitate the education of organizations and communities on emergency preparation and response best practices.
  • Communicate with the public before, during, and after a crisis.
  • Lead in an ethical and culturally competent way.


  • Director of Emergency Management
  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Crisis Manager/Lead
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Disaster Recovery Specialist


Emergency Management

EMGT 225 Emergency Management Principles (3 cr)

EMGT 260 Disaster Mitigation (3 cr)

EMGT 261 Disaster Preparation (3 cr)

EGMT 315 Leadership & Management (3 cr)

EGMT 360 Response & Recovery (3 cr)

EGMT 402 Internship or Proven Experience (3 cr)

EGMT 420 Planning & Legal Foundations (3 cr)

Fire Science

FIRE 111 Hazardous Materials (3 cr)

FIRE 309 Fire Related Human Behavior (3 cr)

Criminal Justice

CJUS 103 Intro to Terrorism & Homeland Security (3 cr)

CJUS 303 Critical Infrastructure Protect (3 cr)

CJUS 313 Crisis Intervention (3 cr)

CJUS 321 Ethical Issues in Public Safety (3 cr)

CJUS 345 Statistics & Design Pub Safety (4 cr)

CJUS 401/FIRE 401 Senior Project (3 cr)

Political Science

POLI 130 State & Local Government (4 cr)

POLI 201 Intro to Public Administration (3 cr)