The societal need for highly trained and educated emergency management specialists has never been greater. In the wake of natural disasters and ongoing terrorist threats, both government and business officials recognize the need for concerted efforts to prevent emergencies to the extent that it's possible and mitigate the damage when it's not possible.

Emergency management specialists coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural, wartime, or technological disasters. This professional career requires a wide array of abilities to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

The curriculum for the B.S. in Emergency Preparedness consists of a core of approximately 69 credit hours and 51 additional credit hours, including general education credits. All students complete internships and/or research participation. This interdisciplinary curriculum provides multiple opportunities for graduates in the growing emergency management field.

Emergency preparedness students will…
  • Understand the differences between a catastrophe and a disaster as well as implications of those differences for public policy, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Be able to build from past approaches to future strategies that will minimize impacts of catastrophic events.
  • Be able to identify the components of both short-term and long-term disaster response and recovery operations.
  • Develop the competencies to become professional and community leaders whose efforts prepare their communities.
  • Be well prepared to directly enter career positions in the emergency preparedness field or to successfully pursue post-baccalaureate education programs.

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