The purpose of the Bachelor in Emergency Services Management with a concentration in Whole Community degree program provides a diversity of courses designed to offer students the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to help save lives and property from the potentially devastating impact of disasters. Emergency management is both a profession and a field of study in the key areas involved in addressing any threat or hazard, including prevention, protection, response, recover, and mitigation. The field covers man-made disasters, as well as issues of homeland security. The curriculum has two options. One is a degree completion option for those with an associate's degree.
General Education (36 semester hours) - courses in communications, literature, humanities, fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, math, and Christian Studies. These courses are viewed as being the liberal arts component of a degree and are foundational to upper division courses.
EMS Courses (27 semester hours) - courses in emergency, safety, and disaster management, emergency services technology, leadership, public administration, crisis communication and information and intelligence.
Concentration Electives (15 semester hours) - safety and disaster management, internship.
Major Electives (9 Semester Hours) – upper level course that permit a student to take additional work in the specialized areas of computer information systems, management, and organizational leadership.
General Electives (Sufficient hours to complete requirements for 123 hours for the degree) – courses that permit a student to take additional work in subjects that interest them and that will be helpful in their careers. It is important to consult with an advisor when selecting electives.