Emergency Management

Occupational Degree

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Department of Business Studies
Cottage 1 • Phone (215) 968-8190
Curriculum Code No. 2178

The Emergency Management Associate Degree Program, which is aligned with the Emergency Management Institute’s Higher Education Program and the Principles of Emergency Management, prepares the student for a position in Emergency Management, Business Continuity, and related disciplines. In addition to the courses that prepare the student to plan for all-hazards, the courses in this curriculum provide the student with technical information on a wide range of topics. Courses such as Emergency Management Exercise/Design, Crisis Management and Critical Incident Stress, and Business Continuity Planning prepare the student for careers that are directly and indirectly related to the Emergency Management field. These careers include working in fire and emergency services, public/municipal planning, healthcare safety, security, and public service. In addition, this program provides individuals already working in emergency management or in a related field, the opportunity to prepare for promotion and/or professional certification while at the same time earning an Associate Degree.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • Manage a public or private sector emergency management plan;
  • Demonstrate and apply the fundamental skills associated with emergency planning, hazard vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, and business impact analysis based on emergency management concepts;
  • Evaluate vulnerabilities to communities and businesses through discussion-based and operations-based exercises;
  • Develop plans for resilience and continuity of essential operations based on after action reviews; and
  • Apply emergency management principles for the prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery to all-hazards.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
ACCT105
Financial Accounting A
4
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,2,10
3
Writing Elective E 3
FRSC202
Hazardous Material C
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,2,6
3
MGMT140
Supervision
3
MGMT200
Organizational Behavior C,F
3
MGMT230
Principles of Management C,F
3
MGMT250
Human Resource Management C,F
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
PUBS101
Introduction to Emergency Management
3
PUBS104
Crisis Management and Critical Incident Stress C
3
PUBS206
Business Continuity Management A,C
3
PUBS207
Emergency Management Exercise Design C
3
PUBS212
Emergency Communications and Public Information C,9
3
PUBS280
Emergency Management Internship C
3
Arts/Humanities Elective B,1 3
Science Elective A,C,D,7 3-4
SOCI110
Intro. to Sociology 2,3,8
3
OR
PSYC110
Intro. to Psychology 2,3,8
3
Total Credit Hours 62-63

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for students seeking the Academic Certificate. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustment to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
ACCT105
Financial Accounting A
4
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,2,10
3
PUBS101
Introduction to Emergency Management
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,2,6
3
Total Credit Hours 17

Second Semester

Course Credits
MGMT140
Supervision
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
PUBS104
Crisis Management and Critical Incident Stress B
3
Writing Elective E 3
SOCI110
Intro. to Sociology 2,3,8
3
OR
PSYC110
Intro. to Psychology 2,3,8
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
FRSC202
Hazardous Material B
3
MGMT200
Organizational Behavior B,C
3
MGMT230
Principles of Management B,C
3
PUBS206
Business Continuity Management A,B
3
Science Elective A,C,D,7 3-4
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
MGMT250
Human Resource Management B,C
3
PUBS207
Emergency Management Exercise Design B
3
PUBS212
Emergency Communications and Public Information B
3
PUBS280
Emergency Management Internship C
3
Arts/Humanities Elective B,1 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required
B Arts/Humanities (Gen Ed Core) Requirement: Consult the approved list of courses
C Course requires prerequisites and/or co-requisites
D Choose between: BIOL101, BIOL115, CHEM101, or SCIE103
E Choose between: COMP111, COMP114, or MGMT135 (Decision on COMP111, COMP114, or MGMT135 should be made with Advisor based on possible transfer requirements)
F Successful completion of PUBS101 (C or better) and MGMT140 (C or better) meets the prerequisites for MGMT200, MGMT230, and MGMT250

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing