The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree is based on the needs of government and the private sector and provides students with a comprehensive picture of the functional and operational areas in the homeland security enterprise, careers and challenges that face our nation.  

Bachelor of Science in
Homeland Security

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree is based on the needs of government and the private sector and provides students with a comprehensive picture of the functional and operational areas in the homeland security enterprise, careers and challenges that face our nation. The program combines general education requirements with a core of homeland security courses specializing in emergency management, environmental security, industrial security, strategic planning, intelligence, law and policy, terrorism studies, and cybersecurity. The degree also allows students to broaden their studies with minors in terrorism studies, forensic accounting, cybersecurity, international relations, safety or business, etc. Required internships and a consulting oriented capstone help ensure graduates have the professional preparation and credentials they need to succeed in this growing field. 

The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree is housed in the Security Studies and International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Typical First-Year Coursework

First-year coursework will vary according to breadth area, students preparation, and background prior to entering the University.  However, generally, students in the first year will take general education courses and homeland security core courses such as Introduction to Homeland Security and Foundations of Information Security.  In addition, students can begin to take courses in their breadth areas if they’ve settled on them.  Also, students have regular access to faculty and student advisors that will assist them in determining their schedules and in explaining the various options students have for breadth. 

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security requires successful completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters, with a variety of ways to combine minors and specializations to gain the necessary breadth. Students are also required to complete an internship or Cooperative Education program.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security requires successful completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters as outlined below. Breadth area can be accomplished in several ways, for example:

  • Completing two minors (minimum of 30 credit hours)
  • Completing one minor and a second coherent set of coursework of at least 15 credits approved through the advising process (minimum of 30 credit hours)
  • Completing a second major (minimum of 30 credit hours)

All Homeland Security majors must complete a senior capstone course (HS 490) and a three-credit internship (at least 300 hours) or co-op following their freshman year. All university requirements for eligibility apply and the high school program works with Career Services to administrate all internship experiences.

Students transferring into the program who have earned academic credits in homeland security-related coursework or professional experience may be granted credit hours to be applied to the degree program with approval from the program coordinator.

B.S. in Homeland Security with Two Breadth Areas

General Education37
Homeland Security Core48
Breadth Area30
Program Support9
Credits Total124

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101 or equivalent)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Mathematics (MA 111,MA 112, or MA 140,MA 142, or equivalent)6
Physical Science (lab must be included)6
UNIV 101College Success1
Credits Total37

Homeland Security Core Courses

HS 110Introduction to Homeland Security3
HS 155Foundations of Information Security3
HS 215Introduction to Industrial Security3
HS 280Professional Skills in Homeland Security3
HS 310Fundamentals of Emergency Management3
HS 315Critical Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis3
HS 320Homeland Security Law and Policy3
HS 325Terrorism: Origin, Ideologies, and Goals3
HS 350Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security3
HS 360Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security3
HS 385Homeland Security Technology and Systems3
HS 405Emergent Topics in Homeland Security3
HS 410Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security3
HS 480Environmental Security3
or WX 480 Environmental Security
HS 490Practicum in Homeland Security3
Cooperative Education (CE 696)3
Credits Total48
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Students with a CGPA of 2.5 or higher may enroll in the Cooperative Education or internship experience at the equivalent of three or more credits to be taken during or after the sophomore year. Students must see their advisor prior to enrollment and the prerequisite for any internship is HS 280 or consent of advisor.

Program Support

SF 201Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety3
or SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety
Select one of the following:3
SF 315
Environmental Compliance and Safety
SF 355
Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
SF 405
Applications in Industrial Hygiene
SF 462
Health, Safety, and Aviation Law
MA 222Business Statistics (or equivalent)3
Credits Total9

Breadth Area

All Homeland Security majors are required to complete coursework to compliment the HS core courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their breadth requirement by either a second major, or two minors (minimum 30 credits total), or one minor and a “coherent block of credits” (minimum 30 credits total) which is determined with consent of the Homeland Security advisor. The breadth areas are located in the Minor Course of Studies.
Credits Total30
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