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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
|Homeland Security Core||48|
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 Skills||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101 or equivalent)||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Mathematics (MA 111,MA 112, or MA 140,MA 142, or equivalent)||6|
|Physical Science (lab must be included)||6|
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|HS 110||Introduction to Homeland Security||3|
|HS 155||Foundations of Information Security||3|
|HS 215||Introduction to Industrial Security||3|
|HS 280||Professional Skills in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 310||Fundamentals of Emergency Management||3|
|HS 315||Critical Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis||3|
|HS 320||Homeland Security Law and Policy||3|
|HS 325||Terrorism: Origin, Ideologies, and Goals||3|
|HS 350||Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 360||Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 385||Homeland Security Technology and Systems||3|
|HS 405||Emergent Topics in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 410||Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security||3|
|HS 480||Environmental Security||3|
|or WX 480||Environmental Security|
|HS 490||Practicum in Homeland Security||3|
|Cooperative Education (CE 696)||3|
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.
|SF 201||Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety||3|
|or SF 210||Introduction to Aerospace Safety|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Environmental Compliance and Safety|
|Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology|
|Applications in Industrial Hygiene|
|Health, Safety, and Aviation Law|
|MA 222||Business Statistics (or equivalent)||3|
|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.|
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