Bachelor of Science in
Homeland Security

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

In today’s world, there is daily evidence of the need for security. Natural disasters and the effects of climate change are costly and can devastate entire communities, the threat of terrorism is present globally, and the need for cybersecurity increases as technologies develop. A degree in Homeland Security will afford you the opportunity to have positive impact with every decision you make. You could change the course of events to influence history. You can direct society to a safer path. You will be at the front line to help people recover from disasters and to prevent crime and terrorism.

A Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security provides the tools to defend and protect against threats to our nation and act and react to all manner of menacing situations, natural or man-made. The degree empowers you to think, plan, survive intense circumstances, work independently and collaboratively in teams, and identify solutions to complex problems.    

You will take coursework in emergency management, terrorism studies, risk analysis, strategy, environmental security and cybersecurity. You will have hands-on experiences through internships, class projects, and a senior capstone research project to solve real-world challenges for real-world clients. Each résumé-building accomplishment increases your professional value and helps you develop a career with government agencies, businesses, or the military.   

If you want to make decisions and take actions that affect more than the bottom line, you should explore the Homeland Security degree. It is the choice for future security and intelligence professionals. 

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

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.

Career Outcomes

The Homeland Security program successfully prepares its students for dynamic careers, and by their senior year, students typically have completed an internship and a consulting experience in a real organization. As a direct result, almost 60% already have jobs or plans to attend graduate school by the time they graduate, which is significantly above the national average. Over three-fourths of the class have at least one interview before graduation, and, ultimately, 100% of Homeland Security students have jobs or are attending graduate school within one year of graduation.

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

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

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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