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Emergency Management - Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management focuses on the development and education of emergency managers and other administrative personnel with responsibilities in emergency management or the allied homeland security field of study. Students receive education in the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from natural or technological emergencies, disasters and catastrophes. Students complete virtual incident command and training exercise activities, and have the opportunity to develop significant research projects or internships with emergency and disaster management agencies.

Students in this Major:

  • Learn about the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Analyze past disasters and examine effectiveness of the current all-hazards approach to emergency management.
  • Learn about natural and technological hazards, and develop hazard and vulnerability assessments.
  • Study new and innovative methods for preparing communities and organizations to address the risk of emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes.
  • Build leadership, communication, decision- making and problem solving skills through the development and completion of incident command system-based tabletop, functional and full-scale virtual exercises.
  • Explore the major legal and liability issues in emergency management and their potential roles in rule-making and policy development.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to develop, conduct and evaluate disaster exercises in highly-structured and applied, interactive educational simulations.

Career Opportunities:

  • County and city emergency and disaster management agencies
  • Regional and state emergency management and homeland security departments and agencies
  • Federal emergency management and homeland security agencies
  • Emergency management departments within many Federal agencies
  • Hospitals and public health agencies
  • Private corporations and businesses,including nuclear power plants
  • Criminal justice, firefighting and emergency service agencies

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be prepared to take Survey of Math (Math 111) or College Algebra (MATH 121)
  • Students must be prepared to take Expository Writing (ENGL 101)
  • Transfer students must meet re-registration requirements to be considered for admission.



Semester I Credits

CITA 110 Intro to Information Technology 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
MATH 111
MATH 121
Survey of Math (GER 1) OR
College Algebra (GER 1)
3- 4
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology (GER 3) 3
  American History (GER 4) 3

Semester II Credits

ACCT 101
ACCT 104
Foundations of Financial Accounting OR
Survey of Accounting
MATH 141 Statistics (GER) 3
POLS 101
POLS 105
Intro. Gov't and Politics (GER) OR
Nat'l Gov't and Politics (GER)
  Foreign Language (GER 9) 4
  Arts Elective (GER 8) 3

Semester III Credits

EADM 201 Fundamentals of Emergency Management 3
EADM 205 Hazard Assessment and Mitigation 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (GER) 3
  Other World Civil Elect (GER 6) 3
  General Elective 3

Semester IV Credits

EADM 220 Emergency Management and Response 3
EADM 222 Emergency Planning 3
  Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3
  Science Elective (GER 2) 3-4
  Western Civil Elect (GER 5) 3

Semester V Credits

BSAD 301 Principles of Management 3
EADM/BSAD 305 Public Budgeting & Fiscal Mgmt 3
BSAD 319 Professional Ethics 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3

Semester VI Credits

BSAD 310 Human Resource Management 3
BSAD 340 Management Communications* 3
EADM 307 Legal Issues in Disasters and Emergencies 3
  U/L General Elective 3
  U/L Program Elective 3

Semester VII Credits

BSAD 375 Leadership and Change 3
EADM 400 Incident Management Systems 3
EADM 430 Simulated Disaster Training* 3
  U/L Liberal Elective 3
  U/L Program Elective 3

Semester VIII Credits

EADM 435 Disaster Simulation 6
EADM 480
EADM 485
Internship in EADM AND/OR
Senior Project AND/OR
U/L Program Courses

Core Upper Level Electives:

Upper Level Core Electives:
All upper-level EADM, JUST, HSMB, CONS, ECON, BSAD, SSCI, CITA, PSYC courses, and/or other upper-level courses with permission of instructor.

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement

U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

NOTE: Emergency Management students must meet all ten General Education Requirements.

SUNY Canton Course Descriptions

Jay Roorbach