Emergency Management (BSEM), Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management includes an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on emergency management. The core coursework provides an overview of emergency management and the concentration areas sharpen student exposure to key areas of concern for disaster preparedness, hazard mitigation, response, and recovery. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate.

The program prepares students academically for all levels of government employment as well as in nonprofit and private companies. Students will become adept at performing risk management, emergency preparedness planning and mitigation to support continuity of operations (COO), and sustainability of communities. Students will gain a thorough understanding of interagency cooperation, public/private partnership coordination, and communication as well as administrative issues involving policies and procedures, labor relations, and fiscal matters.

Requirements

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management (BSEM). Thirty of the last 36 hours must be courses taken from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Registering for courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal.

To obtain a BSEM, a student must fulfill the University, College, and Program requirements. Some courses may satisfy requirements in more than one area, but credit is awarded only once. Grades of C- or better are required in the University General Education courses and in the 60 core hours.

  • 40 to 46 hours of University General Education courses
  • 30 hours of Emergency Management Core courses
  • 30 hours in two 15-hour areas of concentration
  • Elective hours as needed to reach 120 total credit hours

 TOTAL HOURS: 120

Writing in the Discipline Courses:

The writing in the discipline courses for emergency management are:

AVN 3060WRITING IN AVIATION3
CRCJ 3100WRITING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CIST 3000ADVANCED COMPOSITION FOR IS&T3
ENGL 2400ADVANCED COMPOSITION3
ENGL 3050WRITING FOR THE WORKPLACE3
ENGL 3980TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES3
MKT 3200BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS3
or a course approved by the academic advisor.

Courses Required for Major (Core Curriculum)

Emergency Management Core
EMGT 1000INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT3
EMGT 2020EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND COMMUNICATION3
EMGT 2050POLITICAL AND LEGAL FOUNDATIONS IN EMERGENCY SERVICES3
PA 2170INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3
PA/SOWK/CRCJ 3000APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN PUBLIC SECTOR3
EMGT 3040PREPAREDNESS/PLANNING AND RISK MITIGATION3
EMGT 3080AGENCY COLLABORATION DURING DISASTERS 3
EMGT 4060DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY3
EMGT 4200INTERNSHIP IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT3
EMGT 4990CAPSTONE PROJECT IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT3
Total Credits30

Concentration Areas (two 15-hour concentrations with 9 upper level hours in each)

  • Aviation Administration
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Fire Service Management
  • Gerontology
  • Geospatial Science
  • Information Technology and Communication
  • Intelligence and Security
  • Logistics Management
  • Natural Disasters
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning and Preparing for Urban Hazards
  • Private Sector Management
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Public Health
  • Tribal Management and Emergency Services

Aviation Administration

An emphasis on threats related to air travel, airport security, and disaster response.

Required Courses:
AVN 1000INTRODUCTION TO AVIATION AND AEROSPACE3
AVN 2020AIRLINE OPERATIONS3
or AVN 2050 INTRODUCTION TO AIRPORT ADMINISTRATION
AVN 4080AIRPORT SAFETY AND SECURITY3
Select six credit hours at the upper level from the following:6
BUSINESS AND CORPORATE AVIATION
AVIATION LAW
AIRPORT ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
INTERNATIONAL AVIATION
TRANSPORTATION ANALYSIS
MARKETING IN PUBLIC, NON-PROFIT AND AVIATION ORGANIZATIONS
GENERAL AVIATION OPERATIONS
Total Credits15

Criminology and Criminal Justice

An emphasis on the role of law enforcement in emergency situations and threat management, and emergencies in prison/institutional settings.

Required Course:
CRCJ 1010SURVEY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
Select 12 credit hours, 9 at the upper-level, from the following:12
POLICE AND SOCIETY
SURVEY OF CORRECTIONS
CRIMINOLOGY
INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS
INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS
COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS
TERRORISM
SPECIAL TOPICS 1
Total Credits15

Fire Service Management

An emphasis on fire safety and technology and the role of fire and rescue services in emergency and disaster situations.

Required Courses:
FSMT 2200CODES AND INSPECTIONS3
FSMT 2410STRATEGIES AND TACTICS IN FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES3
FSMT 3350FIRE PREVENTION, ORGANIZATION, AND MANAGEMENT3
FSMT 3680ANALYTICAL APPROACHES TO PUBLIC FIRE PROTECTION3
FSMT 4450FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION3
Total Credits15

Gerontology

An emphasis on the physical, psychological, and social aspects of aging with special attention to protecting this population in times of disaster. 

Required Courses:
GERO 2000INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY3
GERO 4460PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING3
GERO 4670PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY3
Select six credit hours from the following:6
ISSUES IN AGING 1
MENTAL HEALTH & AGING
LEGAL ASPECTS OF AGING
LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION
HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING
WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY
PRACTICUM
Total Credits15

Geospatial Science

An emphasis on the use of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Global Positioning and Cartography, to understand people, places and their relative position on earth’s surface, which aids in planning, preparedness and assistance in emergency situations. 

Select one course from the following:3
FUNDAMENTALS OF WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
Select one course from the following:4
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL SCIENCES
Select courses from the following to reach a 15 hour minimum:8
CARTOGRAPHY AND GIS
and CARTOGRAPHY & GIS LAB
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN GEOGRAPHY
COMPUTER MAPPING AND VISUALIZATION
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II
Total Credits15

Information Technology and Communication

An emphasis on communication systems, information sharing and access, and threats to information assurance and security.

Required Courses:
CYBR 1100INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SECURITY3
CIST 2100ORGANIZATIONS, APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY3
ISQA 3420MANAGING IN A DIGITAL WORLD3
Select six credit hours at the upper level, from the following:6
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT
INFORMATION SECURITY, POLICY AND AWARENESS
FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION ASSURANCE
MANAGING THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS SIMULATION AND MODELING
Total Credits15

Intelligence and Security

An emphasis on intelligence gathering and analysis and the role of politics in the formation of national and international security programs.

Required Courses:
PSCI 2210INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
PSCI 3260UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY3
PSCI 4250INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY3
Select six credit hours, 3 at the upper level, from the following:6
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
GLOBAL SECURITY ISSUES
EUROPEAN POLITICS
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF RUSSIA AND THE POST-SOVIET STATES
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF CHINA AND EAST ASIA
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF EAST ASIA
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
INTERNATIONAL LAW
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF LATIN AMERICA
ISLAM AND POLITICS
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF GREAT BRITAIN
POLITICS OF FRANCE
Total Credits15

Logistics Management

An emphasis on management and coordination of resources to support government and private sector operations in normal and emergency situations.

Required Courses:
SCMT 3410SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT3
SCMT 4380INDUSTRIAL PURCHASING AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT3
Nine credit hours from the following:
ACCT 2000ACCOUNTING BASICS FOR NON-BUSINESS MAJORS3
ACCT 2010
ACCT 2020
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I
and PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II
6
SCMT 2000SURVEY OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT3
SCMT 4330PROJECT MANAGEMENT3
SCMT 4350GLOBAL SOURCING AND INNOVATION3
SCMT 4540SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP1-3
ECON 1200AN INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. ECONOMY3
SCMT/ISQA 4160INTRODUCTION TO ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING3

Natural Disasters

An emphasis on naturally occurring disasters and their scientific nature including prediction, preparedness and response.

Select two courses from the following:7-8
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT GEOGRAPHY
Select two courses from the following to reach a 15 hour minimum:7-8
METEOROLOGY
and INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY LABORATORY
CLIMATOLOGY
SOIL GENESIS, MORPHOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATION
WATER RESOURCES
Total Credits14-16

Nonprofit Management

An emphasis on the role of nonprofit organizations during times of disaster including foundational knowledge of financial management, community change, marketing and managing volunteer and staff within the organization.

Required Courses:
PA 3500NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND MANAGEMENT3
PA 4500NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING3
PA 3600PERSONNEL AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT IN NONPROFITS3
PA 3700FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR NONPROFITS3
PA 4100MARKETING IN PUBLIC, NON-PROFIT AND AVIATION ORGANIZATIONS3
Total Credits15

Planning and Preparing for Urban Hazards

An emphasis on geography including human populations and their impact on dealing with urban hazards, such as natural or manmade disasters.

Select two courses from the following:6-7
FUNDAMENTALS OF WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO URBAN STUDIES
Select courses from the following to reach a 15 hour minimum:9
ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
URBAN GEOGRAPHY
URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
Total Credits15-16

Private Sector Management

Emphasis on business principles including business continuity planning, sustainability and resiliency.

Required Courses:
ACCT 2000ACCOUNTING BASICS FOR NON-BUSINESS MAJORS3
ECON 2200PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MICRO)3
MKT 3310PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
MGMT 3490MANAGEMENT3
ENTR 3710ENTREPRENEURIAL FOUNDATIONS3
Total Credits15

Public Administration and Management

An emphasis on budgeting, organizational structure, human resources, and planning

Required Courses:
PA 4300SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY3
PA 4390PUBLIC BUDGETING3
PA 3500NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND MANAGEMENT3
or PA 4410 PUBLIC PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
Select six credit hours from the following:6
LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION
ELEMENTS OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE
STRATEGIC PLANNING
Total Credits15

Public Health

Emphasis on the role of healthcare in disaster situations including epidemics, pandemics, bio-terrorism and other public health issues.

Required Courses:
HED 1500FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HED 4130COMMUNITY HEALTH3
HED 4880PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY3
Select six credit hours from the following:6
HEALTH EDUCATION - PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION
EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREVENTION OF DISEASE
GENERAL SAFETY EDUCATION
PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY
Total Credits15

Tribal Management and Emergency Services

Emphasis on the knowledge of tribal government and law as well as how tribal governments interface with the local, state and federal government.

Required Courses:
EMGT 1150INTRODUCTION TO TRIBAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT3
EMGT 2060FOUNDATIONAL INDIAN LAW & POLICY ISSUES3
EMGT 2500DISASTERS AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS3
EMGT 3020FEDERAL/TRIBAL GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT RELATIONS3
EMGT 4050INTEGRATION OF CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN TRIBAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT3
Total Credits15