May 25, 2024  
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1 
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1

Emergency Management, BS


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management program is to provide students with a strong understanding of emergency, hazard, and disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. With the knowledge and understanding of how individuals and organizations at all levels of government should respond during emergencies, students will work to be prepared to effectively impact challenges encountered by today’s emergency responders and managers. Moreover, the implications and impact of various technological advances in emergency management will be evaluated and integrated.

Goal/Learning Outcomes

Graduates completing the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management program will accomplish the following outcomes:

  1. Distinguish between emergency management functions, organizations, and activities.
  2. Interpret the national, state, and local response framework, operation plans, and response strategies.
  3. Identify actions to reduce or eliminate risk to people and property from hazards and their effects including long-term solutions for reducing risk.
  4. Critically evaluate emergency management research methods, empirical data, and the significance and importance of research reports.
  5. Apply and evaluate the legal environment and disaster laws, legal issues, and concerns related to emergency management and response.
  6. Utilize various technological advances in emergency management, including GIS, emergency mapping, and incident management systems.
  7. Demonstrate effective writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Admission Requirements

All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the program. Program admission is not granted until a student has successfully completed 45 hours in the major curriculum at South College, earning a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.


The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management program is currently offered Online.

BS Emergency Management Curriculum: 180 Credits

Area I - Core Curriculum: 57.5 Credits


Computer Literacy


  • Approved Humanities Elective: Credits: 9


Personal Development


  • Approved Science Elective: Credits: 4

Social Science

  • Approved Social Science Elective: Credits: 13.5

Written Communication

Emergency Management Elective: 18 Credits

Choose from the following courses: