BAS, Emergency Management and Homeland Security

This program can be completed 100% online. 

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (BAS-EMHS) provides students with a well-rounded foundation in the history, politics, defense and preparedness aspects of terrorism. It will also provide students with the management principles of planning, mitigation, response and recovery from natural and man made disasters in emergency management roles. Graduates of the program will be able to conduct planning analysis, write, and implement emergency plans for public and private entities while addressing the issues of homeland security within the emergency management role. Emergency management and homeland security is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the United States today with excellent employment prospects for graduates in both the public and the private sector. 


Students completing this degree will:

  • Identify the underlying principles and roles of Emergency Management and Homeland Security within the public organizations and private sector business.
  • Apply the concepts of professional skills and competencies in Emergency Management and Homeland Security planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.

To earn a Bachelor's Degree students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Satisfy General Education requirements for Bachelor's degrees.
  3. Complete 120 units in total. 
    • 32 units must be completed at TMCC.
    • 40 units of upper-division units.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
Degree Entry Prerequisite Information
Students entering this BAS will start from one of several prerequisite options. Please contact the Program Advisor for more details on transfer articulation.
AAS, Prehospital Emergency Medicine72
Follow the program worksheet for AAS in Prehospital Emergency Medicine with the additional prerequisite:
AAS in Fire Technology60
Follow the Program Worksheet for AAS in Fire Technology
Units from AA. AS, or AAS Degree.60
General Education Requirements must be met. Depending on courses taken in the AAS, you may be required to take additional units to satisfy these requirements.
Natural Science
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters
Degree Requirements
EMHS 300Principles, Practices Philosophy & Doctrine of Emergency Management3
EMHS 302Principles and Practices of Mitigation and Recovery in Emergency Management3
EMHS 304Hazard Risk Management: Vulnerability and Risk3
EMHS 311International and Domestic Terrorism3
EMHS 313Homeland Security: Preparedness, Prevention, Deterrence & Emergency Management3
EMHS 321Homeland Security Policy, Ethics and Civil Liberties3
EMHS 410Social Dimensions, Lifecycle and Ethics of Disaster3
EMHS 412Emergency Management Fiscal Administration3
EMHS 414Organizational Crisis & Continuity Management3
EMHS 416Introduction to Exercise Design and Evaluation3
EMHS 421Critical Thinking and Strategic Intelligence3
EMHS 422Public Health and Disasters3
EMHS 423Critical Infrastructure and Resource Protection3
EMHS 425Emergency Management/Homeland Security Leadership & Communication3
EMHS 490Emergency Management Homeland Security Capstone3
Elective Requirements
Select 15 upper-division elective credits. 115
Advanced ICS-EOC Interface
History of United States Hazards and Disasters
Trauma Treatment in an age of disaster and terrorism
Physical Security and Deterrents to Terrorism
Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Homeland Security
Advanced Disaster Case Study
Critical Incident Management for Public Safety
Transportation Systems: Security and multi-modal transportation
Emergency Management Homeland Security Internship
Total Units120
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Elective 2 3
EMHS 300 Principles, Practices Philosophy & Doctrine of Emergency Management 3
EMHS 302 Principles and Practices of Mitigation and Recovery in Emergency Management 3
EMHS 306 Advanced ICS-EOC Interface 3
EMHS 311 International and Domestic Terrorism 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
EMHS 304 Hazard Risk Management: Vulnerability and Risk 3
EMHS 313 Homeland Security: Preparedness, Prevention, Deterrence & Emergency Management 3
EMHS 410 Social Dimensions, Lifecycle and Ethics of Disaster 3
EMHS 412 Emergency Management Fiscal Administration 3
EMHS 414 Organizational Crisis & Continuity Management 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
EMHS 321 Homeland Security Policy, Ethics and Civil Liberties 3
EMHS 421 Critical Thinking and Strategic Intelligence 3
EMHS 423 Critical Infrastructure and Resource Protection 3
EMHS 425 Emergency Management/Homeland Security Leadership & Communication 3
Elective 2 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Electives 2 9
EMHS 416 Introduction to Exercise Design and Evaluation 3
 Semester Total12
5th semester
EMHS 490 Emergency Management Homeland Security Capstone 3
 Semester Total3
 Total Units60