2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Nov 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog

Homeland Security Emergency Management (BAS/HSEM) Course Map


Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of at least an associate degree (or 90 college level credits) with a cumulative GPA for all college-level credits of 2.0 or greater
  • Completion of 45 college-level general education credits, inclusive of the 5 general education requirement blocks listed below (Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural sciences, including lab)
  • Completion of the BAS application packet and submission of supporting documentation
  • NOTE: students lacking any of these requirements are encouraged to speak with an the HSEM Program Chair or an HSEM Advisor to determine the best way to meet those requirements, either prior to or after admission to the program

Graduation Requirements

  • 2.0 minimum grade in all upper-division BAS HSEM core requirement courses
  • 1.5 minimum grade in all other courses
  • 2.0 minimum GPA for program
  • Minimum of 60 approved college-level general education credits earned at both the associate and BAS HSEM levels
    • Communication skills (10 credits)
    • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)
    • Humanities (10 credits)
    • Social Sciences (10 credits)
    • Natural Sciences (10 credits) At least 5 credits in physical, biological and/or earth sciences.  Shall include at least one laboratory course.
    • Additional general education courses (15 credits) - Remaining general education courses needed to achieve the required 60 credits should be selected from distribution areas listed above
  • Minimum of 180 college-level course credits

1. Risk Assessment for Homeland Security Emergency Management


2. Effective Organizational Communication and Public Speaking


3. Leadership in Homeland Security Emergency Management


  • Course purpose: This course provides an introduction to leadership and organizational theory emphasizing principles and techniques of leadership and supervision including meta-leadership.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor


Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. External Affairs for Emergency Management


5. Systems Thinking and Individual Leadership


6. Risk Reduction for Homeland Security Emergency Management


7. Continuity Planning for Business and Government


  • Course purpose: This course provides an overview of the Business Continuity Planning (BCP) process for private sector organizations, and Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) processes for operations focused on strategies to minimize the risk of disruptions to the normal business process.

8. Technology and Cybersecurity in Homeland Security Emergency Management


9. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Homeland Security Emergency Management


10. Professional Development Seminar


  • Course purpose: This course prepares the student for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Work-Based Learning experience. This includes the culmination of an ongoing and dynamic process to develop an individual professional portfolio documenting essential areas of study in homeland security emergency management and to plan short- and long-term professional improvement goals.

Action Item: Apply for Graduation


Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

11. English Composition II


12. Legal Issues in Homeland Security Emergency Management


13. World Language/Social Science Course Recommendation


In consultation with your advisor, choose 5-15 credits of college-level world language or social science courses, depending on your course goals and remaining graduation requirements.*

*Note: Courses outside of the list provided below can be chosen, but please see your advisor to ensure the courses fulfill the general education requirements. The courses listed below are noted because they align with the field of HSEM and fulfill general education requirements..

Note: Some students may not need to take additional courses, dependent upon coursework that was transferred into the program.

  • Course purpose: You will learn how to write technical reports. This skill is critical for HSEM professionals as they will be generating reports and strategic plans.

  • Course purpose: There are times when a HSEM professional must work in a situation where people die.  It is important to understand the sociological concepts around death, dying, and bereavement.

  • Course purpose: This course will allow you to understand political systems and how they impact policy. Often, governmental policy will dictate how a HSEM professional approaches the work.

  • Course purpose: In this course you will develop a deeper comprehension of what drives the majority of geology-related incidents, emergencies and disasters that fall within the responsibilities of an HSEM professional.

  • Course purpose: In this course you will learn about the tribes of the North West.  For those HSEM professionals who work in governmental agencies or those who work directly with tribes, it is critical that they understand cultural differences that exist within the tribal communities. 

  • Course purpose: In this course you will learn about the tribes of the inhabiting the coastal areas of the North West.  For those HSEM professionals who work in governmental agencies or those who work directly with tribes, it is critical that they understand cultural differences that exist within the tribal communities. 

  • Course purpose: In this course you will learn about the development of societies. This will provide some insight into work as a HSEM professional around interaction with the community.

  • Course purpose: This course provides a survey of the social service field history, philosophy, and theory.  HSEM professionals would benefit from understanding what social support systems are available in the community.

  • Course purpose: This course will increase your awareness around issues around challenges concerning race and ethnicity.

14. Ethics and Critical Thinking in Homeland Security Emergency Management


15. Project Management I: Planning


  • Course purpose: You will be introduced to project management best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will be introduced to the project management Initiate and Plan Process Groups framework, terminology, concepts, the tools and techniques to build a project plan.

16. Research Methods in Homeland Security Emergency Management


17. Project Management II: Managing


  • Course purpose: You will be introduced to project management best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will be introduced to the project management Initiate and Plan Process Groups framework, terminology, concepts, the tools and techniques to build a project plan.

18. Humanities Course Recommendation


Choose one

19. Work Based Learning for Homeland Security Emergency Management


  • Course purpose: The Homeland Security Emergency Management Workbased Learning (WBL) experience provides students with “real world experiences”. The focus of the WBL is application and an opportunity to refine and apply core skills, with a specific emphasis on leadership in an emergency management environment.

20. Homeland Security Emergency Management Capstone Project


  • Course purpose: The Capstone Project is a culminating academic and intellectual review demonstrating learning acquisition and practical application from all courses, theories, techniques, and practical application of content taught in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management Program.

Total Credits: 104


Program Code: 96B