2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Oct 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog

Homeland Security Emergency Management (BAS/HSEM) Course Map


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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

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Employment Eligibility Information

A criminal history may inhibit your ability to find employment in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management fields. In addition, any recent history of drug use, including marijuana, may preclude you from federal employment. If you have any concerns please speak with an advisor.


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

Action Item: Meet with your Advisor

Meet with your advisor to create your degree completion plan. With your advisor, you will make selections that complete any missing general education requirements, and you will choose electives most suited to your career interests.  

Program Code: 96B


Total Credits: 90


1. Risk Assessment


2. Risk Communication


3. Leadership


  • Course purpose: This course introduces leadership and organizational theory emphasizing principles and techniques of leadership and supervision including meta-leadership.

4. General Education/ Electives 1


Work with your Advisor to choose a general education course or elective that fulfills graduation requirements or career interests. Note that if you are required to take a Math course, it should be taken here.

CHOOSE ONE course from the following lists:

         Humanities

5. Systems Thinking


6. Risk Reduction


7. Technical Writing


  • Course purpose: In this course, you will learn the process of technical writing and how to create written communications that are required in homeland security emergency management work environments.

8. Technology and Cybersecurity


9. Geographic Information Systems


Action Item: Meet with Advisor


Meet with your advisor to check-in on your degree plan and make sure you’re on-track to graduate. Your Advisor will help you make any necessary changes to your plan. 

10. Project Management 1


  • Course purpose: Project management skills are critical for homeland security emergency management professionals. This class will help you learn the planning aspect of project management and is part of the Project Management Short Certificate.  

11. General Education/ Electives 2


Work with your Advisor to choose a general education course or elective that fulfills graduation requirements or career interests. See number 4 above for a list of suggested courses. Based on credits transferred, you may not need to take a course in this block.

12. Legal Issues


13. Professional Development


Action Item: Apply for Graduation


Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. 

14. Project Management 2


  • Course purpose: Project management skills are critical for homeland security emergency management professionals. This class will help you learn the management aspect of project management and fulfills the final requirement for the Project Management Short Certificate.  

15. Continuity Planning


16. Research Methods


17. Ethics and Critical Thinking


18. General Education/Electives 3


Work with your Advisor to choose a general education course or elective that fulfills graduation requirements or career interests. See number 4 above for a list of suggested courses. Based on credits transferred, you may not need to take a course in this block.

19. Culminating Experience


For your culminating experience in the HSEM program, you will either complete an internship or a capstone project, depending on your previous work experience. Your advisor will guide you to the correct course. With permission, you may take both courses if you wish, in lieu of an elective.  

Choose one

Total Credits: 90


Program Code: 96B


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