Capella University Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Emergency Management Specialization

Capella University Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Emergency Management Specialization

CapellaUniversity – Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Emergency Management Specialization

The Emergency Management specialization focuses on providing undergraduate learners with the knowledge and skills needed for effective emergency and disaster management. Specialization topics include emergency preparedness and planning, disaster response and recovery, hazard mitigation, and public safety. Upon successful completion of this specialization, learners are prepared to pursue careers in emergency management, emergency services coordination, response and recovery team management, hazard mitigation, emergency preparedness, and risk assessment.TheBachelor of Science in Public Safety with Emergency Management Specialization is offered entirely online.

To complete your bachelor's degree, you will need 45 quarter credits in general education subject areas with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category. We offer general education courses in communication, humanities, natural science and mathematics, and social science.

Residents of Arkansas must complete Arkansas general education requirements.

All credits listed below are quarter credits.

Core Courses:

Course Code / Course Title / Credits
PS3004 / Communication Strategies for the Public Safety Professional / 6
PS3100 / Introduction to Criminal Justice / 4
PS3200 / Introduction to Emergency Management / 4
PS3300 / Principles of Security Management / 4
PS3400 / Introduction to Homeland Security / 4
PS3500 / Applied Public Safety Theory / 4
PS3600 / Principles of Public Safety Investigation / 4
PS3700 / Justice, Crime, and Ethics / 4
PS3800 / Applied Public Safety Research Methods / 4
PS3900 / History of Violence in the U.S. Society / 4
PS3955 / Introduction to Public Safety Research / 3
PS3960 / Introduction to Public Safety Statistics* / 3

Specialization Courses:

PS4220 / Emergency Planning / 4
PS4225 / Emergency Management and Homeland Security / 4
PS4230 / Leadership in Emergency Management / 4
PS4240 / Technology in Emergency Management / 4
PS4250 / Decision Management in Critical Incidents / 4
PS4260 / Hazard Identification and Vulnerability / 4
PS4265 / Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness* / 4
PS4270 / Disaster Response Operations and Management / 4
PS4280 / Disaster Recovery* / 4
PS42990 / Social Dimensions of Disaster / 4

Elective Courses:

  • Choose 37 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Capstone course (taken during learner’s final quarter)

PS4990 / Public Safety Senior Capstone Project / 6

* This course has a prerequisite.

CapellaUniversity is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information:

Contact: John J. Sullivan, Jr., Ph.D.

Public Safety Faculty Chair

School of Undergraduate Studies


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN55402

Toll Free: 1-888-CAPELLA Ext. 5264

Direct Line: 1-612-977-5264


Additional Information:

Additional Phone: 561-262-4000

Update: 12/16/13

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