Building communities. Learning to lead. Protecting the public.

Our need for trained and educated emergency management specialists has never been greater. Government and business officials recognize the need for efforts to prevent and mitigate emergencies.  

What to Expect

The curriculum prepares you to coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training and emergency planning. The emergency management career requires a variety of skills to analyze information and find the best solutions.

  • Understand the differences between a catastrophe and a disaster as well as the public policy, preparedness, and response and recovery.
  • Identify short- and long-term disaster response and recovery operations.
  • Develop leadership skills to guide communities in preparation efforts.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll gain hands-on real-world experience through required internships or research opportunities with local, state, and federal government and in the private industrial sector.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 97%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Biology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $84k

    Emergency Management Director

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an emergency management director is $84,310.

  • $46k

    Community Health Workers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a community health worker is $46,000.

  • $40k

    Emergency Medical Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an emergency medical technician and paramedic is $40,370.

What You'll Study

The emergency preparedness curriculum prepares you for the growing emergency management field. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Emergency Preparedness – 68 Hours

  • BI471 Internship (1)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH234 Organic & Biological Chemistry (3)
  • EA507 School & Campus Safety (3)
  • EV425 GIS Planning for Emergency Management (3)
  • EV447 Fundamentals of Disaster/Emergency Management & Planning (3)
  • EV448 Disaster/Emergency Planning & Response (3)
  • EV449 Vulnerability, Risk Reduction/Critical Incident Management (3)
  • EV454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
  • EV456 Fundamentals of Risk Communication in Emergency Management (3)
  • EV551 Hazardous Materials Assessment (3)
  • GO445 Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • HL320 Community Health (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • PS310 Government & Politics in the American States (3)
  • PS415 Government Budgeting Process (3)
  • PS418 Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • PS425 Administrative Law & Procedure (3)
  • SC355 Relational Communication Strategies (3)
  • SC560 Organizational Communication (3)
  • SW242 Statistics for Social Scientists (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • SC330 Corporate & Professional Communication (3)
  • PY301 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
  • SO375 Collective Behavior (3)

Additional Requirements:

  • BS105 Environmental Biology (3)
  • GO150 Earth Science: Environmental Hazards (3)
  • HL120 Health Perspectives (3)
  • PS103 U.S. Political Systems (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
  • SO101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    OR
  • SO321 Urban Sociology (3)
  • IU309 Writing for Science & Technology (3)
  • UI387 Environmental Law (3)
  • UI429 Environmental Ethics (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (13 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3)
  • BS105 (3) 
  • MA116 (3) 
  • PS103 (3) 

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • CH184/CH185 (4) 
  • HL120 (3)
  • SC105 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH234/034 (3) 
  • HL320 (3)
  • SO101 or SO321 (3)
  • UI387 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)    

  • IU309 (3) 
  • MG301 (3) 
  • PS310 (3) 
  • SC330/PY301/SO375 (3) 
  • SW242 (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

(summer courses are encouraged to avoid semesters exceeding 15 hours.)

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • EV454 (3) 
  • PS415 (3) 
  • SC355 (3) 
  • UI429 (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (13 Hours)     

  • BI471 (1) 
  • EV425 (3)  
  • GO445 (3) 
  • PS418 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Summer Term (3 Hours)

  • EV551 (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • EV447 (3) 
  • EV449 (3) 
  • EV456 (3) 
  • PS425 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)  

  • EA507 (3) 
  • EV448 (3) 
  • GO150/050
  • SC560 (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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