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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management Curriculum

College Rank badge for Best Bachelor's in Emergency ManagementThe Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management degree program is designed to provide a well- rounded learning experience to current and future emergency management leaders in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The curriculum blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice and emphasizes application of knowledge to real-world practical settings. It highlights the fundamentals of emergency management while providing an interdisciplinary course of study in the skills and practices necessary to enhance resiliency for communities or organizations.

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Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management requires a minimum of 39 credit hours.

EMMT 101: Introduction to Emergency Management Principle and Practice
3 credit hours

This course provides students with insight into the profession of emergency management, its history, principles, participants, functions, structure, and future. This course includes concepts related to accreditation of emergency management programs, professional associations, and professional credentials.

EMMT 202: Hazard Identification
3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of hazards and threats with an analysis of the causes, characteristics, nature and effects of such disasters as tornadoes, drought, earthquakes, pandemics, fires, flooding, hazardous materials, hurricanes, industrial accidents, terrorism, cyber and technological threats, nuclear power plant accidents, power failures, volcanoes, and other catastrophic hazards.

EMMT 301: Social Aspects of Disaster
3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of how individuals, groups, families, organizations, communities, and countries handle disasters before, during, and after they occur. The concepts of human behavior in disaster, disaster myths vs. reality; group disaster behavior; community social systems and disaster; cultures, demographics and disaster behavior distinctions are explored.

EMMT 303: Disaster Planning and Preparedness
3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the preparedness phase of emergency management. Topics include emergency planning, public information and education, risk and vulnerability assessments, continuity of operations, communication and information management, gap analysis and capacity building, funding strategies, and exercises.

EMMT 305: Disaster Response
3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the response phase of emergency management. In this course, students will be introduced to identifying the needs of the affected population, the role of the incident command system, various response problems, and how first responders and emergency managers may overcome response challenges.

EMMT 307: Disaster Recovery
3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the recovery phase of emergency management. It examines how people, groups, organizations, communities and governments manage disasters in the immediate aftermath and recover from their effects, including social, physical, business, and infrastructure problems as well as intra- and inter-organizational issues.

EMMT 401: Hazard Mitigation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EMMT 202. This course examines the processes and principles of disaster mitigation including mitigation planning, the benefits of mitigation, and the development and implementation of appropriate mitigation measures.

EMMT 403: Private Sector Crisis and Emergency Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EMMT 101. This course examines the field of emergency management within the private and non-governmental sector. Topics include: contingency and continuity of business planning, business risk management, and emergency response skills required by private sector companies.

EMMT 405: Public Information Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing and EMMT 202. A review of the skills needed to effectively deal with the public and media before, during, and after an emergency event. Topics will include: understanding the roles and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer, understanding the roles and responsibilities of the media, conducting awareness campaigns, writing news releases, public speaking, granting interviews, media management, and dealing with high-profile incidents.

EMMT 397, 497: Internship
Variable credit hours

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

LDST 250: Financial Basics for Leaders
3 credit hours

Leaders at all organizational levels need an understanding of what makes their organizations go—money! Whether it is a for-profit business or a "non-profit," the financial aspects of operation affect the company's ability to achieve goals and the leader's ability to make decisions. This course includes the "basics" of using various financial statements, cash management plans, capital budgets, ratios and other tools to assist the leader in directing the organization. In addition, pricing strategies, economic decision-making models, financing options and internal accountability will be considered. Finally, measurements of financial performance and requirements for validity of financial information will be discussed from the perspective of what the leader needs to know to function effectively and meet his/her financial responsibilities.

LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3 credit hours

This course examines conflict causes and effects as well as ethical issues. Students will use case studies and simulations to practice skills for conflict resolution. An investigation of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving and mediation are integral to this process.

LDST 400: Grant Writing
3 credit hours

This course provides information, resources and hands-on exercises that cover aspects of identifying program/community needs, locating funding sources and programs, outlining a prospectus, writing a successful proposal and discussing the reasons proposals fail. The course also explores reading Requests for Proposals (RFP) and understanding the proposal review process. Emphasis is on understanding the grant process and preparing proposals for federal agencies and corporate and private foundations.


Drury University has partnered with the Missouri Emergency Management Association to offer a $500 scholarship to one student each semester. Download the application form for more information. 

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An Associate of Science in Emergency Management degree is also available.