Homeland Security and Emergency Management


The Homeland Security/Public Safety program is designed to meet the ongoing needs of municipalities, students, business, and industries. The program will develop technical skills, general knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills within the fields of Homeland Security; Emergency Management; Environmental Health and Safety; Fire Science; and Public Administration, depending on electives completed. Significant changes have occurred since September 2001. The Homeland Security /Public Safety program is designed to address those changes and enhance the ability of individuals to prevent and respond safely and recover from natural or man-made disasters. This program has been carefully designed with input from employers who know the demand of emergency management. In short, careers in emergency preparedness and response and environmental health and safety are in demand. Those benefiting from the associate degree are first responders, firefighters, military personnel, corrections and law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, those in the health care professions, as well as corporate and government workers. Broad-based technical skills and critical thinking processes will assist in adapting to changes in the work environment and promoting successful advancement in the field.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Prepares students to work as first responders, firefighters, military personnel, corrections and law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, as well as corporate and government workers.

Environmental Health and Safety: Prepares students to work in state and local agencies, waste water facilities, private companies and labs where personnel often test samples in lab environments, monitor air and water quality and advise on nature conservation strategies, site management, species protection, development, and pest control.

Fire Science: Prepares students to work in public and industrial fire departments and at airports and fire protection agencies where personnel often respond to and extinguish fires, operate emergency equipment and investigate fires.

Public Administration: Prepares students to work in local, city and state government agencies in support of city managers or other public administrators.

Homeland Security/Public Safety Program Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking.
  • Recognize and understand cultural and individual differences.
  • Recognize and understand social, political, civic, and environmental responsibilities relative to our society.
  • Apply basic scientific concepts in a variety of settings.
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral, symbolic forms.
  • Exhibit quantitative literacy.
  • Apply ethical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition and use of information.
  • Demonstrate skills for a career or promotional advancement in public safety industries.
  • Utilize and maintain appropriate equipment and materials.
  • Identify and apply all appropriate industry standards.
  • Discuss historical development, contemporary progress, cultural value, and social ramifications of modern public safety administration practices.
  • Integrate training in leadership and management applications to prepare the public safety student to make sound value judgments.
  • Demonstrate competencies that enable current and future public safety professionals to solve management problems, create strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity, and address internal organizational issues.

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

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Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs are offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
Tim Faulk, Chair
(317) 916-7558

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Firefighter
  • First Line Supervisor of Firefighting and Prevention Workers
  • Public Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Safety Specialist

To learn more about careers and salaries in this field, check out the Career Pathway.