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A.A.S. in Emergency Management
The Emergency Management Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students for careers or transfer into a bachelor degree program related to Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Organizational Communication, Political Science, or Public Administration. This degree provides introductory level instruction in the organizational and institutional aspects of Emergency Management stakeholders.
This degree proposal has five parts:
Part A of the Emergency Management A.A.S. focuses on organizational and institutional aspects of the primary Emergency Management stakeholders. This section includes existing SCCC courses:
- Business Organization & Management (MGT 123);
- Introduction to Computers (CIS 121) or higher,
- Police Organization & Supervision (CRJ 117);
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) (FPT 112),
- Fire Administration (FPT 135);
- Introduction to Information Systems (TEL 121).
Fully 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure (i.e. agriculture and food, water, public health, emergency, defense industrial base, telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and finance, chemicals and hazardous materials, postal and shipping services) are controlled by the private sector. Business Organization & Management (MGT 123) exposes students to the fundamental structure and function of contemporary business enterprise.
CIS 121 provides a student with the basic skills necessary to operate in an electronic environment. Much of the materials related to Emergency Management are available on the Internet, including distance learning courses.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has determined that all First Responders must be National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified by September 30, 2006. NIMS is a program that seeks to fully integrate response to natural, accidental, and malicious attacks against persons and property in the United States. NIMS training material and testing is available on-line through the Office of Domestic Preparedness web site. This federal training program does not fully integrate sufficient analytical methods, case studies, historical perspective, or critical thinking. SCCC’s NIMS (FPT 112) course embeds these academic components in its content.
Police Organization & Supervision (CRJ 117) and Fire Administration (FPT 135) are companion courses in understanding First Responder agencies. How these agencies are structured, how they function, where they receive their funding, what they do as their missions, and who supervises them is of critical importance in understanding Emergency Management.
Introduction to Information Systems (TEL 121) is important in understanding Emergency Management because of the crucial nature of communication among First Responders in addressing catastrophic events. TEL 121 also provides students with the basic information to understand identity theft, hate sites on the Internet, cyber-crime, and information warfare.
Part B of the Emergency Management A.A.S. degree includes core courses that address issues linked specifically to Homeland Security. Courses include:
- Terrorism & Public Security (CRJ 147),
- Hazardous Materials I (FPT 115);
- Hazardous Materials II (FPT 116).
Terrorism & Public Security is an introductory class that broadly ties together the issues, agencies, and problems related to terrorism and counter-terrorism. It draws on the operations, financing, and ideology of terrorism and those who seek to prevent, or if necessary mitigate terrorist attacks.
“HazMat” I& II (FPT 115 & 116) are essential courses to understand the threats that exist whether accidental or malicious to public safety from biological, chemical, or radiological substances. These courses teach about HazMat within the context of the First Responder community. Please note that Hazardous Materials I & II (FPT 115 & FPT 116) currently have a prerequisite of Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM 113). The Department of Business & Law will seek to update the HazMat courses and replace CHM 113 with any laboratory-based Natural Science.
Part C of Emergency Management A.A.S. degree offers students a selection of elective courses for greater depth of understanding in one or more aspects of Emergency Management. Courses include:
- State and Local Politics (POL 125),
- Airport Management & Security (AER 150 / CRJ 150),
- Survey of American Law (PAL 111),
- International Business (MGT 135),
- Criminal Law (CRJ 131),
- Criminal Evidence & Procedure (CRJ 143).
Part D of the Emergency Management A.A.S. degree includes SUNY General Education courses:
- College Composition (ENG 123), Communication;
- Introduction to Literature (ENG 124), Humanities;
- Western Civilization Since 1715 (HIS 127), Western Civilization;
- American History Since 1877 (HIS 229), American History;
- Laboratory Science, Natural Science;
- Algebra I (MAT 128), Mathematics;
- United States Government and Politics (POL 123), Social Science.
HIS 127 and HIS 229 provide students with a broad historical overview of social, political, and economic developments relevant to understanding conflict in the contemporary world.
The Natural Science elective introduces students to scientific methods and is useful for putting Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), industrial accidents, and catastrophic natural events within an empirical context. Human Biology (BIO 112), Biology I (BIO 121), General Chemistry I (CHM 121), Physical Geology (GEO 143), Surface Geology (GEO 145), and Physics I (PHY 153), and College Physics I (PYS 221) are the recommended alternatives.
Algebra I (MAT 128) is a fundamental course for empirical data related to Emergency Management.
United States Government & Politics (POL 123) provides students with a fundamental understanding of the structure and function of the federal government, federalism, and civil liberties.
Part E of the Emergency Management A.A.S. degree features General Elective courses. Students should consult with an advisor concerning course selection. Students that expect to transfer to a SUNY four-year college or university should consult with an advisor about General Education requirements. Students not expecting to transfer to a four year college or university are encouraged to consider either Psychology (PSY 121) or Sociology (SOC 121).Courses include:
- SUNY General Education requirement or General Elective;
- SUNY General Education requirement or General Elective;
- SUNY General Education requirement or General Elective.
Dr. David J. Hennessy
Chairperson, Department of Business and Law
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