Emergency Planning and Management, B.S.
Undergraduate Studies

As the only major in EPM in this region, Immaculata’s emergency planning and management bachelor’s program is recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

You see the headlines every day… environmental disaster, terrorism, natural disasters, pandemics, who will lead the nation? Who will answer the call and lead the charge? Emergency managers. The Bachelor of Science in emergency planning and management prepares you to plan for, manage, and respond to today’s increasingly complex disasters.

The curriculum in the emergency management and management program helps teach you practical skills that can make you an asset to organizations planning for emergencies. You’ll use case studies from real crises in assignments and projects and practice making executive-level decisions, so you can apply what you’re learning to the field of emergency management right away.

You will also complete a capstone project, drawing on your earlier courses in legal considerations, budgeting, risk analysis and emergency management systems to create a comprehensive emergency management plan that meets state and federal standards.

Exceptional students have the opportunity to be inducted into the Order of the Sword and Shield, the only academic honor society dedicated exclusively to emergency management and all protective services disciplines. The mission of the society is to promote critical thinking, high scholarship and professional development, as well as to further enhance the ethical standards of future leaders in the protective services. OSS is widely recognized throughout the emergency management profession.

Career Opportunities

The B.S. in emergency planning and management will prepare you to establish or grow your career in a variety of industries and settings that focus on risk mitigation and emergency response including: homeland security, hospitals, municipal emergency management, county emergency management, safety management, intelligence analysis, private security, airports, state and local law enforcement, federal law enforcement, customs investigators, special agents, military service and border security.

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Principles of Emergency Management

This course provides the scope, objectives, and principles of emergency management; preparedness, including prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery strategies as well as roles of federal, state and local emergency management agencies, and private agencies. Learners will also be able to explain how various emergency management services work together in a system of resources and capabilities.

Risk Analysis & Threat Assessment

This course prepares emergency response managers to conduct a comprehensive, capabilities-based threat and risk assessment for terrorism/all-hazards incidents under the National Response Framework and National Preparedness Guidelines. Learners will identify shortfalls, perform gap analysis and develop a needs assessment to fill shortfalls/gaps identified within the preparedness cycle.

Human Dimension Communications Planning of Disaster Management

This course prepares emergency managers to consider the human dimensions of disaster, and to operate effectively with the public and media concerning a variety of threats to community wellbeing. Students will understand and learn to develop strategies for community-based planning ,communicating and negotiating with the public, and managing conflict.

Emergency Management Systems

Examination of the emergency management practices used during an emergency situation by responders, particularly the structure and responsibilities of the Incident Command System (IC S), the management of facilities and resource identification. National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles are also discussed and applied.

Legal Aspects Emergency management

An overview of the major legal and liability issues in emergency management. The focus is on the legal environment within which emergency managers operate, including their roles in rule-making, policy administration, contract law and their potential personal legal liability for discretionary actions.


The culminating academic experience for the learners, drawing on the foundational information from earlier courses in law, budgeting research, technology, threat assessment and risk analysis and business continuity in the production of a comprehensive emergency management plan that meets state and federal standards.

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Completion of 126 credits
A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale

LIBERAL ARTS CORE — 36 CREDITS (15 fulfilled by major)

  • Composition (Writing) (3 credits satisfied by ENG 242) – 6 credits
  • Natural & Physical World (Lab Science) – 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) (3 credits satisfied by ORBH 325) – 3 credits
  • Human Creativity (Art, Literature, Music) – 3 credits
  • Social Consciousness (Sociology, Psychology, Economics) – 3 credits
  • Historical Consciousness (History) – 3 credits
  • Global Society (Foreign Language/Culture) (3 credits satisfied by CCS 341) – 3 credits
  • Pursuit of Faith (Religion, Theology) (3 credits satisfied by THE 381 or THE335) – 6 credits
  • Pursuit of Wisdom (Philosophy) (3 credits satisfied by PHI 384) – 6 credits


  • BUS 366 Leadership Dynamics – 3 credits
  • BUSL 378 Team Leadership and Coaching – 3 credits
  • EPM 301 Principles of Emergency Planning & Management – 3 credits
  • EPM 303 Emergency Management Systems – 3 credits
  • EPM 315 Legal Aspects of Emergency Management – 3 credits
  • EPM 310 Risk Analysis and Threat Assessment – 3 credits
  • EPM 312 Public Sector Accounting & Finance – 3 credits
  • EPM 350 Human Dimensions: Communications Planning & Disaster Management – 3 credits
  • EPM 390 Capstone: Emergency Planning and Project Management – 3 credits
  • HRM 311 Human Resource Management – 3 credits
  • ORBH 315 Capstone Proposal Design – 3 credits
  • ORBH 325 Research and Analysis Using Statistics – 3 credits
  • POL 354 Government Structures for Crisis Management – 3 credits
  • ENG 242 Writing for Applied Research – 3 credits
  • PHI 384 Organizational Ethics – 3 credits
  • THE 335 Christian Faith in Action – 3 credits
  • CCS 341 Cultural Modes of Expression – 3 credits

ELECTIVES — 54 credits
TOTAL — 126 credits

Student Profile: Nathaniel DiDonato

Right now, with a degree in EPM and a minor in cybersecurity, Nathaniel has plenty of career options. As the first student to graduate with credentials in cybersecurity from our program, he appreciates his academic advisor, Ruth Lambert, suggesting cybersecurity as a complement to his EPM major.

Learn more about Nathaniel’s story.

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