B.S. in Emergency Services

Worldwide Embry-Riddle BS Emergency Services

The B.S. in Emergency Services (BSES) degree program provides students with the theoretical foundations for leadership and administration in fire and emergency services response organizations.

The curriculum includes the principles, theory, and practices associated with today’s emergency response professionals.  The program is regionally academically SACS accredited and FESHE recognized.

The BSES degree broadly encompasses all emergency services response disciplines in public and private sectors including:  fire, emergency medical, investigation, engineering, aircraft rescue and firefighting, environmental, hazmat, inspection, dispatch, security, OSHA, instruction, public information, wildland firefighting, etc.  Concepts covered include human behavior, structures and systems, prevention, protection, investigation and analysis, organization and management, research, administration, hazardous materials, personnel management, political and legal foundations, terrorism, community risk reduction, disaster planning and control, system design for life safety, occupational safety, and human program management.

The curriculum design for this degree is based on in the National Fire Academy's Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model Curriculum for a Bachelor’s Degree.  When students complete courses through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, they receive a National Fire Academy certificate just as if they completed the courses at the National Fire Academy.  Beyond the six FESHE core courses, several additional ERAU-developed courses have been approved for students to receive NFA certificates—this is a unique advantage of taking classes at ERAU.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Services is one of only a handful of programs around the world to have regional accreditation by Southern Association Colleges and Schools (SACS), International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) accreditation and FESHE recognition which all lead to demonstrate our programs excellence and student dedication.

There are two specializations currently offered at the baccalaureate level: Aviation Emergency Management, and Fire and Emergency Services.

  • The Aviation Emergency Management Specialization has a focus on aircraft accident crash investigation, airport emergency management, aviation safety, and leadership in emergency response organizations.
  • The Fire and Emergency Services Specialization focuses on emergency response administration, management, leadership, community risk reduction, and operational issues in emergency services.

This degree program participates in the Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC Category I).  All students who have completed a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) associates degree in Fire Science and Emergency Management are eligible.  CCAF graduates can complete a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services by taking no more than 60 semester hours beyond their CCAF degree.

B.S. in Emergency Services students who wish to continue on to a master's degree may enroll in the BSES to MSES 4+1 program as outlined in this program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

General Education

General Education
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, and Humanities and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.
Communication Theory and Skills
ENGL 123English Composition3
Speech/English6
Humanities*
HUMN 330Values and Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences
ECON 210Microeconomics3
or ECON 211 Macroeconomics
Social Science elective (History/Government/Social Science/Psychology/Economics)3
Physical and Life Science Lower-Level electives
Physics/Biology/Meteorology/Chemistry6
Mathematics
MATH 111
MATH 112
Pre-calculus for Aviation
and Applied Calculus for Aviation
6
or MATH 140
MATH 142
College Algebra
and Trigonometry
Computer Science
Take one of the following courses to satisfy Computer Science requirements. The course used to satisfy the General Education Computer Science requirement cannot also be used to satisfy a Core/Major or Minor requirement.3
Introduction to Computers and Applications
Introduction to Computing for Data Analysis
Computer and Network Technologies
Total Credits36

Core/Major

Program Support9
STAT 211Statistics with Aviation Applications3
or STAT 222 Business Statistics
WEAX 201Meteorology I3
RSCH 202Introduction to Research Methods3
Program Specialization39
Choose one Specialization

Electives

Open Electives**27
Specified Electives9
Choose 9 credits from ASCI/ SFTY/FIRE/ESVS Courses
Total Degree Requirements120

Program Specializations:

Aviation Emergency Management Specialization

ESVS 301Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services3
ESVS 302Fire Dynamics3
ESVS 303Fire Protection Structures and Systems3
ESVS 305Fire Prevention Organization and Management3
ESVS 400Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3
ESVS 401Applications of Fire Research3
ESVS 403Disaster Planning and Control3
ESVS 404Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
ESVS 405Personnel Management for Fire and Emergency Services3
ESVS 480Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
SFTY 330Aircraft Accident Investigation3
SFTY 350Aircraft Crash and Emergency Management3
SFTY 409Aviation Safety3
Total Credits39

Fire and Emergency Services Specialization

ESVS 201Fire-Related Human Behavior3
ESVS 301Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services3
ESVS 303Fire Protection Structures and Systems3
ESVS 304Fire Investigation and Analysis3
ESVS 305Fire Prevention Organization and Management3
ESVS 400Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3
ESVS 401Applications of Fire Research3
ESVS 402Fire and Emergency Services Administration3
ESVS 403Disaster Planning and Control3
ESVS 404Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
ESVS 405Personnel Management for Fire and Emergency Services3
ESVS 406Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection3
ESVS 480Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
Total Credits39

BSES to MSES 4+1 Program, A Unique Opportunity

The BSES to MSES 4+1 program is for exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education through the master's degree. This fast-paced program an accelerated BSES leading to an M.S. in Emergency Services (MSES) degree program in five academic years.  The 4+1 option allows qualifying students to substitute three MSES graduate courses covering similar concepts and principles for three required courses:

Students who are accepted into the 4+1 program, spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study. At the beginning of their senior year (having earned at least 88 credit hours with a 3.00 CGPA), may take up to three graduate-level courses that will meet undergraduate and graduate program requirements (when a B grade or better is achieved).  Students must complete a minimum of 120 undergraduate/graduate course credits for their Bachelor of Science degree.

Upon completion of the BSES requirements, students will be enrolled in graduate school and can complete their MSES degree in one year.  In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, a grade of B or better must be earned.  If a grade of C or F is earned in any of the MSES graduate courses taken for BSES credit, the student will be removed from the 4+1 program, have credit awarded to the BSES degree only, and may continue to complete the BSES degree.

Students initiate program acceptance through their Academic Advisor or Campus Advisor; to help ensure program criteria are met.  Student Advisor will complete the request for processing into the 4+1 program.

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