B.S. in Homeland Security

Worldwide Embry-Riddle BS in Homeland Security

The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security (BSHS) degree is based on the needs of the U.S. government and its citizens as well as the needs of the private sector. The BSHS degree combines the University’s General Education requirements with a solid core of homeland security courses as well as minors in  international relations, cybersecurity or several other minors available to the student. In addition, this degree allows the student to take maximum advantage of transfer credits and electives in order to explore breadth in related areas of study. 

The Homeland Security degree is designed for students who have an interest in obtaining a strong foundation in many of the domains of the growing homeland security enterprise, including terrorism studies, law and policy, emergency management, risk analysis, intelligence, physical security, environmental security, asymmetric warfare, and decision making/strategic planning. In addition, students can choose from two ways to specialize their homeland security education; either through (a) taking two minors or (b) one minor and at least a 15 credit “coherent block of courses” (with permission from the BSHS program coordinator).  Senior capstone projects require students to work with local organizations to solve real homeland security or emergency management challenges.  Internships or cooperative work experiences optimize the student’s professional preparation and credentials.

The goal of the degree is to produce highly marketable graduates with entry-level skills such as the ability to perform risk analyses, write emergency management and continuity of operations plans, design and evaluate exercises, design and perform physical security evaluations, design and deliver professional briefings, and understand how to identify and protect critical infrastructure. Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities in federal or state government, universities, and the military or in the private sector. In addition, the BSHS program is ideal preparation for further study in graduate school, including law, public policy, or emergency management, intelligence analysis, business, criminal justice, political science, national security studies, international affairs, and other related fields.

B.S. in Homeland Security students who wish to continue on to a master's degree may enroll in the BSHS to MSHSR or MSCMP 4+1 program as outlined in this program.

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
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
MATH 111
MATH 112
Pre-calculus for Aviation
and Applied Calculus for Aviation
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


Homeland Security Core**
HLSD 110Introduction to Homeland Security3
CYBR 155Foundations of Information Security3
HLSD 215Introduction to Industrial Security3
HLSD 280Professional Skills in Homeland Security3
EMGY 310Fundamentals of Emergency Management3
HLSD 315Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and Risk Analysis3
HLSD 320Homeland Security Law and Policy3
SCTY 488National Security Issues and Terrorism3
SCTY 315Studies in Intelligence I3
or SCTY 385 Intelligence Collection and Analysis
HLSD 290Environmental Security3
HLSD 360Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security3
HLSD 405Emergent Topics in Homeland Security3
HLSD 410Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security3
HLSD 495Homeland Security Capstone I3
HLSD 496Homeland Security Capstone II3
Total Credits45

Breadth Area or Choose Minors

Breadth Area/Minors**
Students complete their breadth requirement by either two non-duplicating minors (minimum 30 credits total), or one minor and a "coherent block of study" (minimum 30 credits total) that is determined with consent of Program Coordinator.
Total Credits30
Program Support**9
SFTY 201Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety3
or SFTY 409 Aviation Safety
Select one of the following safety courses:3
Environmental Compliance and Safety
Health, Safety and Aviation Law
STAT 222Business Statistics3
**For students in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree program the RSCH 202 prerequisite for Core, Program Support, or Minor courses are waived since RSCH 202 is not required for the program.


Open Electives3
Choose Any 300-400 Level Course
Total Degree Requirements(Minimum) 123

BSHS to MSHSR or MSCMP 4+1 Program, A Unique Opportunity

The BSHS to MSHSR or MSCMP 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 BSHS leading to an M.S. in Human Security & Resilience (MSHSR) or an accelerated BSHS leading to an M.S. in Cybersecurity Management & Policy (MSCMP) degree programs in five academic years.  The 4+1 option allows qualifying students to substitute either three MSHSR graduate courses or three MSCMP 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 BSHS requirements, students will be enrolled in graduate school and can complete their MSHSR or MSCMP 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 MSHSR or MSCMP graduate courses taken for BSHS credit, the student will be removed from the 4+1 program, have credit awarded to the BSHS degree only, and may continue to complete the BSHS degree.

For BSHS to MSCMP 4+1 Program, MCMP 515 (International Law and U.S. Security Policy) can be taken in lieu of HLSD 320 (Homeland Security Law and Policy). Any 500-level MCMP course can be taken in lieu of the BSHS 300/400-level elective.

For BSHS to MSHSR 4 + 1 Program, MHSR 530 (Environmental Security) can be taken in lieu of HLSD 290 (Environmental Security). MHSR 520 (Principles of International Conflict Resolution) can be taken in lieu of HLSD 320 (Homeland Security Law and Policy). Any 500-level MHSR course can be taken in lieu of the BSHS 300/400-level elective.

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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