B.S. in Homeland Security

Students will:

  • Deliver professional presentations and communications based on scholarly research they conduct.
  • Engage in all phases of the intelligence cycle, including techniques, strategies, and counter-intelligence concepts.
  • Identify information security threats, cybersecurity challenges, and countermeasures.
  • Demonstrate mastery of homeland security knowledge and tools.
  • Recognize concepts of ethics and professionalism within the homeland security enterprise.
  • Interpret the legal and policy structure of the homeland security and intelligence enterprise.
  • Evaluate exercises of their design applicable to the disciplines of homeland security.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary or emergent threats, including natural, man-made, and technological hazards.
  • Define terrorism, its origins, ideologies, and goals.
  • Assess U.S. critical infrastructures using risk-based methodologies and resiliency concepts.
  • Apply risk management and analysis principles to homeland security and intelligence issues.
  • Analyze environmental hazards and characterize their relationship to U.S. homeland/national security.
  • Analyze elements of strategic planning and decision making.

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 Skills9
ENGL 123 or equivalent3
ENGL (above ENGL 106) / SPCH / COMD6
Humanities and Social Sciences12
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Science3
Lower-Level or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Any Physical and Life Sciences6
Any Mathematics 6-hour sequence above MATH 1066
Any Computer Science/Information Technology3
Total Credits36


Homeland Security Core**
HLSD 110Introduction to Homeland Security3
HLSD 155Foundations of Information Security3
HLSD 215Introduction to Industrial Security3
HLSD 280Professional Skills in Homeland Security3
HLSD 320Homeland Security Law and Policy3
EMGY 310Fundamentals of Emergency Management3
HLSD 315Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and Risk Analysis3
HLSD 360Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security3
SSES 401Applied Research Methods in Security and Emergency Services3
SCTY 315Studies in Intelligence I3
or SCTY 385 Intelligence Collection and Analysis
SCTY 488National Security Issues and Terrorism3
HLSD 290Environmental Security3
HLSD 405Emergent Topics in Homeland Security3
or HLSD 415 Immigration and Homeland Security
HLSD 410Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security3
HLSD 495Homeland Security Capstone I3
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" from transferred military credits, FAA licenses, or approved college credits (minimum 30 credits total) that is determined with consent of Program Coordinator.
Total Credits30
Program Support**9
EMGY 400Introduction to Incident Command System3
EMGY 405Disaster Policy and Management3
EMGY 430Emergency Management and Contingency Planning3
**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.
Total Degree Requirements(Minimum) 120

BSHS to MSHSR 4+1 Program, A Unique Opportunity

The BSHS to MSHSR 4+1 program is designed for exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education at the master's level. This fast-paced program offers an accelerated path from a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security (BSHS) to a Master of Science in Human Security & Resilience (MSHSR), completing both degrees in five academic years. The 4+1 option allows qualifying students to substitute three MSHSR graduate courses that cover similar concepts and principles for three required undergraduate courses.

Students 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 75 credit hours with a 3.00 CGPA), they 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 degree in one year. In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, the student must earn a grade of B or better. If the student earns a grade of C or F in any of the MSHSR 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.

Students have the flexibility to substitute certain courses. MHSR 530 (Environmental Security) may be taken instead of HLSD 290 (Environmental Security). Similarly, MHSR 520 (Principles of International Conflict Resolution) can replace HLSD 320 (Homeland Security Law and Policy). For the third MHSR course option, students may choose either MHSR 515 as an alternative to SCTY 488 or MHSR 540 in place of EMGY 310. Additionally, with the approval of both the BSHS and MHSR program chairs, other course substitutions may also be permitted.

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.