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Disaster Preparedness
and Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



The Bachelor of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) is an online, interdisciplinary program that prepares students in becoming professionals in the field of disaster preparedness and emergency management.

The program requires 120 hours of undergraduate level courses related to the study of disaster preparedness, mitigation, planning, response and recovery. Each student will select 25 hours in an emphasis area within DPEM.

  • Admission Information

    Before You Apply

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor early in their college career to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    Calculating Your GPA

    All courses completed which apply toward the BS degree will be included in calculating the GPA for application. Courses that do not apply toward the BS degree will not be included in these GPA calculations.

    Staying in the Program

    Continued admission to this degree program is conditioned upon completion of prerequisite course(s) required, and acceptance by disaster preparedness and emergency management agencies for practicum experiences. Some of these agencies may require a background check.

    Prior Learning Assessment

    Continued admission to this degree program is based upon acceptance by clinical agencies for practicum experiences. Students may earn up to 30 credit hours through prior learning assessment. See the bottom of this page for more information about prior learning assessment.

    Equal Opportunity Policy

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, impediment/disability, or unlawful factors in the admission and treatment of students.

  • Tuition

    Tuition Per Credit Hour


    College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour

    Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
    College of Business
    College of Engineering
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
    College of Sciences & Mathematics

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

    Athletic Fee
    Academic Excellence Fee
    Facilities Fee
    Technology Fee
    Infrastructure Fee
    Library Fee
    Student Recreation Fee
    Student Union Fee

    Required Term Fees

    Arkansas Assessment Fee
    Student Activity Fee (3 or more hours)
    Yearbook Fee (12 or more hours)
    The student activity and yearbook fee are only charged in Fall & Spring terms.

    Additional Fees

    Application Fee
    Clemency Fee
    Graduation Fee
    High School Concurrent Enrollment (per credit hour)
    Honors Fee (only chargerd in Fall & Spring)
    Replacement Diploma Fee
    The fees listed above are only assessed if applicable.
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Program

    Students wishing to pursue the BS in DPEM must apply to Arkansas State University and meet all of the admission requirements established by the university. Please apply at A-State Online.

    Students who wish to change their major to DPEM must also schedule a personal interview with a BS adviser.

  • Example Course Schedule
    The following is one suggested sequence in which requirements for the B.S. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management may be completed. Students should consult their advisor for a plan that best meets their individual needs.
    Semester 1: 15 hours
    English Comp I
    DPEM 1101, Intro to Incident Management
    DPEM 1111, Intro to Resource Management
    DPEM 1121, Intro to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Incidents
    DPEM 2233, Framework of Healthcare Emergency Management
    DPEM 2323, Respiratory Protection: Program Development
    DPEM 2343, Introduction to Hazardous Materials
    CMAC 1003, Mass Communications in Modern Society

    Semester 2: 15 hours
    English Comp II
    College Algebra
    DPEM 2353, Global Perspectives
    DPEM 2213, Principles of HAZMAT Response
    DPEM 2363, Fundamentals of CBRNE Crime Scene Management

    Semester 3: 15-16 hours
    Biological or Physical Science with Lab
    DPEM 2223, Hazardous Materials Containment
    Support/Emphasis Elective
    Support/Emphasis Elective
    Support/Emphasis Elective

    Semester 4: 15-16 hours
    POSC 2103, Intro to Government
    DPEM 2313, Pandemic Planning and Preparedness
    DPEM 2303, Environmental Health in Emergency Response
    Support/Emphasis Elective
    Support/Emphasis Elective

    Semester 5: 16 hours
    Biological or Physical Science with Lab
    DPEM 4503, Principles of Disaster Preparedness
    DPEM 3553, Ethical Considerations in DPEM
    DPEM 3563, Information Technology in DPEM
    Literature or Philosophy

    Semester 6: 15 hours
    Fine Arts Visual, Musical or Theater
    Social Science (Psychology, Sociology or Intro to Politics)
    DPEM 4533, Disaster Mental Health
    SOC 4063, Sociology of Disasters
    DPEM Support/Emphasis Elective

    Semester 7: 15 hours
    Social Science (Psychology, Sociology or Intro to Politics)
    RP 4603, Crisis Communications
    DPEM 4513, Physical Care of CBRNE
    DPEM 4563, Non-Government Agencies in DPEM
    DPEM Support/Emphasis Elective

    Semester 8: 15 hours
    DPEM 4553, Capstone in Homeland Security
    DPEM 4523, Risk Identification and Prevention
    DPEM Elective
    DPEM Elective

  • Support/Emphasis Electives
    Lower Level (11 hrs)
    DPEM 1503, Introduction to Community Preparedness
    DPEM 1703, Introduction to Community Response
    DPEM 2243, CBRNE Incident Practicum
    DPEM 2333, Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2341, Clinical Implications for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2351, First Responders and CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2371, Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2381, Law Enforcement Response Actions for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2371, Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2391, Initial Response to Suicide Bomb Attacks
    DPEM 2402, Civil Disorder in Disasters and Emergencies
    DPEM 2412, Command and Planning for Civil Disorder in Disasters and Emergencies
    DPEM 2422, Extrication Tactics for Civil Disorder in Disasters and Emergencies

    Upper Level (min 14 hrs)
    DPEM 3053, Expanding Incident Management
    DPEM 3513, Teaching Incident Management
    DPEM 3523, Protecting Law Enforcement CBRNE Instructor
    DPEM 3533, Teaching CBRNE Awareness
    DPEM 3543, Teaching Emergency Response
    DPEM 3552, Business Continuity in Disasters and EM
    DPEM 3562, Principles of Administration in EM
    DPEM 3572, Politics of Disaster
    DPEM 3583, Principles of Communication in DPEM
    DPEM 3592, Exercise Design in DPEM
    DPEM 3613, Radiological Emergencies
    DPEM 4053, Complex Incident Management
    DPEM 4123, Incident Command for All Hazards
    DPEM 4133, All Hazards Command and Response
    DPEM 4501, Managing Mass Casualty Incidents Instructor
    DPEM 4573, Radiological Emergencies Instructor Course
    DPEM 4623, Managing Radiological Incidents
    DPEM 4713, Healthcare Public Information Officer
    DPEM 4723, Leading Healthcare Response for All Hazards
    DPEM 4733, Managing Mass Casualty Incidents Hospitals
    DPEM 4743, Medical Response to CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 4752, Project Management in DPEM
    MCOM 4603, Crisis Communication

Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning assessment (PLA), also known as Experiential Credit, is the term used to describe learning gained outside the realm of the traditional academic environment. Learning gained through work, employer training programs,military service, other independent study, and volunteer or community based service are all examples of where knowledge may be acquired. PLA is the evaluation and assessment of an individual’s learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education training.

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