Catalog 2023-2024 
    Apr 19, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024

Public Safety, B.A.S. (2 years)

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(Bachelor of Applied Science Degree)


The Aims Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Public Safety is intended for established public safety professionals who are seeking to advance their careers. It provides education in the management, leadership, and administration of public safety agencies including the fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, emergency management, and criminal justice. The total credits required for the degree is a minimum of 120.

All Emergency Service Administration (ESA) major courses and electives are eight weeks in length and completely on-line. While it is possible to complete this program in two years, most students are working professionals who attend part-time with degree completion in two to four years.

Admission Requirements

Students must have completed a relevant associate degree of a minimum 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution. Relevant degrees would include, but not limited to: Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science Technology, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Paramedicine, Public Safety, and/or Wildland Fire. Students with an associate degree in a non-public safety field may be admitted if they have four or more years of experience in public safety.

Major Requirements

The major requirements are a minimum of 70 credits including 45 credits from an associate degree and the required major courses below.

Total Major Credits: 70

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements are a minimum of 31 credits including applicable general education credits from an associate degree.

(Written) Communication

Total (Written) Communication Credits: 6


One GT Pathways Math course (GT-MA1).

Total Math Credits: 3

Arts & Humanities

Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4).

Total Arts & Humanities Credits: 6


One GT Pathways History course (G-HI1).

Total History Credits: 3

Social & Behavioral Sciences

One GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3).

GT-SS3 (Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks)

Total Social & Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3

Natural & Physical Sciences

Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2); one of these courses must have the required laboratory (GT-SC1).

GT-SC1 (Natural & Physical Sciences w/Req Lab)

Total Natural & Physical Sciences Credits: 7


Choose one additional 3 credit course in Arts & Humanities, History, or Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Total General Education Credits: 31

Total Major Electives Credits: 19

Total Credits for Degree: 120

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