Accelerated B.S. Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Accelerated BS to MS Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Accelerated Criteria

A maximum of two graduate-level courses from the graduate program may be used for the program, provided that these two courses are completed with a grade of B- or better.  The Masters HSEM courses that can be counted towards the BS are HSEM 5540 and HSEM 5570.  The six graduate-level credits will count toward meeting the undergraduate and graduate program requirements. 

Program Admissions Requirements

There are no program admission requirements for the B.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. HSEM students may complete dual degrees, with a B.A. in Sociology with a Criminology concentration, whereby at the completion, a student will earn two bachelor’s degrees.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 33
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Major Requirements

HSEM 1105Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management3
HSEM 1125Leadership and Influence 33
HSEM 1130Roots of Terrorism3
HSEM 1160Emergency Resource Management 33
HSEM 2210Homeland Security Emergency Management Exercise Design 33
HSEM 2260Emergency Preparedness and Planning 33
HSEM 2264Building Resilient Communities and Mitigation 33
HSEM 2270Disaster Operations & Response 33
HSEM 3301Homeland Security and Emergency Management Overview 13
HSEM 3310Integrated Systems and Interface3
HSEM 3315Risk Analysis and Asset Protection3
HSEM 3335Cyber Security3
HSEM 4410Policies, Civil Rights and Leadership3
HSEM 4415Strategic Planning & Budgeting3
HSEM 4540/5540Health and Medical Disaster Management3
HSEM 4425Critical Infrastructure and Business Continuity3
HSEM 4454Intelligence and Terrorism3
HSEM 4464Disaster Response and Recovery3
HSEM 4494Practicum6
Choose 6 credits from the following: 2,46
Emerging Technology in Homeland Security Emergency Management
The Psychology and Social Psychology of Terrorism
International Disasters and Humanitarian Aid
Risk and Crisis Communications
Threat of Radicalism
Successful HSEM Leadership
All HSEM majors must complete HSEM courses with a grade of C or higher.
Total Credits66

Students may be eligible to waive this course if they have earned an Associate’s Degree in Homeland Security and/or Emergency Management.


Students may be eligible to waive up to 3 HSEM elective credits with degrees in a related-field. The following focus areas of degrees qualify as a related-field (other focused degrees may be considered on a case-by-case basis): Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Critical Infrastructure, Fire Service, Public Health, Emergency Medical Services, International Studies, or Computer Science.


HSEM students may complete dual degrees, with a B.A. in Sociology with a Criminology concentration. For dual degrees, HSEM will waive all lower division (1000 and 2000 level) courses, EXCEPT HSEM 1105: Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management and HSEM 1130: Roots of Terrorism. HSEM 3301 may be substituted for HSEM 1105.


HSEM will accept (1) upper-division Sociology-Criminology course for an upper-division HSEM elective course.

 Degree Totals

Program Admissions Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed)66
Free Electives17
Total Credits120

Recommended General Education Courses

CHEM 1100Concepts of Chemistry (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)4
or CHEM 1101 Introduction to Chemistry
or CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
ECON 1100Economic Issues (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3
or ECON 2202 Principles of Microeconomics
PHIL 1103Introduction to Ethics (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 4)3
MATH 1153Statistical Reasoning (Satisfies Objective 3)3

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)