“I learned so much more than I thought I would. The information was useful – I was never bored in class.”

–Andrea Marie Hughbanks, class of 2013

Bachelor of Emergency Management (BEM)

The bachelor of emergency management program focuses on developing skills to lead and manage individuals and organizations in an increasingly complex environment. The program builds upon an individual's technical capabilities derived from education, training and experience in fire, law enforcement, military or other related fields. This technical expertise is then combined with a curriculum of business administration, emergency management and homeland security instruction.

This degree is built specifically to meet the needs of those who provide administrative oversight, supervisory control, leadership or management roles within the fields of fire, law, emergency medical services, and security (to include other related fields) at the local, state, federal and international levels.

Three different concentration options are available for the BEM degree. For each concentration, students must take two specific courses (six credits total) as part of their degree requirements.

Emergency Management
HSEM F405 – Introduction to Emergency Management Exercise Design
HSEM F407 – Comparative Emergency Management

Fire Administration
HSEM F439 – Supervising Emergency Services
HSEM F440 – Advanced Principles of Fire Service Administration

Homeland Security
HSEM F406 – Comparative Homeland Security
HSEM F408 – Homeland Defense and Security

Review the BEM degree requirements for more details.

Read the HSEM class descriptions.

You can also review the HSEM BEM Degree Map for a road map of which classes to take in which semester. View the correct map for your academic path:
2013/2014 Catalog
2014/2015 Catalog
2015/2016 Catalog

Additional Degree Options

HSEM offers the following undergraduate Minors: 1) Emergency Management and 2) Military Security Studies. Finally, HSEM offes an Occupational Endorsement in Emergency Management.

HSEM also offers a graduate Master of Security and Disaster Management degree. Learn more about the new MSDM degree!


Learning at UAF

As a student taking classes on campus, you’ll have the chance to experience the adventure of Alaska first hand. Take advantage of the around-the-clock summer sunlight to go hiking at 11pm. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee after walking to class at -41°F. Alaska offers experiences that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.

UAF is one of the few universities with an on-campus fire station staffed by student employees. For military and veterans, you’ll be close to not one, but two military bases: Ft. Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. As a student in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) program, you will have opportunities to learn outside the classroom – attend events and workshops to hone your business skills and refine your emergency services knowledge by working with emergency managers and participating in field exercises.

Learning Online

Through the UAF Center for eLearning & Distance Education, you can earn your degree online while still benefiting from experienced HSEM faculty. Interactive and multi-media classes are taught through interfaces such as Blackboard and AdobeConnect. These classes are recorded and put online for you to watch on your own time. The ability to provide a synchronous and an asynchronous interaction with our distance students creates a very flexible learning environment no matter where you are in the world.  Watch videos, read current events, and discuss topics with your fellow classmates, all in a way that fits best into your schedule.

Shared Experience

In both the online and on-campus classrooms, the HSEM program hosts a student body with diverse experience. A typical class melds the know-how of students seasoned in their respective fields with the fresh thinking of high school graduates. This shared experience lends itself to a deeper and more relevant classroom environment.

Start Your Degree

Be prepared for a career in:

  • Emergency Management
  • Business Continuity
  • Disaster Response Coordination
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Departments
  • Homeland Security
  • International Disaster Response
  • Law Enforcement
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Military
  • Program Coordinators
  • Risk Management

Get your career on track today. Apply to UAF and start registering for classes.


The Center for the Study of Security, Hazards, Response and Preparedness

The Center for the Study of Security, Hazards, Response and Preparedness (C-SSHRP) sits within the School of Management (Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program) and in partnership with College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM), Geophysical Institute (GI) and the International Arctic Research Center (IARC).

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