Homeland Security - currently not offered

The Homeland Security Management Program (HSEM) offers an opportunity for students to prepare for careers as emergency management managers and policy leaders, and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to improve outcomes in a wide range of disaster situations.

The primarily online program incorporates instruction in policy as well as planning and operational components of emergency management and homeland security, including opportunities to gain practical experience and work with current incident management technologies. The program addresses competencies required of emergency management professionals in careers in government, private industry, and non-profit sectors. Students explore the complex world of emergency and disaster management issues and learn the critical thinking and decision-making skills necessary to support and supervise comprehensive, integrated, and effective management in the event of natural, system-wide, or human-induced crises. The curriculum provides policy foundations and advances students through core competencies in hazard identification; risk and vulnerability assessment; planning; terrorism; mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; and planning for diverse populations.

BBCC does not offer degrees in HSEM. HSEM classes are taught through a partnership with Pierce College. Pierce College does offer online degrees in HSEM. Homeland Security Emergency Management courses will develop the students’ competencies to prepare for and respond to all hazard environments, and includes an understanding of socioeconomic and cultural diversity issue. HSEM courses are often included as part of a student’s education plan when seeking degrees in Criminal Justice.


HSEM 102: Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Credits 5
Provides groundwork on which emergency services can build a strong foundation for disaster and emergency management for homeland security in the 21st century. Addresses issues, policies, questions, best practices, and lessons learned through recent years; requirements of NFPA® 1600, Standard on Emergency Management and exposure to new and developing theories, practices, and technology in emergency management.

HSEM 110: Incident Command System/National Incident Management System

Credits 2
This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher-level ICS training. This course describes the history, features, and principles and organization structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). (Course will meet ICS 100/200/700/800 requirements).

HSEM 120: All Hazards Emergency Planning

Credits 3
This course is designed to introduce students to developing an effective emergency planning system. This course offers training in the fundamentals of the emergency planning process, including the rationale behind planning. Emphasis will be placed on hazard/risk analysis and planning team development. Other topics, such as Continuity of Operations (COOP), Emergency Support Functions, National Response Plan, Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and contingency planning for areas such as Special Needs (Vulnerable Populations) or Animal Sheltering are included.

HSEM 130: Technology in Emergency Management

Credits 3
This class provides a detailed overview of the technology used, and also clearly explains how the technology is applied in the field of emergency management. Students will learn how to utilize technology in emergency planning, response, recovery and mitigation efforts and they’ll uncover the key elements that must be in place for technology to enhance the emergency management process. Course overviews include: Web Emergency Operations Center (EOC), using technology with training and exercises, reverse 911 notification systems, video conferencing/downlinks and Geographic Information System (GIS)/ Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities.

HSEM 157: Public Information Officer

Credits 2
The course is designed to train participants for coordinating and disseminating information released during emergency operations and for assisting in the scheduling and coordination of news conferences and similar media events. After completing this course the student will have met the sections required for Public Information Officer as outlined by NFPA 1035

HSEM 160: Emergency Response Awareness to Terrorism

Credits 3
Provides current and relevant information about terrorism, terrorist behavior, homeland security policies and dilemmas, and how to deal effectively with threats and the consequences of attacks. Student will gain insight into the key players involved in emergency management, local and state issues, particularly as they need to interact and work with FEMA and other federal agencies. Course components include identifying terrorism, causes of terrorism, preventing terrorist attacks, responding to terrorism attacks and avoidance in communication and leadership collapse.

HSEM 180: Public Administration

Credits 3
This course provides an overview in the structure and issues of public service. Course participants will examine the context of public administration: the political system, the role of federalism, bureaucratic politics and power, and the various theories of administration that guide public managers today. Course components include public administration, personnel, budgeting, decision-making, organizational behavior, leadership, and policy implementation. Lessons will be drawn from the most current applications of public administration today, such as Hurricane Katrina efforts and Homeland Security.

HSEM 190: Homeland Security Emergency Management Special Topics

Credits 5
Special topics will be developed for areas outside the usual course offerings in Homeland Security Emergency Management degree. Topics developed will focus on a specific current issue or concept in the areas of homeland security or emergency management. NOTE: A maximum of five (5) credit hours of HSEM 190 may be used as elective credit toward the HSEM degree.

HSEM 200: Emergency Operations Center

Credits 2
This course provides the student with skills and knowledge to manage an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), acquire and control resources, and interface with on-scene responders within Incident Management Systems. Topics include EOC design, preparing, staffing and operating, jurisdictional setting, and the critical link between Incident Management Systems and emergency management operations.

HSEM 210: Exercise Design and Evaluation

Credits 3
This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop, conduct, evaluate and report effective exercises that test a community’s operations plan and operational response capability. Throughout the course, participants will learn about topics including exercise program management, design and development, evaluation, and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC).

HSEM 220: Developing and Managing Volunteer Resources

Credits 2
This course will focus on methods and procedures for involving private-sector organizations and volunteers in emergency management programs in ways which benefit both parties. The focus of the course is on maximizing the effectiveness of volunteer resources by implementing a people-oriented system that addresses defining volunteer roles, designing a plan of action, recruiting volunteers, training individuals who volunteer and motivation and maintenance of a successful program. Participants will acquire skills and knowledge to make appropriate volunteer assignments that enhance the effectiveness of an integrated emergency management system.

HSEM 230: Disaster Recovery and Response

Credits 2
The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand and think critically about response and recovery operations in the profession of emergency management. Students will utilize problem based learning by analyzing actual disaster events and applying the theories, principals, and practice of response and recovery. In addition, students will learn about the issues faced by special populations and how to address these special needs in natural disaster response and recovery.

HSEM 240: Homeland Security Emergency Management Work-based Learning

Credits 5
Provides students “real world experiences” in homeland security and emergency management. Students learn to work within time constraints and are exposed to appropriate workplace behaviors. Students will have opportunities to refine the core skills they have learned from the courses or curriculum.

HSEM 250: Homeland Security Law and Ethics

Credits 3
This course is designed to give the student an overview of various statutes, regulations, constitutional law, and common law associated with Homeland Security. This course examines emergency response, weapons of mass destruction, local government powers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (EEMA), Department of Homeland Security, civil rights, international anti-terrorism efforts, Homeland Security Act of 2002, and the Patriot Act. Students will be introduced to the legalities and ethics relevant to organizing for counterterrorism, investigating terrorism and other national security threats, crisis and consequence management.