About the Program

Bachelor of General Studies: Disaster Science & Emergency Management Online

This B.G.S. in Disaster Science & Emergency Management prepares you to secure employment within public health companies, national, state or local governments, and public, private and non-profit agencies. Law enforcement officers and firefighters benefit from this degree by opening doors to leadership roles.

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120 credit hours
$249.40 per credit hour

LSUA's 100% online Bachelor of General Studies: Disaster Science & Emergency Management degree program provides a comprehensive education with a focus on psychology and behavior. Apply what you learn about the psychological and social sciences to many types of occupational roles, including educator, communicator and manager.

In LSUA's Bachelor of General Studies: Disaster Science & Emergency Management online you will:

  • Gain an understanding of all types of psychology, as well as principles and theories of learning
  • Benefit from enrichment courses in criminal justice, business, as well as disaster science and emergency management
  • Improve your career opportunities and provide a better future for yourself and your family

Online Courses

Coursework in this 120-hour online B.G.S. in Disaster Science & Emergency Management includes a survey of the field in all levels of government, technology usage in emergency management, geographic information systems, historical catastrophic events, as well as a practicum to give students hands-on experience.

Students must complete 39 hours of General Education Courses—ENGL (6), Social Science (6), Math (6), Natural Sciences (9)**, Humanities (9), & Fine Arts (3). CMIS (1),* 27 hours of Foundation Courses, 2 (12-credit) blocks of Enrichment courses, as well as 30 hours of additional approved electives.

**BIOL 2030 is required as three hours of General Education Natural Science.

Course Listing

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 0092. ENGL 1001 offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of "C" or higher required to advance to ENGL 1002.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in English 1001. The study and practice of rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking, culminating in the research paper. A grade of "C" or higher is required to advance to all sophomore English courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the fundamental problems and concepts of art in the fields of design, sculpture, graphics, painting, and ceramics as they relate to the home, community, religion, commerce, and industry. Discussions, lectures, outside readings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and uses of poetry over time and across cultures. [CENL 2313]

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and development of the novel over time and across cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of myths, legends, and folklore and their relationship to narrative patterns in literature. May include examples from non-Western cultures, such as Native American, Asian, African, and Islamic cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication, with opportunities for communication skills acquisition and practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies in Western Civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation Era.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies of Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the present.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from the earliest times to 1865. Topics include interactions between Europeans, Indians, and Africans in America; the impact of English colonial developments; American slavery; causes and consequences of the American Revolution; development of antebellum America; foreign policy and territorial expansion in North America; and the American Civil War.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from 1865 to present. Topics include Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, Progressivism, Twentieth-Century American foreign policy and wars, the Great Depression and New Deal, the Cold War and civil rights movement, and contemporary domestic and foreign policy developments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog, or a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 0092, or permission of the department. Functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; and inequalities. A graphing calculator is required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1021, MATH 1023 or MATH 1313; or permission of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Graphical display of data; descriptive statistics; probability; the normal distribution; standard scores; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing based on one sample; regression; and correlation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 1021. A survey of practical mathematics for non-science majors. Topics can be chosen from—but not limited to—sets, logic, number systems, number theory, geometry, finance, graph theory, voting, and mathematics history.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021. An introduction to biological principles including scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1201 to meet a degree's requirement.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: BIOL 1001. A taxonomic survey of living organisms (bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals) and viruses. Includes study of structure and functions of organs and systems with emphasis on advanced plants and vertebrates. Also covers basic evolutionary and ecological principles and reinforces use of the scientific process. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1202 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1002. Basic ecological principles related to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The scientific approach to environmental issues and society's response to these issues are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1021. A non-technical survey course covering a broad range of topics in the field of chemistry and physics. It is not intended for students who wish to pursue further work in chemistry or physics, and may not be substituted for basic courses covering these areas of science.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 1021 or MATH 1313. Atmospheric processes and how they contribute to resulting weather events; current weather observations and forecasting techniques; severe events; weather service of NOAA.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Fundamentals of chemistry covering the basic topics of general, inorganic, organic, nuclear, and biochemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 1201 to meet a degree's requirements. [CCEM 1003/1103] Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of American government with emphasis on the national government. Topics include constitutional development, federal-state relationships, electoral politics, law, public policy and civic responsibility.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001. A survey course with emphasis on introducing the student to the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of American government with emphasis on the national government. Topics include constitutional development, federal-state relationships, electoral politics, law, public policy and civic responsibility.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of state and local political tendencies in Louisiana with special emphasis on political development after 1812.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: credit for or enrollment in POLI 2051 or 2056; or permission of instructor. A survey of the developing field of Disaster Science and Emergency Management in all levels of government, including public agencies coping with disasters, both natural and man-made, in tandem with quasi-public, non-profit, and private agencies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: credit for or enrollment in POLI 2051 or 2056; or permission of instructor. A survey of technology relevant to emergency planning, response, recovery and mitigation; current and emerging technology with application to disasters and emergency management; plus special issues and problems associated with the use of technology in emergency management.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: DSEM 2010 and DSEM 3200 and permission of Faculty Coordinator. Supervised work in national, state, or local government or private agencies concerned with disaster and emergency management. Designed to provide practical experience in this field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: 18 hours in DSEM-relevant courses; or permission of instructor. A recapitulation of the various perspectives, policies, and procedures of national, state or local government, or private agencies concerned with disaster and emergency management including current issues in the field, with emphasis on practical application of theoretical perspectives to real world situations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including development, components, formats, and applications, and to the science of deriving information about the earth’s surface using images acquired at a distance.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of selected events in history that caused catastrophic disruption of normal social, political, and/or economic patterns and an analysis of how different cultures responded to those events.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the role of public health in preparing, responding, and recovering from community emergency.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey course designed to present an overview of the operation of the business firm and acquaint the student with phases of business organizations and operations and guide them in their occupational choice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. The field of marketing; marketing environment, functions, and institutional structure at a macro level; marketing strategy and policies at a micro level; problems of cost and productivity; viewpoints of society, consumer, and marketing manager.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. Management functions, including planning, organizing, staffing/human resource management, leading/interpersonal influence, and controlling in both domestic and international spheres.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: MATH 1021 and a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. Financial accounting with emphasis on knowledge required for completion of the accounting cycle, including income measurement and financial statement preparation; accounting for current and plant assets, current and long-term liabilities, stockholders' equity, and cash flows.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ACCT 2001. Principles and methods of accounting primarily concerned with data gathering and presentation for purposes of internal management evaluation and decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: MATH 1021. An introductory study of the nature of economics, economic concepts and problems, economic system, and the role of government. Special emphasis is placed upon the accounting, analytical and policy aspects of national income and product and upon the money and banking system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: MATH 1021. A study of basic economics, exploring theories of production, determination of prices in regulated and unregulated industries, functional distribution, international economics, and problems of economic development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A look at leadership and ethical issues faced in a criminal justice setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of correctional programs and practices that function outside the traditional institutional setting. Survey of community corrections in terms of historical contributions; legal, social, and ethical considerations; professionalism; roles of staff, administration, and community resources in relationships among and between the community systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the problems of juvenile delinquency with emphasis on theories, preventive programs, juvenile law, courts, treatment, and current problems in the juvenile justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study that blends the concepts of community policing and problem oriented policing into a combined approach to provide quality police service. A proactive philosophy that promotes solving problems that are criminal, affect our quality of life, or increase our fear of crime. Encourages developing strategies to identify, analyze and address community problems at their source.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the theory and practice of probation and parole as a function of the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 and PSYC 2525; or permission of instructor. Lecture and laboratory beginning course in applying the scientific method to the problems of psychology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A review of the ethical standards and legal mandates governing the research and professional practice of psychology. The perspectives of both consumers and psychologist providers are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in PSYC 3017 or permission of instructor. Student will propose, conduct, analyze and interpret an original research project (experiment) and develop a written paper and a professional presentation of the results of the project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: 18 hours of psychology. A recapitulation of the various theoretical orientations and perspectives in the field of psychology, including current issues in the field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A study of major theories of personality.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A study of the nature and development of abnormal personality and behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A survey of current theories of learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A look at leadership and ethical issues faced in a criminal justice setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an intensive inquiry into domestic and international terrorism while at the same time examining how local, state, and federal agencies draft and implement public safety via Homeland Security to protect America and its visitors from terrorist acts. Additionally, this course examines the role that Homeland Security Agencies and their policy makers play in planning and responding to natural disasters.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A general introduction to the sociological study of crime including theories of crime causation, their relationship to society, and the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of correctional programs and practices that function outside the traditional institutional setting. Survey of community corrections in terms of historical contributions; legal, social, and ethical considerations; professionalism; roles of staff, administration, and community resources in relationships among and between the community systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the role of minorities in the criminal justice system: as victims, as offenders; as defendants; as prisoners; as employees; and as professionals. Addresses the changing role of women as criminal justice professionals within the framework of conflict theory. Additional topics include causes and prevention of violence and sexual harassment in the criminal justice workplace.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit when topics change. Examination of the literature and analysis of current issues relevant in criminal justice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the problems of juvenile delinquency with emphasis on theories, preventive programs, juvenile law, courts, treatment, and current problems in the juvenile justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study that blends the concepts of community policing and problem oriented policing into a combined approach to provide quality police service. A proactive philosophy that promotes solving problems that are criminal, affect our quality of life, or increase our fear of crime. Encourages developing strategies to identify, analyze and address community problems at their source.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A thorough review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). A review of the different levels of institutions, prison policies, and practices of the BOP.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of constitutional law and its applicability.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the theory and practice of probation and parole as a function of the criminal justice system.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. The field of marketing; marketing environment, functions, and institutional structure at a macro level; marketing strategy and policies at a micro level; problems of cost and productivity; viewpoints of society, consumer, and marketing manager.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: a grade of "C" or higher or enrollment in BUSN 1001. Management functions, including planning, organizing, staffing/human resource management, leading/interpersonal influence, and controlling in both domestic and international spheres.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the role of public health in preparing, responding, and recovering from community emergency.

Calendar

Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Start Date Calendar

Start Date Course End Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
10/23/2017 12/10/2017 9/25/2017 10/2/2017 10/16/2017 10/19/2017
1/15/2018 3/4/2018 11/30/2017 12/18/2017 1/8/2018 1/10/2018
3/12/2018 4/29/2018 2/12/2018 2/26/2018 3/5/2018 3/7/2018
5/7/2018 6/24/2018 4/9/2018 4/23/2018 4/30/2018 5/2/2018
7/2/2018 8/19/2018 6/4/2018 6/18/2018 6/25/2018 6/27/2018
8/27/2018 10/14/2018 7/30/2018 8/13/2018 8/20/2018 8/22/2018
10/22/2018 12/9/2018 9/24/2018 10/8/2018 10/15/2018 10/17/2018

Withdrawal Calendar

Term Start Date Last Day to Drop Without W Last Day to Withdraw 100% Refund
Fall 3 10/23/2017 10/24/2017 11/27/2017 10/24/2017
Spring 2 1/15/2018 1/16/2018 2/19/2018 1/16/2018
Spring 3 3/12/2018 3/13/2018 4/16/2018 3/13/2018
SUMMER 2 5/7/2018 5/8/2018 6/11/2018 5/8/2018
SUMMER 3 7/2/2018 7/3/2018 8/6/2018 7/3/2018
FALL 2 8/27/2018 8/28/2018 10/1/2018 8/28/2018
FALL 3 10/22/2018 10/23/2018 11/26/2018 10/23/2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.

Tuition

Total program cost varies due to incoming credits.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Total Program Cost
Bachelor of General Studies: Disaster Science & Emergency Management $249.40 $748.20 Varies

Additional Fees

$20 Application Fee.

$50 Online Program Fee.

The Online Program fee is assessed per course and used for funding services directly related to the online programs including online tutoring, academic assistants, faculty training, and course development. Additional fees may apply. LSUA reserves the right to increase fees at any time

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who need it. Follow the steps below to get started.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a federal application that will qualify you for any grants, loans, or other financial benefits. You can apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please include LSUA’s school code: 002011. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Management Office at 318-473-6423 for an appointment.
  • LSUA should receive your information within 3 weeks of an electronic submission of the FAFSA. Once we receive your information, you will receive a letter from our Financial Aid Management office. You may need to provide our office with additional information. If you do, please return the requested information as soon as possible so that we can process your financial aid request.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to receive federal financial aid (grants, loans, or federal work study funds), students must make satisfactory academic progress.

  • Student's cumulative GPA must be at or above a 2.0.
  • Student must have earned 70% of the total credits they have attempted at any post-secondary education institution whose credits are accepted as transfer at LSU of Alexandria.
  • Student cannot attempt more than 150% of the credits required for the degree they are seeking. Courses that have been withdrawn (received a grade of W) AND courses that have been bankrupted count in total attempted hours.
  • Students who do not meet these requirements may submit an appeal to the financial aid appeals committee.
  • For more information regarding the financial aid process, please contact the Financial Aid Management office at 318-473-6423 or e-mail financialaid@lsua.edu.

Admissions

To be admitted to the LSUA Bachelor of General Studies: Disaster Science & Emergency Management online program, applicants must meet the following admission requirements.

First-Time Freshmen

Louisiana Resident Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Completion of LA Core 4 Curriculum, or its equivalent at time of high school graduation
  • High school GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Require no Developmental Courses
  • Either 2.0 GPA, or greater in Core Courses, or ACT Composite of 20* or greater

Requirements for no Developmental Courses

English:

  • ACT English subscore of 18 or higher
  • SAT Reading Score of 450 or higher
  • COMPASS Writing Score of 68 or higher

Mathematics:

  • ACT Math subscore of 19 or higher
  • SAT Math subscore of 460 or higher
  • COMPASS Algebra Score of 40 or higher

*SAT equivalent: Math + Reading = 940 or higher


Non-Louisiana Residents and Home School Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Meet requirements above or
  • Complete 17 of 19 required units in HS, have a 2.0 or greater HS GPA, require no Developmental Courses, and ACT Composite of 20, or
  • ACT Composite of 23 or greater, or SAT Combination of Math and Reading of a 1050, and require no Developmental Courses (see requirements above)

Transfer Students

  • Must have earned 12 non-developmental course hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Must have completed a college-level English and Math course designed to fulfill general education requirements.

*Students transferring with fewer than 12 non-developmental hours, or students transferring from schools not regionally accredited, must have at least a 2.0 college GPA and meet First-Time Freshmen criteria.