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Online BGS in Disaster Science & Emergency Management

The BGS in Disaster Science & Emergency Management prepares you with valuable skills that can be applied in a wide spectrum of potential career areas, including national, state, or local governments, as well as for-profit companies and non-profit agencies, or as a private consultant to businesses.

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120 credit hours
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The LSUA 100% online BGS in Disaster Science & Emergency Management degree program provides a comprehensive education with emphasis on understanding disasters and minimizing harm to people and property before, during, and after disasters.

Apply what you learn here to many types of occupational roles. For example, first responders can benefit by gaining credentials that provide a pathway to leadership positions. This degree also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in this field, which can lead to research or college-level teaching careers.

In the LSUA Online BGS in Disaster Science & Emergency Management you will:

  • Gain an understanding of disasters and how they occur, as well as how to manage these emergencies with an aim towards achieving the best possible outcome
  • Benefit from insights gained in enrichment courses in criminal justice, business, psychology, and the humanities
  • Improve your potential for career advancement, which can provide a better future for yourself and your family
 

Watch this video for 10 great reasons why you should enroll in a 100% online undergraduate program at LSUA.

Online Courses

Coursework in this 120-hour online BGS 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

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The earth's surface from the standpoint of its physical and cultural regions. Emphasis on the relationship between culture and physical environment, the distribution of people and their use of the land.

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 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: 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

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

Students that complete any course 100% online will automatically meet this criteria.

A hands-on introduction to the operation and use of the microcomputer. Topics covered will include turning on the computer, using a mouse, interacting with the graphical user interface, word processing, spreadsheet creation, email, and searching the Internet. Students cannot use this course to meet bachelor degree requirements.

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

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

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

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: MGMT 3200. Behavioral sciences applied to understanding human dynamics in organizations; focus on individual, interpersonal, group, and intergroup behavior; impact of human behavior on organizational effectiveness.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Develops skill in using current off-the-shelf word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and personal database software.

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

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000 or 2060 or SOCL 2001; or consent of instructor. A study of the nature of social behavior, social stimulation, and response; a psychological analysis of society and social institutions. Offered SP.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An advanced course with particular emphasis on humanistic perspectives, adjustment mechanisms, self-growth, and development of a personal philosophy of death. Discussion of the historical, legal, medical, and moral aspects of death; the psychological process of dying; and bereavement and grief. Major project required.

Any course substitutions must be approved by HIPS Department.

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

Introduction to criminal justice, its historical and philosophical background; its organizations, agencies, and processes; the development of modern practices; and its role in a democratic society.

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 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

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

Study of constitutional law and its applicability.

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

This course will highlight the various aspects of American mass media including development, structure, problems, and opportunities. Mass communications theory and processes will also be addressed.

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

Earth and solar system; bases of natural regionalism; weather and climate; landforms; hydrography; vegetation; soils, minerals.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in PHSC 1001. A non-technical survey course in the physical sciences. Topics are taken primarily from the fields of astronomy, meteorology, and earth sciences. Students cannot use both this course and any other course in college-level astronomy to meet a degree’s requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: credit for or enrollment in POLI 2051. Introduction to healthcare public policy relating especially to older Americans.

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
7/1/2019 8/18/2019 6/3/2019 6/17/2019 6/24/2019 6/26/2019
8/26/2019 10/13/2019 7/29/2019 8/12/2019 8/19/2019 8/21/2019
10/21/2019 12/8/2019 9/23/2019 10/7/2019 10/14/2019 10/16/2019
1/13/2020 3/1/2020 12/2/2019 12/16/2019 1/6/2020 1/8/2020
3/9/2020 4/26/2020 2/10/2020 2/24/2020 3/2/2020 3/4/2020
5/11/2020 6/28/2020 4/13/2020 4/27/2020 5/4/2020 4/29/2020
6/29/2020 8/16/2020 6/1/2020 6/15/2020 6/22/2020 6/24/2020
8/24/2020 10/11/2020 7/27/2020 8/10/2020 8/17/2020 8/19/2020
10/19/2020 12/6/2020 9/21/2020 10/5/2020 10/12/2020 10/14/2020

Withdrawal Calendar

Start Date Last Day to Drop Without W Last Day to Withdraw 100% Refund
8/26/2019 8/28/2019 9/21/2019 8/27/2019
10/21/2019 10/23/2019 11/2/2019 10/22/2019
1/13/2020 1/15/2020 2/11/2020 1/15/2020
3/9/2020 3/11/2020 4/6/2020 3/11/2020
5/11/2020 5/13/2020 6/1/2020 5/6/2020
6/29/2020 7/1/2020 7/27/2020 7/1/2020
8/24/2020 8/26/2020 9/23/2020 8/26/2020
10/19/2020 10/21/2020 11/16/2020 10/21/2020

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
Online BGS in Disaster Science & Emergency Management $250 $750 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 Online BGS in Disaster Science & Emergency Management program, applicants must meet the following requirements.

First-Time Freshmen

Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Be a Louisiana resident to enroll due to internship requirements.
  • 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

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.

Credits

LSUA makes every effort to award students transfer credits from a variety of sources. Those include regionally accredited schools, approved testing agencies, military experience, ACE credits, or other approved methods. The credits are transferred in a manner that is consistent with LSUA's procedures to help students reach their educational goals in the most direct way.

*Official transcripts or test scores must be sent directly from the institution or agency awarding the credit or score.

Transcripts will be evaluated as they are received. Processing will be done in the order in which files are complete. Once students are admitted and have registered for classes, they will be able to view their transcript evaluation through the Self-Service portal. An LSUA transcript cannot be released unless it contains LSU Alexandria courses.

Transfer Credits Search

Transfer course equivalencies are available by accessing the searchable database.. These equivalencies are both for in-state and out-of-state colleges/universities.

Instructions: Find your home institution, click the arrow to the left of the school name to expand. Click the year that you took the course. Courses that have already been evaluated will show in the list and will indicate how LSU Alexandria will transfer that specific course. Courses with asterisks (*) in the course number do not have direct equivalent courses at LSUA. These courses may be used as free electives or your advisor may request a course substitution if appropriate.

Note: Search may not produce a complete list of transfer credit courses.

Transfer Credits for Dual Enrollment

Students who were enrolled in one or more dual enrollment classes through a regionally accredited college or university while still in high school are required to provide an official transcript from that institution. Transcripts are required regardless of whether credit was earned.

Official transcripts must be requested from the original institution(s). LSUA participates in E-Script Safe and can send or receive transcripts electronically. Official transcripts must come directly to LSUA from the original institution either by mail or electronically, or in a sealed (unopened) envelope.

Financial aid cannot be processed until all official transcripts are received. Official transcripts must be received by the first day of class or admission will be cancelled.

Transcripts must be sent to:
LSU Alexandria
Admissions
8100 Hwy 71 South
Alexandria, LA 71302

Questions about Dual Credit should be sent to admissions@lsua.edu

Military Credit

Students who have served on active duty in the United States military may receive Military Service credit. In order to receive military credit, supply a copy of the following:

  • DD214 or DD295
  • American Council on Education (ACE) guide or
  • Army/American Council of Education Registry Transcript (AARTS)

Army Veterans should submit an official copy of their Army/American Council of Education Registry Transcript (AARTS). To obtain transcripts, write to AARTS Operations Center, 298 Grant Avenue, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. 66027-1254 or fax: Commercial (913) 684-9497(9499) or DSN 552-9497 (9499)

Additional information on military service credit can be found in the General Catalog under the Admissions section.

Procedure for applying military credit from ACE Guide

Transcripts and documentation must be sent to:
LSU Alexandria
Admissions
8100 Hwy 71 South
Alexandria, LA 71302

Police Academy Credit

Criminal Justice students who have passed a 320 hour (or more) basic training course as prescribed and certified by the Louisiana Council on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) may apply for fifteen semester hours of credit in lieu of CJUS 1107 (Introduction to Criminal Justice), CJUS 2131 (Police Process), CJUS 3025 (Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice), CJUS 4999 (Internship in Criminal Justice), and three hours of Criminal Justice elective credit at the 4000 level. If the training was completed outside of the State of Louisiana, it must transfer to Louisiana in Admission 2017-2018 page 34 | 2017-2018 LSUA Catalog accordance with Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 22, Part III, Chapter 47. Criminal Justice students who have completed Introduction to Correctional Techniques through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center may apply for nine semester hours of credit in lieu of CJUS 2216 (Corrections Process), CJUS 3025 (Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice), and CJUS 4045 (The U. S. Prison System).

Students should request academy credit by contacting the Department Chair for Criminal Justice, Beth Whittington at, blord@lsua.edu.