Emergency Management and Planning AAS

The Emergency Management and Planning (EMP) Program is designed to serve as a competency-based education and training program for emergency services professionals and others involved with public and private entities that are responsible for public safety and security.

The Program is designed to complement allied degree and certificate programs in criminal justice, municipal police training, homeland security, fire science, emergency medical response, and hazardous materials handling and event response.

The Program stresses the overarching administrative, managerial, planning and leadership skills that are necessary to facilitate intergovernmental and inter-agency cooperation and coordination, along with developing a firm understanding of tactical response theory and practice. Accordingly, the Program places considerable emphasis on developing an understanding of government, public agencies, and public policy management.

The Program is designed to foster a high level of knowledge and competency for persons who are already engaged in emergency response and preparedness fields, or who are interested in pursuing professional careers in these fields.

The Program was designed to adhere closely to the EMP - Homeland Security curriculum developed by the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development (CCWED) under the auspices of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Administration (PEMA). The Program is designed to facilitate transfer and articulation into corresponding 4-year baccalaureate programs also participating in the CCWED Homeland Security Program. Students interesting in pursuing a transfer track are advised to meet with the Director of Criminal Justice Studies and Fire Science to discuss their academic and career plan.

Career Pathway


The Emergency Management and Planning (A.A.S.) Program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Additional information can be obtained by contacting the organization directly at 1700 West Tyler, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-8075 | 405-744-8303 | https://ifsac.org/ | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Outcomes

A graduate of the program will be able to:

  • explain the difference between “emergency planning” and “emergency management.”
  • describe the regulatory and intergovernmental framework of emergency management and planning.
  • perform a variety of different roles and employ teamwork, team-building, and leadership skills in the context of incident management and planning exercises.
  • explain how planning affects and facilitates preparedness.
  • design an interactive planning process for companies and municipalities.
  • explain and differentiate between the principles of “Incident Command” and “Unified Command.”
  • identify, evaluate, and respond to a range of specific hazardous conditions and scenarios in both individual and group exercises.
  • design a safety plan.
  • apply “all-hazards” planning methodology in preparing for mass casualty events, including acts of terrorism.


First Semester

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Core Goal 3: Quantitative Skills 3
FSC 100 Introduction to Fire Science 3
EMP 100 Emergency Planning 3
POL 124
(15 Credit Hours)
American National Government 3

Second Semester

ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Elective Core Goal 8: Physical and Life Sciences 4
EMP 110 Incident Management 3
FSC 103 or
CJS 270
Fire Dept Org and Mgmt or
Police Department Organization and Administration
POL 125 or
POL 231
(16 Credit Hours)
State and Local Government or
Public Policy Management

Third Semester

HIS 102 or 205 History of Western Civilization or History of US from 1877 3
FSC 102 Hazardous Materials 3
EMP 120 Search and Rescue 3
Elective Core Goal 7: Aesthetic Sensibility and the Arts 3
CJS 250 Terrorism and Counterterrorism 3
(18 Credit Hours)
Core Goal 13: Ethical Reasoning and Behavior 3

Fourth Semester

EMP 210 Leadership and Influence in Emergency Response 3
EMP 200 Seminar in Emergency Management 1
Elective Core Goal 4: Computer Fluency 3
SPC 110 Speech Communication 3
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3
EMP 265
(16 Credit Hours)
Public Safety Technology 3


* Homeland Security Concentration

Second Semester — CJS 250 Terrorism and Counterterrorism instead of FSC 103 or CJS 270
Third Semester — CJS 251 Introduction to Homeland Security instead of EMP 120 Search and Rescue; CIS 110 Computer Information Systems for Management instead of CJS 250 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Fourth Semester — CJS 252 Intelligence Analysis and Security Mgmt instead of EMP 210 Leadership and influence in Emergency Response; CJS 253 Transportation and Border Security instead of CIS 110 Computer Information Systems for Management