Program and Courses
The Associate of Applied Science degree is multidisciplinary, including studies in homeland security, fire science, and criminal justice. Additional coursework in geographic information systems, business communications, ethics, and general education ensures graduates are ready to handle the real-world demands of this complex and challenging field.
All Emergency Management and Homeland Security courses are offered as Distance Learning Hybrid classes (DIL/HYD). The majority of the coursework is conducted online, with three to five required on-campus meetings per course for orientation, classes, labs, etc.
The on-campus meetings are held at multiple locations throughout the ACC district. Locations for each course section are listed in the ACC course schedule. Some classes will be conducted at ACC’s Public Safety Training Center at the Hays campus , a state-of-the-art facility that includes a functioning Emergency Operations Center for hands-on disaster response exercises.
HMSY 1337 - Introduction to Homeland Security
Overview of homeland security. Evaluation of the progression of homeland security issues throughout Texas and the United States. An examination of the roles undertaken and methods used by governmental agencies and individuals to respond to those issues.
FIRT 1301 - Fundamentals of Fire Protection
Orientation to the fire service, career opportunities, and related fields. Study of the philosophy, history and fundamentals of public and private fire protection. Topics include statistics of fire and property loss, agencies involved in public and private protection, legislative development, departmental organization, training and staffing. Students pursuing an AAS in Fire Protection must have an approved degree plan with instructional program chair.
EMAP 1400 - Principles of Basic Emergency Management
Overview of the Texas Emergency Management System and the concepts of emergency management and its integration of systems, basic definitions, identification of hazards, role of the local emergency manager, including interaction among various government entities. This course is equivalent to the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency courses G230 and G610.
FIRT 1315 - Hazardous Materials I
The chemical characteristics and behavior of various materials. Storage, transportation, handling hazardous emergency situations, and the most effective methods of hazard mitigation. This is a basic course designed for first responders (police, fire, medical) to hazardous materials incidents. The course materials include an introduction to Haz-Mat, identifying hazardous materials, community risk assessment, command and control of incidents, and operations at incidents. Federal, state, and local regulations that apply to hazardous material will also be studied. Recognition of shipping containers and knowledge of labels, placards, and other marking systems will be learned. Students pursuing an AAS in Fire Protection must have an approved degree plan with instructional program chair.
EMAP 1345 - Hazard Mitigation and Debris Management
Hazard mitigation process and available methodologies which, when applied, will contribute to reducing the vulnerability of a jurisdiction. Includes an in-depth study of potential funding mechanisms including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
EMAP 2355 - Disaster Recovery
Policies, concepts, and procedures of recovery. Addresses the various federal and state assistance programs. Emphasizes coordination of damage assessment, preparing documentation, and recovery procedures. This course is equivalent to the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency course G620.
EMAP 1440 - Disaster Exercise Design and Evaluation
Twelve-step process in the development of emergency management exercises, beginning with assessing a jurisdiction’s exercise needs and continuing through criteria-based evaluation and after-action reporting. Provides students with detailed information concerning the system for command, control, and coordination of emergency response. This course is equivalent to the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Management Agency course G920.
EMAP 2302 - Managing Mass Casualty and Fatality Incidents
Disaster scene control involving large numbers of casualties and fatalities; coordination of the responding agencies. Includes observation and critique of mass casualty disaster drills and critical incident stress debriefing.
HMSY 1338 - Homeland Security Emergency Communications Management
A study of public safety communication system interactions. Topics include political and policy basis of emergency management, technology, mitigation, and disaster recovery. Includes an overview of incident command systems, emergency management, mitigation for emergency managers, and individual and community disaster education.
CRIJ 1301 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined: its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; corrections.
CRIJ 2328 - Police Systems and Practices
The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues.