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100% Online: B.S. in Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Degree
The B.S. in Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement prepares students for careers in natural resource agencies, emergency management, and law enforcement. The degree provides students with general knowledge and professional skills for a career in emergency management, environmental policy, law enforcement, and administration. This program addresses the need for trained professionals ready to tackle complex issues of both mitigation of and response to natural or man-made disasters.
Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Degree Program Highlights:
- One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
- Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
- Learn about emergency management in any kind of crisis.
- Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
- Get professional skills training by doing a concentration in Environmental GIS, Sustainable Business, or Wildlife Ecology.
- Make professional connections with leaders in your field.
- Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
- Eight start dates per year
- Easily transition into the Masters of Conservation Law Enforcement degree.
Job Outcomes of the online B.S. Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Degree
Graduates of the B.S. in Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement will be prepared for numerous careers in traditional criminal justice occupations, careers at the environmental federal level, as well as preparation for law school:
Emergency Management Director
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Environmental Health and Safety Manager
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Public Service Manager
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Police Officer (with Academy)
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Costs and Financial Aid:
We believe investing in your education is the best thing you can do for your future. The cost of completing your degree depends on how many credits you can transfer into the degree program. You may also be eligible for special tuition rates as a member of the military or if you already have a degree from a community college partner. Learn more about costs and financial aid.
Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Degree Requirements:
A minimum of 120 earned credit hours, 30 credits earned at Unity, and an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
EVPC 201 Environmental Issues: Deforestation, Biodiversity Loss, and Overpopulation
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of the looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of deforestation, biodiversity, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.
EVPC 202 Environmental Issues: Energy, Water Scarcity, and Waste
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of energy, water scarcity, and waste, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.
EVPC 301 Environmental Justice
This course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice. The course begins by examining the philosophical foundations and history of the environmental justice movement and foundational concepts such as justice, race, gender, and class. Students will explore these concepts through a series of case studies of urban and rural environmental (in)justice in the United States and move on to environmental justice’s role on globalization.
EVPC 305 Building a Better World: Ethical Decision-Making
Ethical decision making is essential for leadership, and since most decisions leaders make have an ethical dimension, the ability to discern the ethical implications requires a set of skills that are informed by ethical philosophy. This course provides students with strategies, tools, and techniques to make ethical decisions by considering the ethical issue and the people involved, develop a strategy, and implement the most ethical action possible. Through the use of case studies, students will develop their ethical awareness, learn to distinguish difficult decisions from real ethical dilemmas, and practice deliberating effectively about a variety of ethical issues drawn from social and professional contexts.
EVPC 401 Transformational Leadership
In this course, students explore strategies needed to become effective instruments of change. Students will examine themselves as leaders, learn how to create meaningful relationships as a leader, and understand the role of leadership within complex systems. By using case studies from a variety of organizational contexts such as business, government, non-profit, community, and education, students explore concepts of organization behavior and culture, consensus building, and project management to lead effective change towards environmental sustainability. This course is designed to empower and prepare students to become leaders in any profession.
COMM 303 Communicating to Stakeholders
This course teaches students how to communicate real-world issues and problems for a just end. Students will learn how different modes of communication such as storytelling can be used as an effective way to communicate an organization’s mission and builds empathy for its cause. Students will learn how to craft values-based communications to persuade stakeholders to support for social justice issues such as sustainability, environmental law, and wildlife conservation. Students will learn concepts and skills to build public support for their organization’s mission, strategic initiatives, and fund-raising activities. This course will develop skills in written, visual, and oral communication.
COMM 403 Environmental Crisis Communication
This course introduces students to the key elements of crisis communication, including creating a plan before, during, and after a crisis. Since an organization’s reputation is one of its most valuable asset, effective crisis management helps preserve and defend the company’s reputation and maintain organization’s operations. This course explores aspects of crisis communications including typology of crises; history of crisis communications; theoretical basis for effective crisis response and communications; and crisis communications planning methodologies and strategies.
EMGT 203 Social Justice Issues in Emergency Management
The primary goal of social justice in emergency management is to ensure all groups have the opportunity to receive resources equitably. This course explores how issues like terrorism become racialized, and explores an overview of inequity in how agencies and people respond to natural disasters.
EMGT 301 Public Policy and Planning for Emergency Management and Law Enforcement
This course focuses on the role of local, state, and federal government in a time of disaster. Students will study key legislation related to disasters, disaster management, law enforcement, and how that legislation has impacted the profession.
EMGT 303 Planning and Responding to Natural Disasters
In this course, students will review and critique disaster plans and teaches students components of effective disaster management across various jurisdictions.
EMGT 307 Planning and Responding to Cyberthreats and Terrorism
Students learn the history, methods, and philosophy of terrorism, with an emphasis placed on how governments and law enforcement agencies plan and respond to terrorism and cyberthreats. Students study case studies that explore terrorist activities and the implications for emergency response.
EMGT 403 Implementation of Emergency Management: Simulation and Exercises
The goal of this course is to prepare students to create and implement their own emergency management simulation. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the benefits of exercise management, define the parameters and process of the simulation, describe the different phases of exercise management such as planning, conduct, post-review, and explain how to select the appropriate exercise
ENCJ 201 Law Enforcement and Emergency Management in the Age of Globalization
This course introduces students to the United States criminal justice system in the age of globalization. Students will develop a general understanding of the criminal justice system’s response to crime and how the processes of globalization is changing it. It is an introductory overview of local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial and corrections agencies, and the criminal justice system processes. Special attention will be paid to the role criminal justice agents play in environmental issues and problems. The course prepares students to take more advanced courses that address the specific components of environmental criminal justice.
ENCJ 305 Natural Resource Law and Policy
This survey course addresses not only the creation and management of our natural and wildlife resources on federal public lands, with a focus on the National Parks, National Forests, and the National Resource Lands (Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulated lands), but also including the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Wilderness Preservation System. Students will learn how interest groups, citizens, and the courts influence the management of natural resources on these lands. After taking the class, students should be familiar with the major public land legislation such as the National Forest and National Park “Organic Acts” and the Wilderness Act; as well as laws that affect our public lands, but apply more broadly, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Through class work and their papers, students will also be familiar with different perspectives on some of the most important current issues facing our public lands.
ENCJ 401 Environmental Compliance, Regulation, and Mitigation
Organizations that produce, import, process, handle, or release chemical substances are required by Federal law to comply with many regulatory programs that are implemented by the EPA. This course introduces students to the Federal laws and regulations that apply to environmental compliance and regulation. Upon completion of this course, students develop an understanding of the regulatory process, how specific materials and activities are regulated, and develop skills necessary for applying EPA’s standards to operations.
ENVS 303 Social Science for Environmental Professionals
Every environmental professional needs to understand how to interpret and use research data because they use data to procure stakeholder buy-in and inform the public about important environmental issues. In this course, students will learn an overview of social science research methodology and how to apply those concepts and tools to current environmental issues. Upon completion, students will gain skills in research, data analysis, data implementation, and communication.
EVPC 490 Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Capstone
The Capstone course is the culminating course for students in Unity College bachelor’s degrees. In this course, students will develop a project that deals with a real issue and produce a final artifact reporting the project’s findings. During this process, students will demonstrate and apply learning from their degree program and their ability to communicate to a broad audience. The course will also cover other important topics that support a student’s career development and goals. All projects will be workforce-related products that students can use for their current or pitch to a future employer.