Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies

Multidisciplinary Studies Major with a Concentration in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management

The field of emergency management has shown significant growth and continues to further develop as disasters and major emergencies become more frequent and costly and as response and recovery from these events require collaboration and coordination. This multi-disciplinary concentration of study with a focus on environmental hazards and emergency management will prepare the student to apply the theoretical underpinnings of emergency management to practice, obtain a knowledge of natural hazards from a scientific perspective and the global, national, regional, and local impacts of these events, interpret and analyze appropriate data and information technology related to natural hazards and emergency management, recognize the effective methods for decision making and problem solving related to emergency management, and exhibit competency in assessing risk susceptibility, resilience and vulnerability within a community or organizations. 


Emergency management professionals are employed at each level of government (e.g., local, state, and federal) and within various governmental agencies at each level (e.g., Departments of Emergency Management, Departments of Public Health, Departments of Transportation, Departments of Public Works), non-profit disaster relief organizations, domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, energy sector, private sector emergency management consulting, and information technology among others. 


Program Highlights: 

  • Prepares the students for a broad range of career fields in both the public and private sectors ranging from but not limited to jobs in emergency management but across other related fields from business to industry to education and community development. 
  • Includes an internship/applied experience that focuses on application of the theoretical information covered in courses. 
  • Courses are taught by faculty that have both the theoretical and applied experiences and have served as practitioners in the field of emergency management. 

in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management has two core program tracks:

Core Program 1 (18 credits)

EHEM 201: Introduction to Emergency Management (3 credits)
EHEM 305: Disaster Management and Community Risk Reduction (3 credits)
EHEM 316: Introduction to Terrorism, WMD, and Homeland Security (3 credits)
OSEH 120: Fundamentals of Safety, Health, and Environmental Issues (3 credits)
EHEM 319: Emergency Management Planning (3 credits)
ESCI 101: Earth Systems and Natural Hazards (3 credits)

Core Program 2 (18 credits)

ESCI 107: The Atmosphere (3 credits)
ESCI 366: Ocean Resources (3 credits)
ESCI 221: Physical Geology (3 credits)
ESCI 245: Environmental Meteorology (3 credits)
ESCI 385: Global Climate Change: Science and Policy (3 credits)
GEOG 295: Geographical Information Systems (3 credits)

For specific information on how to apply to the program and to access required forms please visit the MDST website by clicking here.