Students in Utah have limited options for homeland security programs and may choose to earn a certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field. Associate's degrees may be designed for transfer to baccalaureate programs or for immediate entrance into the workforce, depending on the school. Bachelor's degree programs can also prepare graduates for entry-level positions or be used by current emergency services professionals to continue their education. Some programs are designed to allow for some courses to be completed online.
The Department of Homeland Security is made up of four divisions that work with government agencies, emergency management, law enforcement, medical services and fire services in an attempt to protect America from terrorism. Some criminal justice programs lead to careers in homeland security, but this article focuses on Utah schools that offer specific homeland security courses and training.
Read on for more detailed profiles of the schools in Utah that offer programs related to homeland security.
Salt Lake Community College
Students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Homeland Security/Emergency Management at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City. The program prepares students to work in disaster response and preparedness in addition to national security. Students might take courses in homeland security, intelligence analysis, terrorism, management of emergency communications and protecting critical infrastructure.
The college also offers Associate of Science and AAS programs in criminal justice. The former prepares students for transfer to a 4-year institution, while the latter readies them for immediate employment. Both programs allow students to select 15 credits of electives, which could include terrorism and homeland security coursework.
The school also has a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate of Completion program that can help students find jobs in government, disaster response or homeland security.
Utah Valley University
The Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security at Utah Valley University in Orem has a mission to support national security and the delivery of emergency services. The university offers an affiliated program in emergency services administration, which includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Emergency Services Administration - Emergency Management and a BS in Emergency Services Administration - Emergency Care. Courses in the emergency management program are offered completely online and cover managing medical emergency services, disaster/emergency management and program administration.
Associate's degree options include an AS in Emergency Services, AAS in Emergency Services for fire officers, AAS in Emergency Services with a focus on firefighter/emergency care and AAS in Wildland Fire Management. All of the programs in this department are designed to meet standards set by the Department of Homeland Security.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Homeland Security Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Salt Lake Community College||2-year; public; large suburb|| Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Completion,
Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security/Emergency Management,
Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
|$3,843 in-state; $12,206 out-of-state*|
|Utah Valley University||4-year; public; small city|| Associate of Science in Emergency Services,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services - Fire Officer,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services - Firefighter/Emergency Care,
Associate of Applied Science in Wildland Fire Management,
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration - Emergency Management,
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration - Emergency Care
|$5,726 in-state; $16,296 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.