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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity

Program of Study


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity
  • Critical Inquiry and Communication in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity
  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity

Concentration Courses

Choose 12 credits in one of the following areas of concentration:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Homeland Security

See undergraduate bulletin for details.


100 Hours of Approved Training 

  • Foundation: 30 hours
  • Professional Development: 20 hours
  • Community Engagement: 15 hours
  • Concentration Specific: 35 hours

Applied Learning

  • Research Seminar 
  • Internship Experience 
  • Capstone Project 


Career Paths & Concentrations
Emergency Preparedness

Minimize risk to people, property, small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations by evaluating hazards, responding to emergencies and disasters, and coordinating shared community resources and equipment.

Sample concentration courses: Simulation: Building Security and Preparedness; Military Forces in Support of Civil Authorities; Disasters and Crisis Management in the Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors; State and Regional Planning.

Leads to a Bachelor of Arts

Homeland Security

Secure America's towns, cities, borders, airports, seaports, and waterways as a skilled member of law enforcement, immigration and travel security agencies, prevention and response teams, and mission support organizations.

Sample concentration courses: Psychology of Terrorism; Human Trafficking; Forensic Science Investigation; Policing a Free Society; Cross-National Crime; Violent Political Conflict.

Leads to a Bachelor of Arts


Help companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations protect sensitive and proprietary information from data breaches, hackers, inside threats, and natural disasters like fires and floods.

Sample concentration courses: Networking and Cryptography; Cyber Threats and Intelligence; International Cyber Conflicts; Cyber Crime Investigations; Cyber Incident Analysis.

Leads to a Bachelor of Science

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Applied Learning

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity provides an experiential learning component to all students. Through authentic simulations, work with real-world clients, and research in contemporary and highly relevant topics, students will further their classroom learning in an applied environment. The college partners with various offices, agencies and centers that help to provide research and training opportunities for students, academics, and professionals.

This program opened so many doors for me and provided so many experiences I could never have imagined.

Elizabeth Doerr '17

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate major in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive assessment of risks, generate an analysis of options for mitigating risks, select the most appropriate mitigating actions for each risk, develop contingency and crisis response plans, communicate the risk assessment to a variety of audiences, and evaluate risk management plans (i.e., risk management).
  2. Critically analyze arguments by identifying assumptions, understanding claims, evaluating evidence, and drawing a conclusion (i.e., critical thinking). 
  3. Recognize and formulate effective written and oral communication, giving appropriate consideration to audience, context, format, and textual evidence (i.e., communication).
  4. Design and implement strategic plans and creative solutions in novel and evolving circumstances (i.e., problem solving).
  5. Demonstrate understanding of ethical principles in general and the ability to recognize, articulate, and apply ethical principles in concrete situations related to emergency preparedness, homeland security, and cybersecurity (i.e., ethical analysis). 
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of diversity and the ability to assess social equity in management and policy decisions through courses that focus on topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, physical ability, language, and/or social class (i.e., diversity).
  7. Work effectively in teams in evaluating policies, managing projects, and implementing programs as well as effectively managing conflicts, optimizing resources and meeting deadlines (i.e., teamwork and project management). 
  8. Comprehend of the theory and practice of homeland security and be able to analyze policy and synthesize information in five key areas: risk and vulnerability analysis, terrorism, intelligence and counter-terrorism, intergovernmental coordination, and ethics. 
  9. Understand the theoretical and practical principles of emergency preparedness for both natural disasters and terrorist incidents and be able to analyze key topics related to natural disasters, extreme events, emergency planning, all-hazard management, and ethics. 
  10. Review and understand the legal, regulatory, policy, and ethical issues related to securing cyberspace; identify and evaluate cybersecurity threats to organizations; and analyze the effectiveness of cybersecurity in an organization by performing vulnerability assessments, risk mitigation, auditing, certification and accreditation of information systems.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies