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Certificate of Achievement
Homeland Security

The Certificate of Achievement in Homeland Security is designed to prepare students to meet the needs of entry-level positions in the Homeland Security career fields. The curriculum will prepare students with a foundation of the Homeland Security Enterprise and provide them with the knowledge to enter varied career fields that plan for and respond to the security of people, places and programs. The skills developed during class will enhance the student’s ability by completing industry-recognized third-party Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certification courses as part of each class in the core program. The Homeland Security program is designed for First Responders, government officials, emergency managers as well as the citizen interested in personal and community safety and security.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
HMLD 101 - Introduction to Homeland SecurityM3.0
HMLD 101 - Introduction to Homeland Security (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides first responders and other interested students with the foundational knowledge pertaining to homeland security. This course will include discussions on the polices, organizational relationships, and legal issues in the American context from federal, state and local municipal government perspectives.

HMLD 105 - Hazard Mitigation in Emergency ManagementM3.0
HMLD 105 - Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is an introduction to mitigation; one of the four core phases of emergency management. This course will cover the hazard planning process to assist students in mitigating or eliminating hazards from an all hazard approach to emergency management. The student will also learn about the national framework used in the public-private sector of the homeland security enterprise; inclusive of governmental agencies and regulatory and legal sources responsible for hazard mitigation. Application of the concepts learned will be applied to risk assessments and the development of strategies at the local, state, national and international levels of government.

HMLD 104 - Emergency Planning & ResponseM3.0
HMLD 104 - Emergency Planning & Response (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is for students that desire to know about emergency planning and response. This course will cover emergency planning and response using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) as part of the National Response Framework (NRF). The student will learn how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. The student will also learn how the NRF’s flexibility is used in the public-private sector of the homeland security enterprise; inclusive of governmental agencies and regulatory and legal sources responsible for hazard mitigation. Application of the concepts learned will be applied to risk assessments and development of strategies and plans at the local, state, national and international levels of government.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
2nd Semester
HMLD 102 - Introduction to Emergency ManagementM3.0
HMLD 102 - Introduction to Emergency Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides first responders and other interested students with the foundational knowledge pertaining to emergency management. This course will include discussions on the policies, organizational relationships, and legal issues in the American context from federal, state and local municipal government perspectives.

HMLD 103 - Terrorism & Violence in SocietyM3.0
HMLD 103 - Terrorism & Violence in Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides the student with an overview of the domestic and global issues related to terrorism and violence in society. This course includes an analysis of terrorism and violent extremism as an aggressive alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the modern age. Students will also investigate the role economic, political and social factors play in determining patterns of terrorist activity, homegrown terrorism and violent extremism in society from a domestic and international level of analysis.

Select one: AJ 101 / FTEC 101 / WFT 101 / GIS 281 M3.0†
AJ 101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system of the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the criminal justice system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped these principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the justice system of the United States, and particularly the structure and function of the police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.

FTEC 101 - Fire Protection Organization (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides Fire Technology or other interested students with an overview of fire protection issues. Included will be an introduction to the philosophy and history of fire protection and fire service. The organization and function of public and private fire protection services, the laws and regulations affecting fire service and the role of fire departments as part of local government will be explored. Basic fire chemistry, fire protection systems, firefighting strategies and possible career opportunities in fire related fields will also be addressed.

WFT 101 - Wildland Fire Behavior (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required for the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information necessary to understand basic wildland fire behavior, wildland fire predictions, and wildland fire operation safety. Wildland fire environmental factors and the tools required to monitor weather and fire behavior will be discussed as it relates to wildland fire predictions. This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

GIS 281 - Crime Mapping and Analysis (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CIT 101
Transfers to: CSU

Crime mapping plays an important role in almost any form of crime analysis and can improve our understanding of the important relationships between people, location, time, and crime. As a result, geographic information systems (GIS) has become an essential tool used by crime analysts to discover crime patterns, implement corrective strategies, optimize resource allocation and to develop crime prevention measures. Students will use ArcGIS to analyze crime series, conduct problem analysis, study crime trends, and address deployment issues as they relate to decision making in law enforcement. Students should have a working knowledge of Windows to be successful in this course.

Total Semester Units:9.0† 
Total Units for Homeland Security COA program 18.0† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will analyze and interpret homeland security data and theories.


2

Students will apply cross-disciplinary methods of analysis.


3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of homeland security information.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

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