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Emergency Management AAS-T


Associate of Applied Science - Transfer, Professional/Technical Certificate Programs

Area of Interest:

Social Sciences, Human Services and Education

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level.

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

MATH placement via college transcripts or placement assessment is encouraged as soon as possible, before enrollment.


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: Erika Miller (emiller@cascadia.edu)

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide show Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication  
  • EM 102 Introduction to Emergency Management 
  • EM 110 Basic Incident Command System/Nat’l Incident Mgmt System
  • EM 130 Technology in Emergency Management
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  
  • ENGL& 235 Technical Writing  

30-60 credits

  • CMST 105 Professional Communication or CMST& 102 Intro to Mass Media or CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication
  • Natural Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • EM 120 All Hazards Emergency Planning 
  • EM 157 Public Information Officer 
  • EM 210 Exercise Design and Evaluation
  • Natural Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology or SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology  
  • EM 160 Emergency Responses Awareness to Terrorism
  • EM 220 Developing and Managing Volunteer Resources

60-90 credits

  • HIST&148 History of the US II or POLS&202 American Government or POLS 206 State and Local Government
  • EM 180 Public Administration 
  • EM 200 Emergency Operations Center
  • EM 240 Work-Based Learning Experience
  • EM 230 Disaster Recovery
  • Elective Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • EM 198 Special Topics in EM  
  • EM 250 Homeland Security Law and Policy

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests.

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway. 

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated. See the Cascadia catalog for the complete list of EDP designated courses.

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth, and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • ATMS 101 The Science of Weather  
  • ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 
  • GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • GEOG 120 Introduction to Physical Geography 
  • GEOG& 250 Geography of the Pacific NW

Required Electives:

  • ANTH&206 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH&205 Biological Anthropology
  • CMST&220 Public Speaking
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems
  • POLS&200 Introduction to Law
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality
  • SOC 271 Sociology and Deviance

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate of Applied Science - Transfer, and Professional/Technical Certificates - (Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Networking Infrastructure Technology and Web Application Programming). 

Did you know there are more than 1,200 tech businesses within a 10-mile radius of Cascadia's campus? You can earn a certificate and enter the workforce or stack certificates towards a two-year degree. Whatever direction you choose, you’ll be working on a career track that is in high demand in the Puget Sound region, with employers willing to pay top dollar for skilled workers.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

Pierce College: Bachelor of Applied Science Homeland Security Emergency Management 

For more information please contact Erica Miller (emiller@cascadia.edu)

Career Possibilities

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online.  O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry, and more.

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Office for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals.

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