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College of Public Safety Administration

Bachelor of Applied Science

Public Safety Administration

PSA-BAS

Program Leadership Information

Angel Bates, BAC Specialist Advising, AC, (727) 341-4419
Brian Frank, Dean, AC, (727) 341-4503

Program Summary

This program develops competencies that help students solve management problems, understand finance and budgets, fine tune strategic plans, develop and evaluate programs, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity and address internal organizational issues.

The PSA-BAS degree, along with the appropriate certifications, prepares graduates for entry-level positions in law enforcement, fire services, corrections, emergency medical services, emergency administration management, and industrial security enterprises in government and private sector agencies.


The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2015 (495), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Admission Rules

UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS
Admission requires an A.S. Degree of sixty (60) credits in a public safety discipline (see program admission for a list of acceptable disciplines) including at least fifteen (15) semester hours of transferable general education coursework.

GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER REQUIRED FOR ALL COURSES

Graduation Rules

FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
If you have not completed two years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the BAS Program.

AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Additional General Education Courses

Enhanced World View Requirements*
9
A. Communications *
6
B. Humanities/Fine Arts*
6
C. Mathematics
6-7
D. Natural & Physical Sciences
6
E. Social & Behavioral Sciences*
3
F. Ethics
G. Computer/Information Literacy Competency (see catalog for details)

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT
A.A. or A.S. Degree

60
Credits

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

Public Personnel Management
3
Program Planning & Evaluation
3
Foundations of Public Safety Administration
3
Community Relations Theory and Practice
3
Managing Conflict in Public Organizations
3
Public Finance
3
Grant Administration & Resource Development
3
Administrative Law
3
Public Safety Administration Capstone
3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Elective Courses (Select 6 credits)

Organizational Communication
3
Management of Information Systems
3
Applied Organizational Behavior
3
Management & Leadership Practices
3
Facilities and Property Mangement
3
Survey of Public Policy
3
Program Planning & Evaluation
3
Strategic and Operational Planning
3
Critical Incident Management
3

SUBPLANS
Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 9 credits):

Select ONE of the following Subplans

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Criminal Justice (CJ)

Management of Community Corrections
3
Contemporary Issues & Trends in Corrections
3
Corrections Practice & Policy
3
International Organized Crime
3
Patrol Issues in Law Enforcement Administration
3
Management of Specialized Law Enforcement Units
3
Criminal Investigations Theory and Practice
3
Political & Socio-Economic Impact of Gangs
3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Fire Science (FSE)

Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection
3
Advanced Fire Administration
3
Community Fire & Risk Reduction
3
Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection
3
Fire Prevention Organization and Management
3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS)

Planning Methodology for Hazard Mitigation
3
Emergining Issues in Environmental Disaster Management
3
Evolution of Emergency Management
3
Critical Incident Management
3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Cross Discipline (CD)

9
Choose 9 credits from the Subplans above
120
Total Credits