A nationally-recognized program

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at St. Petersburg College was the first such Associate in Science degree in the United States and the first offered completely online. It remains one of the nation's leading programs.

Training you in emergency management

Learn what's in place on the federal, state and local levels to manage disaster preparedness and recovery. Our Homeland Security and Emergency Management A.S. Degree gives current and future emergency professionals a credential to get ahead in their careers. To become certified as an Emergency Manager through the National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management (NCCEM), you need work experience.

Please note: This degree now offers a subplan in Fire Science Technology that gives you a scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control while emphasizing effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Emergency Management Directors

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First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers

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Our Homeland Security and Emergency Management A.S. Degree teaches you how to:

  • Write emergency plans that meet local, state and federal guidelines
  • Communicate as a crisis advisor
  • Solve problems facing response teams
  • Plan and execute emergency operations
  • Effectively use federal, state and local mitigation programs
  • Recover from disasters
  • Provide emergency management public education

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Associate in Science

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2024 (640)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2024 (640), 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.

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program. The Associate in Science degree program allows students to not only graduate with an AS degree, but also be able to meet the entrance requirements to continue the BAS degree in Public Safety. Additional information on the PSA-BAS degree may be found here

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Grade of "C" in all Support and Major courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Florida CIP Code

1743030200 - Emergency Administration and Management

Federal CIP Code

43.0302 - Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management.

Continue your education at SPC

Our certificates in Homeland Security, Emergency Administration and Management, and Fire Officer Supervisor are part of our Associate in Science Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Our A.S. degree transfers to our Public Safety Administration bachelor's Degree.


If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of options.

Crime Scene Technology A.S. Degree