Behavioral Science Major: Emergency Management Strategy and Planning Option (A.S.)

The Associate in Science in Behavioral Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human behavior within a global world view. Foundation courses at an associate level introduce behavioral science students to the biological, psychological, social, and cultural variables of human behavior. This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to the B.S. in Applied Psychology, Health & Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice. Emergency management strategy and planning involves multidimensional efforts to reduce our vulnerability to natural and human-caused disasters, to diminish the impact of disasters, and to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. This option introduces students to emergency management approaches in order to develop skills and knowledge relating to emergency management strategy and policy development.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 60 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major and General Education areas.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
Total Credits32

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major and Option coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major/Option and General Education areas.

Major in Behavioral Science
PSY 410Introduction to Psychology4
PSY 525Human Development4
SOCI 410Introduction to Sociology4
Option in Emergency Management Strategy and Planning
BEHS 445Homeland Security and Emergency Management4
BEHS 510National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)4
BEHS 610Community Emergency Response4
Total Credits24


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, concentration or minor. Students will need 60 credits total to graduate with an associate degree.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
PSY 410 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOCI 410 Introduction to Sociology 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
Select one of the following: 4
Math for Our World  
PSY 525 Human Development 4
General Education Course 4
Second Year
BEHS 445 Homeland Security and Emergency Management 4
BEHS 510 National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 4
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
General Education Course 4
BEHS 610 Community Emergency Response 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Total Credits60
  • Attain proficiency in the basic concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry in behavioral sciences, specifically, in critical infrastructure protection, regional and national security intelligence, and land and maritime border protection within the field of emergency management.
  • Evaluate ethical principles of the behavioral sciences, specifically within human behavior, systems, intelligence analysis, and the use of new technologies in emergency management.
  • Prepare for seamless transition to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, Health & Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice.