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Students in the Homeland Security/Public Safety will receive hands-on training and direct contact with potential employers, including fire departments, EMS agencies, hospitals and emergency government officials.  This program has been carefully designed with input from employers who know the demand of emergency management.

Students will have the opportunity to choose electives that focus on Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Science and Public Administration.  Through labs and training, students will get the opportunity to work with fire apparatuses, learn about US Government homeland security agencies and a variety of other hands-on activities.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Prepares students to work as first responders, firefighters, military personnel, corrections and law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, as well as corporate and government workers.

Environmental Health and Safety: Prepares students to work in state and local agencies, waste water facilities, private companies and labs where personnel often test samples in lab environments, monitor air and water quality and advise on nature conservation strategies, site management, species protection, development, and pest control.

Fire Science: Prepares students to work in public and industrial fire departments and at airports and fire protection agencies where personnel often respond to and extinguish fires, operate emergency equipment and investigate fires.

Public Administration: Prepares students to work in local, city and state government agencies in support of city managers or other public administrators.

Our Graduates

Graduates of the Homeland Security/Public Safety program are currently entering the workforce very quickly in a variety of jobs including Firefighters, Environmental Safety Specialists, Public Safety Specialists, Corrections Officers and Law Enforcement Professionals.  Many of our graduates have also transferred to four-year institutions to continue on to a bachelor’s degree. 

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees above. A summary of our offerings is below.


(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Fire Fighter
(19.5 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Fire Prevention and Investigation
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Fire Service Administration
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Hazardous Materials
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Homeland Security
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Public Safety
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Technical Certificates

Technical Certificate
(31 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Transfer Degrees

Associate of Science
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Program Outcomes

Program Locations

Homeland Security/Public Safety programs are offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.