Emergency Management Planning and Administration (9670)

The magnitude of natural disasters, terrorist incidents, and other major emergencies has increased the public awareness of the importance of effective emergency management. Rapid growth and complexity in this field have created a critical need for a new degree option for those involved in this important career area.

The Emergency Management Planning and Administration program is a comprehensive all-hazards program with a goal of reducing the public vulnerability to disasters and other major events. The program is designed to address the four major umbrella areas of emergency management, which are mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.

All core emergency management courses are scheduled for online delivery, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students living a distance from Lakeland may take the emergency management courses online, complete other courses such as English and social science at a college closer to home, and still receive their Emergency Management degree from Lakeland Community College.

The intended audience for the core/major courses includes the following:

  • County and state emergency management agency administrators and their staff
  • State, county, and local administrators with emergency planning responsibilities
  • American Red Cross and other community agency administrators, staff, and volunteers
  • Emergency management personnel employed in business, industry, and public utilities
  • Building, planning, engineering, zoning, and floodplain management professionals
  • Environmental and public health officials and their staff
  • Transportation department and public works personnel
  • Active and reserve military personnel involved in emergency management
  • Other public safety personnel with emergency management planning responsibilities
  • Environmental, natural resources, and forestry professionals
  • Risk management professionals and healthcare professionals with emergency management responsibilities.
  • Pre-service students who aspire to become an emergency management professional.

For details call the program director at 440.525.7252.

A certificate is also available.

NOTE: Many Emergency Management (EMGT) courses are scheduled on an alternating basis, therefore, not all EMGT courses are offered every academic year. Contact the Counseling and Advising Center or program director for scheduling details and advice.

Distance learning students should consult an academic counselor regarding possible course substitutions for CHEM 1050 Chemistry in the Everyday World and PHOT 1100 Basic Photography/PHOT 1105 Basic Photography - Digital.

NOTE: Students planning to transfer to a four-year college are encouraged to take ENGL 1120 English Composition II in addition to or as part of the following requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1050
Chemistry in the Everyday World
or Introduction to Meteorology
EMGT 1000 Introduction to Emergency Management 3
EMGT 1120 Emergency Management Administration and Policy 2
EMGT 1140 Incident Command System 2
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 1
or English Composition I (B)
FYEX 1000 First Year Experience 1
Select any course(s) from the Mathematics Electives list 2 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
EMGT 1220 Emergency Planning 2
EMGT 1240 Developing Volunteer Resources 2
EMGT 1260 Mitigation for Emergency Managers 2
EMGT 1280 Emergency Operations Center Management and Operation 2
POLS 2100 State and Local Government 3
Select course(s) from the Natural and Physical Science Electives list 2 3
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
COMM 1050
Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communications
EMGT 1350 Public Sector Community Relations and Customer Service 2
EMGT 2160 Exercise Design and Evaluation 3
EMGT 2210 Public Sector Supervision and Leadership 2
EMGT 2380 Continuity of Operations 2
Select course(s) from the Social and Behavioral Science Electives list 3
Select course(s) from the Technical Electives list 3
 Credit Hours17
Fourth Semester
EMGT 2340 Hazardous Materials Operations and Command 3
EMGT 2390
Emergency Management Field Service Seminar
or Emergency Management Problem Analysis
EMGT 2360 Disaster Response and Recovery 3
Select one of the following: 3
Basic Photography
Basic Photography - Digital
Course(s) from the Arts and Humanities Electives List
Select course(s) from general electives 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours62

English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the degree).


Students planning to transfer to a four-year college should take a sequence of math and/or science as advised by their counselor.


Students may substitute either COMM 1000 Effective Public Speaking or COMM 1100 Effective Interpersonal Communications. One of these 3 credit courses may be required for students transferring to a four-year college.

Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.


Course Title Credit Hours
Technical Electives
BUSM 1800Essentials of Management and Supervision 3
BUSM 2350Labor-Management Relations 3
BUSM 2380Training Skills and Techniques 3
CRMJ 1110Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
EMGT 1700Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts 1
EMGT 1800Emergency Management Guided Study 1
FIRE 1100Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services 3
FIRE 1170Fire Protection and Detection Systems 2
FIRE 1290Building Construction for Fire and Life Safety 3
FIRE 2330Combustion Processes and Fire Behavior 2
FIRE 2380Emergency Services Safety and Survival 2
PHOT 2100Forensic Photography 3
PHOT 2200Surveillance Photography 2
MATH 1330Statistics for the Health Sciences3
MATH 1600Survey of College Mathematics3
MATH 1650College Algebra (A)4
MATH 2130Business Statistics4
PHIL 2600Logic3
Other courses as approved in advance by the program director
Natural and Physical Science
CHEM 1050Chemistry in the Everyday World3
CHEM 1100Elementary Chemistry I: Intro to Inorganic Chemistry4
GEOL 1100Introduction to Physical Geology4
GEOL 1200Introductory Historical Geology4
PHYS 1500Astronomy4
PSCI 1300Earth Science3
PSCI 1400Introduction to Meteorology3
Other courses as approved in advance by the program director
Arts and Humanities
ARTS 1120Art Appreciation3
ARTS 2220Survey of Art I3
ARTS 2230Survey of Art II3
ENGL 2250Survey of American Literature I3
ENGL 2260Survey of American Literature II3
ENGL 2280Survey of British Literature I3
ENGL 2290Survey of British Literature II3
HUMX 1100Introduction to Humanities3
MUSC 1200Music Appreciation3
MUSC 1215World Music3
MUSC 1800Popular Music: Rock, Jazz, Country, and Hip-Hop3
MUSC 2200Music History and Literature I3
MUSC 2250Music History and Literature II3
PHIL 1500Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2000Comparative Religion3
PHOT 1000History of Photography3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ANTH 1160Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 1150Basic Economics3
ECON 2500Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2600Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 1500Introduction to Geography3
GEOG 1600World Regional Geography3
HIST 1150Western Civilization I: Antiquity Through the Reformation3
HIST 1250Western Civilization II: Age of Revolution Through the Present3
HIST 2150U.S. History: Colonization Through Reconstruction3
HIST 2250U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present3
POLS 1300U.S. National Government3
POLS 2500Modern Political Ideologies3
PSYC 1500Introduction to Psychology3
SOCY 1150Principles of Sociology3