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Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management (EPSEM)

The Environmental Protection, Safety, and Emergency Management Department consist of two programs; Marine Safety and Environmental and Emergency Management. Since environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major.


Marine Safety  and Environmental Protection (MSEP)
The Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program takes Environmental Science to another level.  MSEP prepares students for a wide range of rewarding government, non-profit and private sector careers in the fields of environmental protection, environmental management, and marine and industrial health and safety. The program’s breadth of practical coursework and experience ensures, as an MSEP graduate, you‘ll successfully transition from college to a career track job in the field of environmental health and safety.  An amazingly diverse array of career opportunities exist due to global challenges such as climate change, diminishing natural resources, environmental degradation, increasing demands for energy, green and sustainable development, booming population and economic growth in developing countries, and pressing worldwide needs for environmental protection and industrial health and safety.

Emergency Management (EM)
The Emergency Management program’s educational coursework has been developed for each of three key concepts; hazard, risk, and disaster. The program component for hazard and risk (risk management) consists of a framework that explores four states in assessment and management, including Risk Assessment, Control Analysis, Strategy Section and Implementation and Evaluation. In the case of disaster, the students study the different temporal stages in a disaster cycle, including; Mitigation or Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. The program’s depth and range of practical coursework and experience, provides an EM graduate, the skills for a smooth transition from college to a profession in the emergency management field.


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