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Online Bachelor of General Studies in Disaster Science & Emergency Management

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LSU Alexandria

The online Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Disaster Science & Emergency Management from LSU Alexandria prepares students to lead and make high-level decisions in times of crisis. Students will gain an understanding of disasters and how they occur, as well as how to manage these emergencies with an aim toward achieving the best possible outcome. This program also offers insights gained in enrichment courses in criminal justice, business, psychology, and the humanities.

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When you join LSU Online, you join a family that makes sure that your needs are met. You will have a dedicated coach assigned to you from the application process to graduation. They are here to offer support along the way so that you can focus on performance in your classes.

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LSUA's online programs provide you the opportunity to synchronously interact with instructors (in real-time) via video conferencing and other technologies in a flexible format that fits your busy schedule. These sessions also allow engagement with course content and build a community among our online students.

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Our experienced faculty members are dedicated to providing top-quality education in a convenient online format. These are the same faculty that teach the on-campus courses and are actively engaged in helping students succeed.

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Career Options

In this four-year program, students will gain valuable skills that can be applied in a wide spectrum of potential career areas, including national, state, or local governments, as well as for-profit companies and non-profit agencies, or as a private consultant to businesses.

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LSUA ranked #10 on OnlineSchoolsReport.com's list of the Top 50 Most Affordable Online Colleges.

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The Online BGS in Disaster Science and Emergency Management ranked #7 in the 2020 Most Affordable Online Programs by OnlineU.org.

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The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BGS in Disaster Science program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $291

Total cost with fees, and the maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $8,730

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $34,920

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings

General Education Courses (39 credit hours)

  • ENGL 1001: English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 1002: English Composition II | Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOL 2030: Introduction to Environmental Science | Credit Hours: 3
  • PHSC 1001: Physical Science I | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST 1061: Communication Fundamentals | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2055: American History I | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2057: American History II | Credit Hours: 3
  • FIAR 1001: Introduction to Fine Arts | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education in Social Sciences | Credit Hours: 6
  • General Education in Math | Credit Hours: 6


Foundation Courses (27 credit hours)

  • POLI 2051: American Government | Credit Hours: 3
  • POLI 2056: Louisiana Government | Credit Hours: 3
  • DSEM 2010: Introduction to Disaster Science and Emergency Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • DSEM 3200: Technology and Emergency Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • DSEM 3900: Practicum in Disaster Science and Emergency Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • DSEM 4900: Senior Seminar in Disaster Science and Emergency Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 2055: Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3055: Disasters in History | Credit Hours: 3
  • NURS 4012: Public Health Emergency Preparedness | Credit Hours: 3


Enrichment Blocks - Business (12 credit hours*)

  • BUSN 1001: Introduction to Business | Credit Hours: 3
  • MGMT 3200: Principles of Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • MGMT 4620: Human Behavior in Organizations | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMIS 1150: Personal Productivity Using IT Tools | Credit Hours: 3


Enrichment Blocks - Psychology (12 credit hours*)

  • PSYC 2000: Introduction to Psychology | Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 3001: Cultural Diversity | Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 3140: Social Psychology | Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 3075: Death, Dying, and Bereavement | Credit Hours: 3


Electives (30 credit hours*)

  • CJUS 4001: Terrorism and Homeland Security | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 1107: Introduction to Criminal Justice | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 3152: Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 3215: Juvenile Delinquency | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 3530: Corrections Within the Community | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 4018: Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 4476: Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST 2000: Intro to Mass Media | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST 2060: Public Speaking | Credit Hours: 3
  • POLI 4012: Politics and Policy of Elder Health Care | Credit Hours: 3


*Free Electives can be used to slot transfer courses or student can choose a minor in Business, Criminal Justice, English or Psychology. If a minor is chosen, enrichment blocks will be adjusted as needed.

Note: Course substitutions will be considered. There are often multiple ways to complete degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

For university acceptance, first-time freshmen must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0


Transfer students to LSUA must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • Have earned from a community college at least 12 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission requirements and be in good standing with their previous institution

Why Choose LSUA’s Online Disaster Science & Emergency Management Program through LSU Online?

  • Build your resume with a top-ranked degree
  • Students finish on average within four years
  • Connect with a global alumni network
  • Earn a diploma identical to every LSUA graduate
  • Take advantage of affordable tuition and financial aid options
  • Learn from experienced faculty

Career Opportunities

  • Disaster Recovery Manager
  • Emergency Management Program Specialist
  • Emergency Response Team Leader
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Environmental Health and Safety Manager
  • Hospital Emergency Preparedness Administrator
  • Hurricane Program Manager

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