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College of Public Safety Administration

Bachelor of Applied Science

Public Safety Administration

PSA-BAS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2016 (515)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2016 (515), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Angel Bates, BAC Specialist Advising, AC, (727) 341-4419
Brian Frank, Dean, AC, (727) 341-4503

Program Summary

This program develops competencies that help students solve management problems, understand finance and budgets, fine tune strategic plans, develop and evaluate programs, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity and address internal organizational issues.

The PSA-BAS degree, along with the appropriate certifications, prepares graduates for entry-level positions in law enforcement, fire services, corrections, emergency medical services, emergency administration management, and industrial security enterprises in government and private sector agencies.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


Admission Rules

Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits in a related discipline, including 15 credits of transferable general education courses and a minimum of 9 credits in lower division public safety related classes. These include courses with pre-fixes of CCJ, CJB, CJD, CJE, CJT, DSC, EMS, and FFP

Graduation Rules

Students who have not completed an AS degree in a Public Safety Related field are required to complete 24 credits total of lower division public safety courses in addition to the bachelor level classes. These courses include the pre-fixes of CCJ, CJB, CJD, CJE, CJT, DSC, EMS, and FFP.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
If you have not completed two years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the BAS Program.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Additional General Education Courses

Enhanced World View Requirements
9
A. Communications
6
B. Humanities/Fine Arts
6
C. Mathematics
6-7
D. Natural & Physical Sciences
6
E. Social & Behavioral Sciences
3
F. Ethics
G. Computer/Information Literacy Competency (see catalog for details)

ADMISSIONS COURSES
60 credits in a related discipline with at least 15 General Education credits

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

Public Personnel Management
3
Program Planning & Evaluation
3
Foundations of Public Safety Administration
3
Community Relations Theory and Practice
3
Managing Conflict in Public Organizations
3
Public Finance
3
Grant Administration & Resource Development
3
Administrative Law
3
Public Safety Administration Capstone
3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Elective Courses (Select 6 credits)

Organizational Communication
3
Management of Information Systems
3
Applied Organizational Behavior
3
Management & Leadership Practices
3
Facilities and Property Management
3
Survey of Public Policy
3
Program Planning & Evaluation
3
Strategic and Operational Planning
3
Critical Incident Management
3

SUBPLANS
Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 9 credits):

Select ONE of the following Subplans

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Criminal Justice (CJ)

Management of Community Corrections
3
Contemporary Issues & Trends in Corrections
3
Corrections Practice & Policy
3
International Organized Crime
3
Patrol Issues in Law Enforcement Administration
3
Management of Specialized Law Enforcement Units
3
Criminal Investigations Theory and Practice
3
Political & Socio-Economic Impact of Gangs
3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Fire Science (FSE)

Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection
3
Advanced Fire Administration
3
Community Fire & Risk Reduction
3
Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection
3
Fire Prevention Organization and Management
3
Chief Officer
3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS)

Planning Methodology for Hazard Mitigation
3
Emerging Issues in Environmental Disaster Management
3
Evolution of Emergency Management
3
Critical Incident Management
3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
SUBPLAN: Cross Discipline (CD)

9
Choose 9 credits from the Subplans above
120
Total Credits