Emergency Management/Homeland Security

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online
Program Level: Degrees, Online
Department: First Responders Academy
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC

What is the Emergency Management/Homeland Security Program?

This program prepares you for a career in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. It also updates and broadens the skills of those already in an emergency response profession.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn about homeland security intelligence operations, disaster planning and response, risk management and prioritization, multi-agency coordination, hazardous materials, terrorism studies and weapons of mass destruction. You’ll develop an understanding of how local, state and federal governments, public service organizations and industries prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from disasters and security threats, while gaining real-world decision-making and problem-solving skills.

What can I do with this course of study?

You’ll be prepared to continue your education in this field at a four-year university or pursue entry-level employment opportunities with municipalities, law enforcement agencies, emergency management agencies, private security firms or private businesses. This program is the foundation for careers requiring additional training and education, such as intelligence analyst, cybersecurity professional or positions within organizations like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

What’s special about the program?

San Antonio College is the first college in Texas to offer an AAS Degree in Emergency Management. You can complete this degree program fully online. From combating terrorism to disaster preparedness, the demand for individuals with training in emergency management and homeland security is growing.

Degrees and Certificates

Courses Offered by Semester

Fall Semester

HMSY 1337 Intro. to Homeland Security

HMSY 1341 Critical Insfrastructure

HMSY 1338 HS Emergency Communications

HMSY 1340 HS Intelligence Operations

Spring Semester

HMSY 1343 Weapons of Mass Destruction

HMSY 1342 Understand/Combat Terrorism

HMSY 1339 Emergency Contingency Planning

HMSY 1337 Intro. to Homeland Security

Summer Semester

EMAP 1440 Disaster Exercise Design/Eval

EMAP 2301 Leadership/Communication

FIRT 1315 Hazardous Materials I


Program's Instructors

Martin D. Davila, Faculty

Pauline Kline, Adjunct Faculty

Tuition Exemption

Submission of Tuition Exemption - Summer 2024 - Start: February 1, 2024 - Deadline: April 25, 2024

Submit the following for tuition exemption to sac-firescience@alamo.edu
  1. Employment verification letter signed and on departmental letterhead.
    1. Not older than two weeks.
  2. Tuition Exemption Form completed
    1. Tuition Exemption Form Click Here
    2. Only fill-out highlighted areas.
  3. Attach a color copy of...
    1. Driver's License
    2. TCFP FIDO Account Number
  4. Proof of Enrollment
    1. Class Schedule
    2. Degree plan with the enrolled courses highlighted.
  5. Submit all documentation as one file (preferably a PDF document) to sac-firescience@alamo.edu
  6. EMAIL Subject line should read: "Tuition Exemption Fall, Spring or Summer with Year" so that we can process immediately.

NOTE: Tuition Exemption Forms must be completed every semester. All tuition exemptions will be processed and forwarded to Business Office.


Operational Announcements

First Responders Academy Main Office - Summer Office Schedule

Monday - Remote Work
Tuesday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday - Campus Closed

Alamo Colleges Academic/Registration Calendars

Contact Us

Pauline Kline
Program Coordinator
Nursing and Allied Health Complex (NAHC), Rm. 105
(210) 486-1699

Frank Poyner
Director of First Responders Academy
(210) 486-0086

First Responders Academy - Main Office
NAHC, Rm. 105
(210) 486-1692