UNM Los Alamos

AAS Public Safety

AAS Public Safety

About the Program

The Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety with Concentrations in Police Science, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security is a specialized degree program designed to build a workforce that is customized to the expected needs of Police departments, Emergency Management groups, and Homeland Security departments in Northern New Mexico and beyond. The program will provide training and formal education for those entering the areas of Police operations, Emergency Management operations, and Homeland Security operations.  

The student must earn a minimum of 60 credit hours with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher; the student must earn a minimum grade of C (not C-) in each Technical course. At least 15 of these 60 hours must be earned in residence.

General Education Requirements (19 credit hours)

WRITING AND SPEAKING (6 CREDIT HOURS)

  • ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition (3)

or

  • ENGL 112: Composition II (3)

or

  • ENGL 113 Enhanced Composition (3)

and

  • CJ 130: Public Speaking (3)

MATHEMATICS (3-4 CREDIT HOURS)

  • MATH 121: College Algebra (3) AND MATH 107: Problems in College Algebra (1)

or

  • STAT 145: Introduction to Statistics (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (3)

and

  • PSY 105: General Psychology (3)

Physical and Natural Science (4 credit hours)

  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-majors (3)

and 

  • BIOL 124L Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-majors Lab (1)

or

  • CHEM 111: Elements of General Chemistry (4)* Chemistry is required for the Emergency Management Concentration

COMPUTER SCIENCE OR COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY (3-4 CREDIT HOURS)

  • CS 150L: Computing for Business Students (3)

or

  • CT 102: Introduction to Microcomputers on the PC (4)

Technical core courses common to all concentrations (11 credit hours)

  • PBST 101: Introduction to Homeland Security (3)
  • PBST 102: Principals of Emergency Management (3)
  • PBST 105: Incident Command (3)
  • PENP 193 Topics: Physical Education for Public Safety Employees (2)

Technical courses required for each concentration (15 credit hours for each concentration)

POLICE SCIENCE CONCENTRATION (15 CREDIT HOURS)

  • CRJS 210 Police and Society (3)
  • PBST 119: Traffic Accident Investigation (3)
  • CRJS 201: Criminal Law I
  • CRJS 221: Criminal Investigation (3)
  • PBST 204: Constitutional Law for Public Safety Personnel (3)

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION (15 CREDIT HOURS)

  • PBST 120: Emergency Management Planning (3)
  • PBST 121: Introduction to Security (3)
  • CJ 101L: Introduction to Communication (3)
  • PBST 220: Exercise Design and Evaluation (3)
  • PBST 221: Developing Volunteers (3)

HOMELAND SECURITY CONCENTRATION (15 CREDIT HOURS)

  • PBST 106: Terrorism and public safety (3)
  • PBST 131: Transportation Security (3)
  • PBST 230: Intelligence Analysis & Security Management (3)
  • PBST 204: Constitutional Law for Public Safety Personnel (3)
  • PBST 232: Homeland Security Risk, Threats, and Consequences (3)

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (12 CREDIT HOURS)

Choose 4 not already used for your degree. Please consult with your concentration advisor to determine which courses are most appropriate

  • PSY 271 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 205: Crime, Public Policy and the Criminal Justice system (3)
  • ENTC 204L: HAZWOPR Training (3)
  • IT 193: Topics in Cybersecurity (3)
  • PHIL 245: Professional Ethics (3)
  • PBST 106: Terrorism and public safety (3)
  • PBST 107: Social Impacts of Disaster (3)
  • PBST 108: National Infrastructure Protection/Critical Infrastructure Protection (3)
  • PBST 109: Public Safety Interview and Report Writing (3)
  • PBST 110: Basic Police Operations (3)
  • PBST 193: Topics in Public Safety (1-3) May be repeated for credit up to 6 credit hours
  • CRJS 260: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency(3)

TOTAL REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE: 60 CREDIT HOURS