Homeland Security Sciences, Master of Science (0413)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/physics/
Ivan S. Novikov, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-6197
This multidisciplinary program prepares science professionals for careers in the Homeland Security area. The program features hands-on research components to enable students to apply their training to real-world problems. The physical threats area involves the study of applications of physics, biology and chemistry to detect, quantify, prevent and decontaminate radiological, nuclear, biological, explosive and chemical threats. The cyber defense are involves the study of prevention, detection, and remediation of attacks on information systems.
In addition to the Graduate School requirements, admission to the program requires a Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or physics.
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (31 hours)
|PHYS 506||Overview of Homeland Security||1|
|PHYS 560||Introduction to Physics Applications in Homeland Security||3|
|Select 6 hours from two of the following areas:||6|
|Nuclear / Radiological Detection and Remediation|
and Nuclear / Radiological Detection and Remediation Laboratory
|Chemical Agents and Explosives|
|Detection/Analysis of Chemical Agents and Explosives Lecture|
and Detection/Analysis of Chemical Agents and Explosives Laboratory
|Principles of Environmental Health|
|Public Health Management of Disasters|
|PHYS 598||Graduate Seminar||2|
|PHYS 599||Thesis Research / Writing||6|
|Select 13 hours from the following: 1,2||13|
|Physical Principles of CBE Detection and Remediation|
and Physics CBE Detection and Remediation Laboratory
|Introduction to Biological Applications in Homeland Security|
|Biological Applications in Homeland Security I|
and Laboratory: Biological Applications in Homeland Security I
|Laboratory: Biological Applications in Homeland Security II|
|Air Quality Management|
|Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology|
|Solid and Hazardous Wastes|
|GIS Analysis and Modeling|
|Students may select elective courses offered at Eastern Kentucky University including:|
HLS 800 Homeland Security Policy Analyst
HLS 810 Critical Infrastructure Protection
HLS 820 Intelligence for Homeland Security
HLS 830 Hazards and Threats to Homeland Security
The student majoring in homeland security science must complete, in addition to this core and a thesis, a minimum of 13 semester hours of selected graduate division courses. The selection is determined by the student's specialized area of study, subject to approval by the student's departmental advisor.
Students are strongly encouraged to utilize elective courses from other Kentucky colleges and universities such as graduate courses from Eastern Kentucky University’s Safety, Security & Emergency Management program. Any course, other than these EKU courses, must receive approval from the graduate director of the program before being considered as an elective.