Homeland Security Sciences, Master of Science (0413)



Program Coordinator

Ivan S. Novikov, ivan.novikov@wku.edu, (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. 

Program Admission

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)

Required Courses
PHYS 506Overview of Homeland Security1
PHYS 560Introduction to Physics Applications in Homeland Security3
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 598Graduate Seminar2
PHYS 599Thesis Research / Writing6
Select 13 hours from the following: 1,213
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
Environmental Toxicology
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
Total Hours31

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.