Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Homeland Security Sciences, Master of Science (0413)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/physics/


Program Coordinator

Ivan S. Novikov, ivan.novikov@wku.edu, (270) 745-6197

This multidisciplinary program prepares science and technology 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.

CBRNE Concentration involves study of physical threats and applications of physics and chemistry to detect, quantify, prevent and decontaminate radiological, nuclear, biological, explosive and chemical threats.

The Cybersecurity Concentration provides real-world focused, hands-on cybersecurity training that covers in-demand skills such as cybersecurity fundamentals, Linux essentials, ethical hacking and penetration testing, network defense and countermeasures, computer forensics, and cybersecurity policy.

The EMDS concentration involves awareness and management of emergency preparation and response to natural and technological hazards, and terrorism.

  • CBRNE Defense (CBRN)
  • Cybersecurity (CYBE)
  • Emergency Management Disaster Science (EMDS)

Program Admission

For the CBRNE and EMDS Concentrations, in addition to the Graduate School requirements, admission to the program requires a Bachelor’s degree in related STEM-H field or approval of the program administrator.

For the Cybersecurity Concentration, in addition to the Graduate School requirements, admission to the program requires a Bachelor’s degree in an information-technology related area or the student must score at the satisfactory level on an information technology general aptitude assessment or complete CIT 310 and CIT 312 with a C-grade or better or equivalent.

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30 hours)

CBRNE Defense Concentration

PHYS 560Introduction to Physics Applications in Homeland Security3
CIT 550Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity3
EMDS 500Emergency Management Policy and Practices3
CHEM 560Chemical Agents and Explosives3
PHYS 599Thesis Research / Writing6
Electives 1
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Overview of Homeland Security
Optical Detection Methods of Biological and Chemical Agents
Nuclear / Radiological Detection and Remediation
and Nuclear / Radiological Detection and Remediation Laboratory
Physical Principles of CBE Detection and Remediation
and Physics CBE Detection and Remediation Laboratory
Graduate Seminar
Detection/Analysis of Chemical Agents and Explosives Lecture
and Detection/Analysis of Chemical Agents and Explosives Laboratory
Principles of Environmental Health
Air Quality Management
Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Environmental Toxicology
Solid and Hazardous Wastes
Public Health Management of Disasters
GIS Analysis and Modeling
Total Hours30

Cybersecurity Concentration

PHYS 560Introduction to Physics Applications in Homeland Security3
CIT 550Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity3
EMDS 500Emergency Management Policy and Practices3
CHEM 560Chemical Agents and Explosives3
CIT 552Cybersecurity Fundamentals3
CIT 554Operating Systems for Cybersecurity3
CIT 556Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing3
CIT 558Cybersecurity Defense & Countermeasures3
CIT 560Incident Response & Digital Forensics3
CIT 562Cybersecurity Programs and Policies3
Total Hours30

Emergency Management Disaster Science (EMDS) Concentration

PHYS 560Introduction to Physics Applications in Homeland Security3
CIT 550Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity3
EMDS 500Emergency Management Policy and Practices3
CHEM 560Chemical Agents and Explosives3
EMDS 501Understanding Natural and Technological Disaster Risks3
EMDS 502Terrorism, Violence, Resiliency, and Response3
EMDS 503Advanced Disaster Planning, Management, and Preparedness3
Electives 1
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Trends in Disaster Preparedness and Management
Continuity of Operations Programs
Critical Infrastructure Assessment and Protection
Incident Meteorology for Safety Professionals
Recreation and Sport Facility Development
Facility and Event Security Management
Applied Methods in Public Health Practice/Field Epidemiology
Total Hours30