Hazards & Emergency Management Certificate

As extreme events increase at all scales due to population growth in hazardous areas, the rise of terrorism and climate-change, there's a growing need for highly-trained people to address issues in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Utah is essentially a real-world hazards lab and home to many environmental hazards including extreme weather, avalanches, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, landslides, and hazardous materials releases. To address this need the Department created an undergraduate Certificate in Hazards & Emergency Management. The hazards tradition in Geography began with Merrill Ridd's class on Wasatch Hazards in the late 1970s, and Fred May ran a very successful FEMA-approved certificate program in the 1990s as Director of the Center for Natural & Technological Hazards. This new certificate will continue this tradition. The proposed program will provide students with cutting-edge knowledge about hazards, emergency management, and geospatial technologies. By earning the certificate, students will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of environmental hazards and how to reduce their impact
  • Understand the principles of emergency management
  • Develop skills in applying geospatial technologies to managing emergencies
  • Learn about the emergency management phases: mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery
  • Learn about approaches to dealing with terrorism and preserving homeland security

The certificate blends interdisciplinary coursework on various threats with those associated with management, decision making, and human response in emergencies. This certificate would be valuable to a wide range of career options including, but not limited to:

  • Emergency managers who work in city, county, state, and federal government;
  • Emergency managers who work in the private and non-profit sectors;
  • Natural, technological, and social hazards researchers, planner, and policy-makers;
  • Individuals in any field who want to improve their understanding of enviromental threats and how to reduce their toll.

 

Program Curriculum

All Program Courses
All courses for the certificate must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C or better

Required

  • GEO 1000 Natural Disasters 3
    or
    GEOG 3310 Introduction to Natural Hazards 3
  • GEOG 3320 Geography of Terrorism & Security 3
  • GEOG 3340 Geography of Disasters & Emergency Mgt 3

Sub-Total9

Substantive Electives (select 2)

  • ATMOS 1010 Severe and Unusual Weather 3
  • FCS 3620 Environment and Behavior 3
  • GEO 1030 Earthquakes and Volcanoes 3
  • GEO 5170 GeoHazards & Engineering Geomorphology 3
  • GEOG 5215 Climate Change Impacts 3
  • GEOG 5230 Pyrogeography 3
  • HEDU 2720 Emergency Medical Response 3
  • PSY 3171 Human Factors 3
  • POLS 5965 Crisis Management 3
  • SOC 3569 Terrorism, Violence and Aggression 3

Sub-Total6

Technical Electives (select 1)

  • GEOG 3140 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 4 **
  • GEOG 3110 Earth from Space: Remote Sensing of the Environment 3

Sub-Total (minimum) 3-4

Certificate Total 18-19 credits

 

 Model Schedule

The core courses are offered so that the sequence can be completed in 3 semesters (fall, spring, fall sequence). Electives may be taken throughout the sequence, however we advise that they be taken after the initial core course has been completed.

Semester 1

Fall (one core course)

  • GEOG 3310 Introduction to Natural Hazards
    or
    GEO 1000 Natural Disasters

Semester 2 

Spring (two core courses)

  • GEOG 3340 Geography of Disasters & Emergency Management
  • GEOG 3320 Geography of Terrorism & Homeland Security

Semester 3 

Fall (three electives)

  • XXXX Elective 1
  • XXXX Elective 2
  • XXXX Elective 3

 

Students that declare a certificate with the Geography Advisor should be aware that the certificate will NOT show up on their CIS page with their other degree declarations.  If you have questions about whether you have declared your certificate with the Geography Department or not, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

** GEOG 3140 & 3040 are soon to be discontinued. If you are majoring or minoring in Geography or getting another certificate in Applied GIS through the Geography Dept and have already taken GEOG 3140: Intro to GIS or plan on taking GEOG 3140 in Summer 2017, you MUST take GEOG 3040: Principles of Cartography this Fall 2017 semester!  A new course will be created to reflect the consolidation of curriculum between GEOG 3140 and GEOG 3040 after Fall 2017 and it will be worth 5 credit hours.  Meaning, GEOG 3140 will also be discontinued after Fall 2017 and the new course will count for both GEOG 3140 AND GEOG 3040!  More information to come on the new course. 

 

Students are responsible for filling out the Certificate Completion Form in the semester before graduation (or, if a non-matriculated student, the semester currently completing certificate coursework).  The Completion Form can be picked up and must be mailed or turned in by students to the Geography Main Office:

Certificate Completions

University of Utah, Department of Geography

332 South 1400 East

BLDG 73, Rm. 217

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

 

The Certificate is mailed to the address shown on the student's CIS page.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure the mailing address on their CIS page is correct.  It can take up to 90 days after grades are posted for the certificate to be mailed to the student.  The certificate is mailed from the Graduation Division at the University of Utah.