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Public Agency Management

Applied Science - Emergency Services Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science

This degree attracts students who are interested in the challenges of providing emergency services in public and private settings. Management and planning techniques are addressed for preparedness in dealing with crises, liabilities, labor issues, and policy-setting. This plan features a transfer block route designed to aid community-college graduates complete a bachelor's degree in a concise time frame.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Science - Emergency Services Administration?

Are you a community college associate degree graduate or will be soon? Do you want to obtain the skills necessary for managerial positions in both private and public emergency services departments? The B.A.S. degree builds on your associate degree to give you both general management and communication knowledge as well as more specialized skills in emergency services administration. This program provides you with the education and skills to enter into, or seek promotion within, careers in government, private, or public agencies whose focus is on public service. You will take courses designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Law enforcement
  • County health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Indian Health Service

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Police officer
  • Firefighter
  • Physician
  • Psychologist

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 64 units in an associate degree transfer block (If you have been awarded an A.A.S. degree from an Arizona community college, NAU will accept up to 75 transfer units.)
  • 24 units of Specialization Requirements
  • 21 units of B.A.S. Requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • To be admitted into a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) plan, you must have an associate's degree, either completed or in progress, at a regionally accredited institution and the associate's degree must be completed prior to the awarding of the B.A.S. degree.
Major Requirements
  • B.A.S. Requirements (21 units)
    Designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, and quantitative skills.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Students transferring into this program from California may meet NAU's liberal studies requirements by completing an IGETC at a California community college. Please contact an advisor for more information.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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