B.A.S. Emergency Services Administration

We designed the B.A.S. degree with areas of specialization in emergency services administration for students with an associate degree from a regionally accredited community college who seek entry to or promotion within public agencies in these areas.


To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check NAU's Course Catalog to find out. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Also  be aware that at least 36 units of the courses you take at NAU must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above), and you must meet all residency and other upper-division requirements as specified in this catalog.  (Be aware that some B.A.S. specializations require more than the minimum of 36 units of upper-division courses.)


In addition, be aware that you must complete your associate degree before NAU can award the B.A.S. degree. Additionally, some departments may require that you complete your associate degree before entering a B.A.S. plan; see the specific plan to find out.


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.

Associate Degree Transfer Block

To be admitted to this B.A.S. degree plan, you must have a pre-approved associate degree either completed or in progress at a regionally accredited institution.


We accept a maximum block transfer of 64 units from your associate degree program, and you then take the remaining 56 units at NAU to complete 120 units. (Please note that if you complete all required core, specialization, and liberal studies requirements in less than 56 units, you may take the remaining units from any courses offered by NAU.)


You may also need to meet specific departmental requirements and/or make up specific deficiencies before NAU can award your B.A.S. degree.

Liberal Studies Completion Requirement

NAU requires that you complete 35 units of liberal studies coursework, as we describe in NAU's Academic Plans section of this catalog.  To enter this B.A.S. degree plan without deficiencies, you must have completed, as part of your associate degree, at least 16-20 units of liberal studies coursework that transfer to NAU. These courses must include composition, mathematics, and a lab science as well as 6 units of additional liberal studies coursework.


You select the remaining 15-19 units of liberal studies courses in consultation with a B.A.S. advisor to help you meet your personal goals and ensure that these courses contribute to a coherent overall curriculum.


Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. core requirement; you may also include courses with the course prefixes used in your specialization to satisfy liberal studies requirements, although you canít use the specific courses from your specialization.

B.A.S. Core Requirements

You take the following 21 units, which are designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills:

one course from BME 420,  CCJ 345W,  ENG 305W,  and SC 314, 315, 424, 472, 475, 477 (3 units)

one course from BME 480; CCJ 331, 333; HA 345; HS 410; MGT 303; PAS/POS 325, 326, 327, or 421C; PAS 401 or PAS 408C; POS 344, 359 or 428; and SOC 334 or 431 (3 units)

one course from BME 310; SHP 300W; CCJ 315, 325, 380, or 450C; HUM 345W, 371, or 373; PAS 411; PHI 332W;  or SOC 301, 333, 339, or 441 (3 units)

one course from BIO 301 and 302; CIS 360; CCJ 355; ECI 497C; ESE 380; HS 333; MAT 114; PAS 355, 356; POS 303; SOC 365

Please note that at least 18 units in the core must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.


Also note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a B.A.S. core and a liberal studies requirement.  Some departments may require specific courses to be taken in the B.A.S. core.

Emergency Services Administration Requirements:

You take the following 21 units:

Please note that for this Specialization from the BAS Core you must take:

You may not use a specific course from your specialization to satisfy a liberal studies requirement, although you may use other courses with the course prefixes used in your specialization.

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required if you have met the previously described requirements and 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 werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)