Homeland Security and Emergency Management Academy


Junior and senior-level academy courses are taught at the ARL


The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Academy outlines the essential characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism and the roles, functions of, and interdependency between local, federal and international law enforcement, intelligence and military agencies. Students will learn how effective strategies are developed to generate information necessary for intelligence and law enforcement organizations to make timely, effective and efficient decisions for homeland security policies and operations. The curriculum will focus on examining the global and national issues and policies concerning terrorism and homeland security and how different technologies are employed for general and critical legal research, writing and case management. Additionally, students will demonstrate proficiency in communication, problem solving, and team building skills and explore career opportunities in the areas of homeland security.

Recommended Electives

Students would benefit from taking at least two years or more of World Languages.

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.

  • Complete senior level coursework through a capstone project and take the Spatial Technology and Remote Sensing (S.T.A.R.S.) certification exam.

  • Practice making responsible decisions to be better prepared for security clearance and background checks required in homeland security career fields.


Shaded areas designate completer coursework.

  • Foundations of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 821M (11th, 1 period)

  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing 822M (11th, 2 periods)

  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing 823M (12th, 2 periods)

  • Geospatial Applications Worksite Experience 824M (12th, 1 period)

Industry Certification

Upon successful completion of all geographic information systems and remote sensing coursework students take the Spatial Technician and Remote Sensing (S.T.A.R.S.) exam to earn an Entry-level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician certification.

College Credit

Students who successfully complete the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Academy program sequence with a grade of B or higher in academy courses may be eligible for credits at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

Sample Career Options

< 4-year Degree

  • GIS Technician

  • Surveying and Mapping Technician

  • Computer Support Specialist

  • Database Administrator

4-year Degree

  • Emergency Management Technician

  • Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Manager

  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst

  • Computer Information Systems Manager

> 4-year Degree

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Security Analyst