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Homeland Security Management - Transportation and Border Security (A.A.S.)

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Official Title of Major: Homeland Security Management - Transportation and Border Security, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute

Purpose: In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Office of Homeland Security was created to strategically coordinate government agencies in order to better forecast, prevent, and defend against future terrorist threats. Six key operational areas are now the focus of Homeland Security: intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, domestic counterterrorism, protecting critical infrastructure, defending against catastrophic threats, and emergency preparedness and response.

The Transportation and Border Security area of concentration provides students with concepts and practices in local, state, federal and international law enforcement specifically related to securing and defending land and water boundaries in the U.S. against terrorist and criminal activities and other natural disasters.

Range of Occupations

  • Port Security personnel
  • Transportation Security Administration officers
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

Statewide Tuition Reduction Program

This program of study is designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (refer to the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Statewide Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

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General Education Requirements: 24 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 3 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Technology Requirement  3 credit hours 

CTP 103  is recommended. This requirement may also be satisfied by CLEP   exam. See General Education Technology Requirements  for list of additional approved courses.

Wellness Requirement   3 credit hours

EMT 104 - Emergency Medical Care, CPR & AED   3 credit hours 


HEA 150 - Advanced First Aid, CPR and AED   3 credit hours

These courses meet the General Education Wellness Requirement.

Area of Concentration Requirements: 18 credits

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111 . 

Technology Requirement

Students must satisfy the Technology Requirement. Can be satisfied by CTP 103  (recommended) or by CLEP exam.

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by EMT 104 or HEA 150 .

Fast Track

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate between ethical and unethical actions regarding homeland security practices.

2. Demonstrate effective verbal communications skills.

3. Identify ethnic, cultural, national, religious, and political ideologies.

4. Examine and interpret forensic evidence to reconstruct terrorist events. 

5. Outline the myriad weapons of mass destruction/disruption, as well as critical land and water vulnerabilities. 

6. Develop strategies to generate intelligence.

7. Apply key principles in border control and transportation security to solve problems related to homeland security.

8. Write clear, concise, and accurate reports.

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

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