The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration (BSPSA) is a workforce-driven interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students for administrative and management level opportunities in the public safety sectors of law enforcement, corrections, emergency medical services and fire science. This program will develop students' interpersonal skills and abilities to thrive in an in-demand, high skill, workforce-based career. Concentrations will be offered in the areas of Criminal Justice, Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services. The core curriculum will focus on discipline-specific workforce skills related to public safety policy and law, disaster preparedness, critical infrastructure protection, emergency planning and the fundamentals of public safety management. Coursework will include real-world scenarios to simulate experiences that will occur in the field to heighten students' critical thinking and intercommunication skills to work effectively in partnership with all areas of public safety. In addition, students will cover topics related to budget, leadership and professional ethics, analytical thinking, regulations/laws and team building. The core coursework will conclude with a capstone experience in public safety administration. Graduates of this program will be prepared for employment opportunities in local, state, and federal governments, colleges and universities and in the private sector.
Criminal Justice Specialization: This specialization explores the purpose and processes of the criminal justice system as well as the local, state and federal agencies students will be working in and with as criminal justice professionals. Students will receive a broad knowledge of three primary areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, court system and corrections. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in the criminal justice system, such as law enforcement, corrections, probation, private security and other criminal justice fields. This degree is also beneficial to current criminal justice professionals who may be seeking incentive benefits or career advancement.
Emergency Medical Services Specialization: This specialization is tailored for students interested in a career in EMS leadership and management. As the field of EMS continues to grow and change, leaders and educators with a background in emergency medicine are needed to help shape the future of EMS. The curriculum is modeled on the federal Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recommended course learning outcomes. Earning a bachelor's degree with a specialization in EMS is also beneficial to current EMS professionals who may be seeking incentive benefits or career advancement.
Fire Science Specialization: This specialization is customized for students interested in higher learning in the organization and administration processes required in fire protection services. The degree path builds on fire science education to support career advancement and the development of leadership, analytical and management skills. The curriculum is modeled on the federal Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recommended course learning outcomes. Earning a bachelor's degree with a specialization in Fire Science is also beneficial to current fire service professionals who may be seeking incentive benefits or career advancement.
Applicants seeking admission to Seminole State College's bachelor's degree programs must comply with the College's General Admissions procedures. In addition, students must meet the following program-specific requirements listed below prior to being accepted into upper-division coursework:
- Completion of an associate's degree, bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution. Students who have earned a minimum 60 college credit hours from any regionally accredited institution may request to have their admission reviewed and determined by the department review committee.
- A GPA of 2.0 or higher
Program Progression Requirements:
An Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in one of the following from Seminole State College: Fire Science, Criminal Justice or Emergency Medical Services satisfies the Public Safety foundation course prerequisite requirements for the track it aligns to in the bachelor's degree program. Students with A.A. degrees will also be eligible for admission but, will be required to complete foundation courses that align with their chosen specialization track. Students with A.S. degrees from other institutions or in other fields of study will need their transcripts reviewed to determine placement. Students that have an A.S. in Fire Science, Criminal Justice or Emergency Medical Services that choose to pursue a different specialization track than what their A.S. degree is in will need to have their transcripts reviewed and prior coursework evaluated by Admissions and/or the Program Manager.
Contact Admissions at 407.708.4550 if you have additional questions about applying to the program.
Denotes that a class is a State of Florida General Education Core Course.
Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degree, first-time-in-college students
entering a Florida College System institution in the Fall 2015 term and thereafter must complete at
least one (1) course from each of the general education subject areas listed in this section. Beginning
in the 2022-23 academic year and thereafter, students entering associate in arts, associate in science
or associate in applied science, or baccalaureate degree programs must complete at least one (1) course
from each of the general education subject areas listed in this section prior to the awarding of their
degree. Please refer to this catalog's Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the
Education Core Courses.
The State of Florida requires that all students graduating from Seminole State College of Florida and
other institutions in the Florida College System (FCS), as well as from any State University System
(SUS) institution, fulfill a Civic Literacy Competency requirement prior to submitting an Intent to
Graduate form in the term they plan to graduate. Requirements vary based on admit term and program.
Please refer to this catalog’s Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the
Students enrolled in Seminole State College’s baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate foreign
language proficiency. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally
accredited institution are exempt from this requirement. Please refer to this catalog's Graduation
Requirements section for specific requirements on