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M.S. in Science for Disaster Response

The Master of Science in Science for Disaster Response (SDR) degree program is designed to provide military, federal, and civilian emergency first responders with intensive education in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) principles and in detecting, identifying, and safely handling CBRN agents or their precursors.

This degree program responds to a national need for counterterrorism training, and it meets the national mandate to improve the educational levels of emergency first responders. For emergency first responders, the degree program increases their knowledge, skills, and abilities with respect to emergency response; provides an opportunity for earning university credits tied to past education and training; and improves their employment and/or advancement prospects to work in a chemical surety or biological safety laboratory. The degree gives emergency first responders more credibility, and it reduces the risk to emergency first responders by improving their abilities to respond to CBRN incidents.

I. Core Courses (18 cr.)

SDR 600* Effects of Biological Materials Use 5 cr.

SDR 601* Advanced Characterization Theory and Practical Applications Using GC/MS, FT-IR, and Organic Chemistry 5 cr.

SDR 602* Short- and Long-Term Effects of Radiological Materials Use 2 cr.

SDR 603 Advanced Field Experience in Disaster Response 6 cr.

II. Electives (14 cr.)

CHEM 630* Organic Chemistry 3 cr.

SAFE 562** Radiological Health 3 cr.

SAFE 673** Disaster Preparedness 3 cr.

SDR 586* Selected Topics in SDR 1-6 cr.

SDR 610* Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology for Disaster Response 5 cr.

Total 32 cr.

*May be delivered during an intensive on-campus residency period

**Available on line

  • Science for Disaster Response Program
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 231
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1076
  • Phone: (724) 357-4482
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.