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Foundations of Homeland Security

Undergraduate Certificate

Only transportation security officers with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may enroll in this program. The Foundations of Homeland Security undergraduate certificate is designed to provide broad knowledge of homeland security threats and to enrich knowledge previously gained in the university’s Airport Transportation Security undergraduate learning track. Topics include homeland security, emergency and disaster management, and intelligence analysis, with a focus on threats you may encounter during the course of your career as a TSA employee.

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students working for the TSA who want to expand their knowledge of homeland security without committing to a degree program.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online undergraduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Homeland security and national and international terrorist acts
  • Intelligence analysis and security management
  • Transportation and border security
  • Emergency planning
  • Emergency and disaster incident command
  • Terrorist psychology and behavior
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazards

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • List the essential characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism.
  • Describe how the intelligence cycle relates to threats facing the United States.
  • Explain modern transportation and border security challenges.
  • Describe emergency operations center operations.
  • Compare the psychological and behavioral aspects of terrorism.
  • Explain the history of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons development and use.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • You may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment before registering for courses. Learn more.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.