Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness is a concentrated program within the discipline of homeland security. You will study the various weapons of mass destruction, incident command, regulatory issues, and consequence management. You'll also look at the psychological and behavioral perspectives of terrorism, along with chemical, biological, and radiological hazards. Skilled and knowledgeable individuals are needed in many organizations to combat potential terrorist threats and protect people and organizational assets.  

Program Courses

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

  • Psychology and behavior of terrorists and their organizations
  • Chemical, biological, and radiological hazards
  • Weapons of mass destruction legal, regulatory, and other issues
  • U.S. homeland security and defense
  • Private sector and port security issues and defenses

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of weapons of mass destruction without committing to a degree program. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Describe the threat posed to society by chemical, biologic, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons.
  • Name the state and non-state actors most likely to obtain weapons of mass destruction.
  • Identify the motivation, ease, and constraints on both state and non-state actors in acquiring CBRN weapons.
  • Describe countermeasures available to U.S. agencies fighting terrorism.
  • Determine the role of the federal government in disaster response.

 

 

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our 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 admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer 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

The university 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.