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Public Safety Bachelor of Applied Science

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety at Aims

Are you looking to advance your career in public safety? If you work in EMS, fire science, law enforcement or emergency management, earning a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration can broaden your skills and prepare you for new professional challenges. Many municipalities and public safety departments now require a bachelor’s degree or higher when offering promotions to upper-level positions such as chief or division manager.

The Aims bachelor’s degree in public safety program is ideal for established professionals who have already earned an associate degree in a public safety discipline, such as EMS, fire science or law enforcement. If you have an associate degree in one of these areas, you’re already halfway toward earning this bachelor’s degree.

If you’re a new student entering college for the first time, Aims offers various public-safety-related associate degree programs on the Windsor Campus, including:

Once you’ve earned your associate degree, you can go on to earn your bachelor’s degree in public safety. 

If you have questions about the program, email public.safety.bas@aims.edu.

In the Aims public safety degree program, you’ll study subjects to help you become a leader in your field, including community risk reduction, public policy and personnel management.

The Aims public safety bachelor’s degree program has the lowest tuition cost for a comparable degree in Colorado. This degree program helps you develop public safety leadership skills with a curriculum created and taught by local and national experts in the field. Designed with busy professionals in mind, classes are taught online and many of the courses are eight weeks long, allowing you to manage your coursework in addition to your other responsibilities.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Public Safety at Aims can put you on the path to a leadership position in your field while paying community college tuition rates for a four-year degree.

Gain Skills and Knowledge in Public Safety

At Aims, everyone is very professional and the learning environment from start to finish is the best atmosphere for anyone looking for public safety jobs. They do such a great job that you carry that through to every day of your career going forward.

Andrew Mock
Firefighter, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Aims EMS/Fire adjunct instructor
Headshot of Andrew Mock, Firefighter with Loveland Fire Department and Aims adjunct EMS/Fire instructor

The Aims bachelor’s degree in public safety program will give you a well-rounded inter-agency approach to disaster and crisis response planning and management. You’ll develop professional leadership skills and learn to collaborate with other agencies to coordinate public safety services in high-pressure situations. 

In this program, you will learn:

  • Public relations
  • Building management
  • Policies and procedures
  • Communication techniques
  • Human resources
  • Critical thinking

Working with a faculty mentor, a six-credit capstone course gives you direct practice in building a detailed and actionable public safety proposal for a project that addresses priorities and gaps in services within your community. You can present your proposal to your current employer as a recommendation for future use or include it in a portfolio for job or promotion opportunities.

Because effective communication and collaboration are vital to public safety work, you’ll also gain soft skills to help you work with other teams and agencies, including:

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Networking
  • Research
  • Crisis communications
  • Community outreach

Read What Leaders in the Field Have to Say About the Aims Public Safety Bachelor's Degree

"Having a Bachelor’s program at Aims for the fire service will be an incredible opportunity for students looking for career advancement. As a fire chief, I place a high value on education, and I am excited about this program. I am confident it will further elevate our ability to serve the region by elevating the professionalism and education of first responders."

—Kris Kazian, Fire Chief, Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue

"We are excited about the prospect that the classes will be taught by local professionals with expertise in the content area and that we have input in the program through an advisory committee made up of local stakeholders. Local offerings like this will improve and increase the professionals working in the Northern Colorado public safety field."

—Jeff Stranahan, Chief of Administration, Greeley Fire Department 

Careers in Public Safety

Working in public safety management allows you to take your career in new directions where you can potentially partner with other agencies in emergency situations. Examples of careers you can pursue with a bachelor’s degree in public safety include:

  • Emergency Management Director
  • EMS Manager or Chief Level Officer/Director
  • Disaster Response Coordinator
  • Public Safety Security Manager
  • Law Enforcement Commander or Staff Level Manager
  • Chief Level Fire Officer
  • Crisis Management Coordinator
  • Community Service Manager

More departments want their firefighters to have degrees, so if you want to be promoted, a bachelor’s is the bare minimum that some departments are looking for. The bachelor’s in public safety makes you a well-rounded firefighter because you’re able to understand the bigger picture of public safety and other departments including finance, planning and budgeting. This degree could set you up for success long-term.

Tyler Chesher
Engineer, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, co-lead instructor, Aims Fire Academy, and Aims graduate (2006)
Headshot of Aims fire science instructor Tyler Chester

Aims Public Safety Bachelor’s Degree Faculty and Staff 

Faculty for the public safety bachelor’s degree courses at Aims have varied field experience both in Colorado and beyond. Dedicated to excellence and supporting students, faculty will prepare you to become a leader and advance your career.