Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Explosive Ordnance Disposal examines the historical development, science, methods, and practices of explosive ordnance detection and disposal, as well as emergency responses to terrorist acts and national security. This online associate degree program offers ideal preparation for a career as an explosive ordnance disposal technician or first responder in the military, law enforcement agencies, and government contractors.

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:

  • Chemical makeup, hazards, and safety precautions of explosive compounds
  • The history of explosive ordnance disposal
  • Hazardous bomb components, circuit theories, and diagnosis
  • Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) methods and practices
  • Protocols needed for live ordnance and emergency response calls
  • Chemistry principles, terms, methodologies, and applications
  • Physics principles and real-world applications

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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:

  • Describe specific dates in relation to discovery, invention, and use of various explosives.
  • Discuss the history and background of electricity and electronics as typically found in hazardous devices.
  • List important scientists and inventors who played essential roles in explosives development.
  • Explain the safety precautions to observe when conducting operations which involve hazardous devices that incorporate energy bombs and electromagnetic pulse devices.
  • Restate the principles and theories of fundamental concepts of electricity, physics, and chemistry as they apply to explosive devices.
  • Interpret circuit components most commonly used in hazardous devices.
  • Recognize hazardous device electronic diagrams.
  • Summarize the operations and methods used during ordnance and emergency responses.
  • Describe the safety precautions used when handling explosives.

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 

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

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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.