Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Online Undergraduate Certificate in Explosive Ordnance Disposal

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About This Program

Learn the science, history, construction, and handling of explosive substances by enrolling in the explosive ordnance disposal undergraduate certificate program at American Public University (APU).

APU’s online certificate program will acquaint you with proper disposal techniques and incident assessments. You will also become familiar with homeland security and emergency response to terrorist incidents.

This program is designed for those who wish to assist in protecting public safety. This six-course certificate is suited to bomb disposal technicians, first responders, military, and government contractors who wish to advance their knowledge without committing to a full degree program.

NOTE: Completion of this program does not award any professional certifications, but may be helpful in preparing to earn such certifications.

What You Will Do

  1. Recognize the historical basis of the development of the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) field
  2. Identify the differences between military and civilian EOD organizations
  3. Select the appropriate use of technology and approach in rendering safe operations
  4. Describe the basic electrical and electronic theory/circuitry used in triggering and controlling standard and improvised explosive devices

Program at a Glance

Number of Credits
19
Cost Per Credit
$350 | $250*
$315**
Courses Start Monthly
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Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 2912

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This course focuses on the strategic and regulatory issues associated with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) response. Course topics include WMD-relevant public law, definitions, reporting authorities, and jurisdictional and functional issues that govern organizations, technical companies, medical providers, and the scientific world. Other topics include the moral/ethical issues of using WMD, various aspects of WMD response, global CBRN threats, and CBRN arms limitations, treaties, organizations, regimes, and agreements.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session
02/26/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 3686

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This course offers explosive handlers, bomb disposal technicians and responders an introduction to the chemical make-up and associated hazards of explosive substances. The combination of challenging reference sources and instructional interchange immerses the student in the world of explosive compounds including the research and development behind many explosive compounds widely used throughout the world today. This combination of reference materials, website research and group-related projects, allows the new explosive handler to learn the scientific basis for the long lists of safety precautions involved when handling explosives. Topics include, but are not limited to, history of explosives; basic chemical composition of explosives; and, safety precautions and guidelines when approaching or handling explosives. It will also cover researching information sites and references for material ranging from basic safety precautions of explosives to the resources available for emergency handlers and responders. The course helps students understand the hazards associated with common explosive materials.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
02/26/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 2525

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This course is a dynamic and information packed introduction to the history of incendiaries and explosives. Included is a short study of the origins of modern-day Bomb Disposal and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Teams and their evolving techniques. The course examines areas and ideas from the ancient mystique of “Greek Fire” and the inventions of gunpowder and high explosives, up to modern-day nuclear reactions and weapons of mass destruction. The course provides an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the history and background of the science and mechanics applied to explosive technologies, and provides for a better understanding of those who work to render safe unexploded hazards.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 2528

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This course is designed for Explosive handling technicians, police or military, or others who respond to incidents involving hazardous devices containing electrical and/or electronic components. Concepts covered include the important differences between electricity and electronics (E&E) from the scientific and technical perspective and the practical situational aspects of threats posed to any handler of suspicious E&E devices. Specific areas are covered in a logical and easy to digest manner and include the fundamental principles of Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) including series, parallel, and series parallel circuits; hazardous device circuit component operations and capabilities; and, safety precautions and guidelines when dealing with circuits contained in hazardous devices. The course focuses on how to conduct research on information sites and references for basic circuitry and helps students recognize the technical aspects of circuit theory, components and capabilities required to effectively perform diagnostic procedures.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
02/26/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 2529

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This course is an overview of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). It provides a framework in which to evaluate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) utilized by military and civilian Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams and Hazardous Devices teams in the field. The extremely hazardous nature of these operations lends itself to a detailed evaluation of the methods; practices and protocols used during live ordnance and emergency response calls. Formal EOD guidance contained in military instructions and regulations, and Federal Codes of Regulation (CFRs) are examined as references and for operational compliance. They are evaluated for efficacy in meeting the often conflicting and demanding needs of EOD operators. Procedures covered include the full spectrum of military EOD Required Operational Capabilities. Included are high-risk evolutions such as diving and demolition operations, parachuting and rappelling operations, and, response to weapons of mass destruction, and small arms employment under hostile and time constrained conditions. The vulnerability and risk of specific EOD procedures to terrorists’ actions is defined, and proposed countermeasures are weighted for effectiveness. The application of industry “Best Practice” risk management processes is examined for application to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal field.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 3820

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This course offers an introduction to classical physics for non-scientists. Students will learn to apply Newtonian principles to the fundamental topics of motion, gravitation, momentum, work, energy, heat, wave behavior, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. Basic algebra will be used in this course to demonstrate how mathematics can describe and predict the real-world behavior of objects ranging from electrons to planets. Students will be expected to relate physics principles to their daily lives. Through interactive simulation software, lab exercises will teach students how to take measurements, make observations about physical phenomena, make calculations, and test out their own reasoning. Topics covered in this course require some comfort with math. This course is time-intensive, so students should ensure they have the time to fully commit to this course if it is used to fulfill the General Education science course requirement.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session
02/26/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Mar 4
Register by Mar 1

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e., GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
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