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Columbia Southern University

11 Programs
Online

Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

CSU provides student-centered support services that are personal, responsive and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Caring, highly-trained faculty and staff create innovative educational programs that incorporate the latest instructional technology with challenging curriculums. CSU focuses on affordable, quality online instruction with a general education core that promotes lifelong learning and success.

Federal Student Aid Available to Those Who Qualify

Available Programs

  • Health Information Science / Online
    Healthcare Administration

    Columbia Southern University’s online A.S. in health information science prepares students to become skilled health care paraprofessionals who manage sensitive health care information in a digital environment.

  • Fire Science / Online
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    As the recognized leader in online fire education and one of the most reputable fire professional development programs in the nation, Columbia Southern University offers an online Associate of Science in fire science. CSU’s fire science program incorporates a comprehensive, relevant curriculum of fire prevention and fire protection that provides graduates with the knowledge needed to become a firefighter.

    The program also provides current firefighters with the education needed to broaden their career paths. This degree program is recognized through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative, a network of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

  • B.S. Criminal Justice Administration - Arson Investigation / Online
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    Columbia Southern University’s online Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration with a concentration in arson investigation prepares entry-level and seasoned professionals who are pursuing careers in criminal justice administration. The arson investigation concentration prepares criminal justice professionals to make rational decisions and informed responses to daily challenges in law enforcement, specifically in cases of arson. Fire investigation, analysis, fire behavior and combustion are a few of the topics of focus for this concentration.

  • B.S. Fire Administration - Fire Investigation / Online
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    Columbia Southern University’s online Bachelor of Science in fire administration with a concentration in fire investigation is one of the most reputable fire professional development programs in the nation. Recognized as the leader in online fire education, CSU’s fire science program reflects the relevant curriculum and instruction needed to advance into leadership positions within the fire service profession, including administration, fire safety and investigation. The fire investigation concentration is taught by expert field practitioners and covers relevant career topics, including forensics, evidence collection, analysis and criminal law.

  • B.S. Occupational Safety and Health - Fire Science / Online
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    Designed to integrate two of Columbia Southern University's leading areas of influence, the university’s online B.S. in occupational safety and health with a concentration in fire science combines the expertise of leaders in the fields of safety and fire science. This degree program has been granted the Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Program designation by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, allowing graduates to apply for the GSP® designation through the BCSP. This designation eliminates the need to sit for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP®) exam prior to taking the Certified Safety Professional (CSP®) exam.

    CSU's B.S. in occupational safety and health with a concentration in fire science meets the educational requirements mandated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the ASP® and the CSP®. This degree program is also board-approved through the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).

  • B.S. Criminal Justice Administration - Forensics / Online
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    Columbia Southern University’s online B.S. in criminal justice administration with a concentration in forensics is fitting for entry-level or seasoned law enforcement officers who are seeking to further their knowledge of forensics as it relates to the judicial system. This degree program prepares criminal justice professionals in forensic psychology analysis as it relates to criminality, as well as an evaluation of crime scene investigative procedures and the reconstruction of criminal activity.

  • Occupational Safety & Health / Online
    Education and Human Services

    Safety has been at the core of CSU’s academic focus since the very beginning. Established in 1993, CSU’s occupational safety and health degree programs have set the foundation for safety education. Recognized as an industry leader, Columbia Southern University’s online Associate of Science in occupational safety and health is taught by experts in the safety field, many of whom are involved in advancing the industry on a national scale. This degree program reflects the relevant curriculum and instruction needed to explore a number of safety careers including health and safety manager, safety consultant, safety specialist and more.

  • B.S. Occupational Safety and Health / Online
    Education and Human Services

    Safety has been at the core of CSU’s academic focus since the very beginning. Established in 1993, CSU’s occupational safety and health degree programs have set the foundation for safety education. Recognized as an industry leader, Columbia Southern University’s online Associate of Science in occupational safety and health is taught by experts in the safety field, many of whom are involved in advancing the industry on a national scale. This degree program reflects the relevant curriculum and instruction needed to explore a number of safety careers including health and safety manager, safety consultant, safety specialist and more.

  • B.S. Occupational Safety and Health - Oil and Gas/ Online
    Education and Human Services

    Occupational safety and health professionals who work in the oil and gas industry require a specific subset of knowledge and skills to keep their employees safe. Columbia Southern University’s B.S. in occupational safety and health with a concentration in oil and gas leverages the expertise of academic practitioners who have first-hand experience in this industry to build a curriculum that addresses the hazards found within this unique environment. This degree program has been granted the Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Program designation by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, allowing graduates to apply for the GSP® designation through the BCSP. This designation eliminates the need to sit for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP®) exam prior to taking the Certified Safety Professional (CSP®) exam.

    CSU’s B.S. in occupational safety and health with a concentration in oil and gas meets the educational requirements mandated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the ASP® and the CSP®. This degree program is also board-approved through the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).

  • Military Studies / Online
    Math, Engineering, and Physical Sciences

    Columbia Southern University’s online A.S. in military studies was designed to develop the analytical, critical-thinking, creative-thinking and decision-making skills of current and future military service members in both military and homeland security settings. Graduates may apply these skills toward careers within the military service and within civilian industries including law enforcement, homeland security, emergency management and more. This degree program incorporates multiple areas of study including military problem-solving and leadership, military logistics, homeland security and military operations.

    *Note: This degree is not yet eligible for Federal Student Aid, Tuition Assistance.

  • B.S. Environmental Management / Online
    Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Biology

    Columbia Southern University’s online Bachelor of Science in environmental management program prepares graduates for career advancement by examining theory, technology and collaborative practices commonly used in environmental management. A broad range of topics are covered in the program, ranging from important environmental issues facing our planet today to industry-level environmental best practices and regulatory compliance.

Accreditation

Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).