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Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

The Fire Science degree provides students with the theoretical foundations for leadership and administration of fire service organizations. The curriculum includes the principles, theory, and practices associated with today’s fire service professionals. Coursework incorporates analytical approaches to fire dynamics and fire protection, fire prevention organization and management, fire analysis and investigation, disaster planning including dealing with hazardous materials, administration and personnel management, and the political and legal issues occurring in the Fire Service.

This degree is based on the National Fire Academy-Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE), Model Curriculum Bachelor’s Degree 2008. Our curriculum is designed to maintain the FESHE “Certificate of Recognition”. The fire courses are also intended to meet higher education criteria set forth by the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Eligibility to sit for many certification and promotional examinations based on college credit varies according to the authority having jurisdiction, and students are advised to inquire directly with those agencies.

There are two specializations offered: Aviation Emergency Management as well as Fire and Emergency Services.

  • The Aviation Emergency Management Specialization focuses on the fire and aviation safety, leadership and management skills, and technical knowledge.
  • The Fire and Emergency Services Specialization focuses on the leadership and management skills and technical knowledge.

fehe logoThis B.S. in Fire Science is one of only a few university programs to carry the “Certificate of Recognition” from the Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE). The program is based on the FESHE-model degree curriculum, and addresses all the critical areas that modern fire departments are tasked to perform.

 
Degree Requirements
General Education
Course / TitleCredits
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, and Humanities and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.
Communication Theory and Skills: 
ENGL 123 English Composition3
Speech/English6
Humanities: 
HUMN 330 Values & Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences: 
ECON 210 Microeconomics -OR-
ECON 211 Macroeconomics
3
Social Science elective
(History / Government / Social Science / Psychology / Economics)
 
Physical and Life Science Lower-Level electives: 
Physics / Biology / Meteorology6
Mathematics: 
MATH 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I &
MATH 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II
-OR-
MATH 140 College Algebra &
MATH 142 Trigonometry
6
Computer Science: 
CSCI 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Total Credits36

Program Support
Course / TitleCredits
MATH 211 Statistics with Aviation Applications -OR-
MATH 222 Business Statistics
3
WEAX 201 Meteorology I3
RSCH 202 Introduction to Research Methods*3
Total Credits9

Program Specializations

Students must complete one of the following Specializations:

Aviation Emergency Management Specialization
Course / TitleCredits
ASCI 254 Aviation Legislation3
ASCI 401 Airport Development and Operations3
ASCI 412 Corporate and Business Aviation3
FIRE 301 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 302 Fire Dynamics3
FIRE 303 Fire Protection Structures & Systems3
FIRE 305 Fire Prevention Organization and Management3
FIRE 400 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3
FIRE 401 Applications of Fire Research3
FIRE 403 Disaster Planning and Control3
FIRE 404 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
FIRE 405 Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 480 Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
SFTY 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
SFTY 330 Aircraft Accident Investigation3
SFTY 350 Aircraft Crash and Emergency Management3
SFTY 409 Aviation Safety3
Total Credits51

-OR-

Fire and Emergency Services Specialization
Course / TitleCredits
FIRE 300 Fire-Related Human Behavior3
FIRE 301 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 302 Fire Dynamics3
FIRE 303 Fire Protection Structures & Systems3
FIRE 304 Fire Investigation and Analysis3
FIRE 305 Fire Prevention Organization and Management3
FIRE 400 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3
FIRE 401 Applications of Fire Research3
FIRE 402 Fire and Emergency Services Administration3
FIRE 403 Disaster Planning and Control3
FIRE 404 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
FIRE 405 Personnel Management for Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 406 Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection3
FIRE 410 Terrorism: Roots and Responses3
FIRE 480 Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
SFTY 341 Occupational Safety and Health Program Management3
SFTY 420 Systems Design for Fire and Life Safety3
Total Credits51

Open Electives
Course / TitleCredits
Open Electives:15

Specified Electives
Course / TitleCredits
Specified Electives
(Choose 9 credits from ASCI/ SFTY/FIRE Courses)
9

**RSCH 202 available July 2013 
Total Degree Requirements120

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