Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
Description and Outcomes
Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science closely follows the FESHE model and is designed to provide you with foundational skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics. In addition, the program explores technical, legal, and social aspects of arson, the application of technology to firefighting, and the psychological effects of fire dynamics. The program serves fire service professionals seeking enhanced skills and a broad spectrum of knowledge in the field of fire science. The curriculum includes analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation, disaster and fire defense planning, hazardous materials management, fire protection structure and system design, and the role of the fire service within the community.
If you have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you may be eligible for degree requirements to be waived and replaced with advanced start credit. Refer to Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Accelerated Master's Degree Options
If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.
The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.
- Fire Foundations: Demonstrate an understanding of building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics.
- Fire Investigation and Analysis: Investigate technical, legal, and social aspects of arson.
- Psychology: Analyze the issues that deal with the psychological effects of fire dynamics.
- Research Methods: Apply scientific methods of inquiry to arrive at reasoned decisions regarding fire science.
- Technology: Analyze methods that integrate the use of technology to inform operational and strategic decisions that will enhance firefighting strategy and tactics.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Arts and Humanities (select one of the following):||5|
|Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions|
|Humanities and Culture|
|Science (select one of the following):||5|
|Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World|
|General Biology I - Human Perspectives|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Science for Everyday Life|
|Social Science (select one of the following):||5|
|The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream|
|People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government|
|The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach|
|Total Core Requirements||33|
|CJ246||Human Relations in a Diverse Society 1||5|
|FS100||Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services 1||5|
|FS101||Fire Behavior and Combustion||5|
|FS102||Building Construction for Fire Protection 1||5|
|FS103||Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 1||5|
|FS104||Fire Protection Systems 1||5|
|FS105||Fire Prevention Practices||5|
|FS201||Strategy and Tactics||5|
|FS202||Principles of Emergency Services 1||5|
|FS204||Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services 1||5|
|FS208||Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 1||5|
|FS301||Fire Investigation and Analysis||6|
|FS302||Advanced Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival||6|
|FS304||Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS||6|
|FS401||Fire Prevention Organization and Management||6|
|FS402||Political, Ethical, and Legal Foundations of EMS||6|
|FS403||Leadership and Management||6|
|FS412||Safety Risk Management for Fire and EMS||6|
|FS413||Research Analysis for Fire Emergency Services||6|
|FS414||Personnel Management for Fire and EMS||6|
|FS498||Bachelor's Capstone in Fire Science||6|
|Total Major Requirements||115|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Open Electives 2||32|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||32|
These degree requirements can be waived for students who are eligible for advanced start credit with a prior degree. See Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.