With this Momentum program, instead of attending classes, you’ll work with faculty mentors to demonstrate your mastery in one competency area and move to the next until you complete your degree. You must have a conferred associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from an accredited college to enroll in this program. Visit AMU or APU to learn more about Momentum.

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management provides the principles, theory, and practices associated with leading-edge fire science and management issues associated with tactical fire operations, fire safety, firefighting leadership, and community fire issues, among others. This online bachelor’s degree offers you a comprehensive education in fire behavior, suppression methods, protection, safety, and prevention, along with an emphasis on emergency and disaster management and response. This degree program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or public safety organizations.

Degree Requirements (60 semester hours)

A conferred associate of arts or associate of science degree (or higher degree) is required for admission into any Momentum program. This conferred degree fulfills the first 60 credits toward the Momentum bachelor’s degree. 

Momentum Requirements (62 semester hours)

COLL300 - Research, Analysis, and Writing

  • COLL300A - Research Problem: Identify a research problem in the student's discipline.

  • COLL300B -Scholarly Research: Demonstrate the ability to conduct scholarly research in the student's discipline.

  • COLL300C - Formal Research Paper Produce a well-researched and correctly formatted and referenced paper in the student's particular discipline.

FSMT102 - Fire Behavior and Combustion

  • FSMT102A - Dynamics of Fire: Identify and describe the dynamics of fire.

  • FSMT102B - Suppression Agents: Evaluate the suppression agents and strategies used to extinguish a fire.

  • FSMT102C - States of Matter: Identify the physical properties of the three states of matter.

FSMT188 - Fire Prevention

  • FSMT188A - Fire Prevention History: Outline the history and philosophy of fire prevention through the present day.

  • FSMT188B - Legal and Regulatory Requirements in Fire Prevention: Explain the legal and regulatory requirements related to fire prevention and the impact these requirements have on the loss of life and/or property.

  • FSMT188C - Fire Prevention Organizations: Describe the professional qualifications, professional development opportunities, and inspection practices for all roles within fire prevention organizations and associations.

FSMT201 - Fire Protection Systems

  • FSMT201A - Suppression Techniques: Apply appropriate suppression techniques for fire extinguishment based on the type of materials involved in the fire.

  • FSMT201B - Smoke and Smoke Detectors: Illustrate the different types of fire and smoke detectors and the influence characteristics of smoke have on them.

  • FSMT201C - Fire Protection Systems: Explain the appropriate application of the different types of fire protection systems.

FSMT210 - Fundamentals of Fire Protection

  • FSMT210A - Fire Service Roles and Responsibilities: Describe the different roles and responsibilities of fire and support personnel and organizations in the fire service.

  • FSMT210B - Evolution of Fire Protection: Diagram the historical evolution and use of fire protection and equipment by fire service personnel.

  • FSMT210C - Fire Codes and Standards: Explain the need for legal codes and standards in the enforcement of fire prevention.

EDMG220 - Emergency Planning

  • EDMG220A - Emergency Management Processes: Identify the stages in emergency management processes, and illustrate the relationships between disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery.

  • EDMG220B - Multi-Agency Roles in Emergency Situations: Explain the responsibilities of various agencies and mandates pertaining to emergency disaster, planning, and mitigation.

  • EDMG220C - Hazards in Emergency Situations Explain the processes involved in an emergency response to community hazardous situations, including the role of the emergency personnel in community disaster planning and recovery.

  • EDMG220D - Emergency Operations Plan (EOP): Identify the requirements for an effective Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

EDMG230 - Emergency and Disaster Incident Command

  • EDMG230A - Incident Command System: Demonstrate proficiency with the functional areas, responsibilities, and terms associated with an incident command system.

  • EDMG230B - Best Practices in Incident Management: Analyze past emergency incidents to determine best practices in incident management which minimize negative impact on the community and responders.

  • EDMG230C - Current State of Emergency Management: Analyze the current state of emergency management to improve practice.

  • EDMG230D - Emergency Operations Responsibilities: Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of agencies and individuals involved in emergency management.

FSMT287 - Fire Protection in Building Construction

  • FSMT287A - Importance of Building Construction: Evaluate the building construction components and design, and their importance in fire and life safety.

  • FSMT287B - Building Construction Classifications: Classify the major types of building construction and the hazards and tactical considerations in fire safety associated with the various types of building construction.

  • FSMT287C - Fire Safety and Codes in Building Construction Explain the importance of building construction in relation to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics.

FSMT289 - Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

  • FSMT289A - Water and Fire Service Pumping Apparatus: Outline the different types of fire service pumping apparatus, types of water distribution systems, and the forces that affect water at rest and in motion.

  • FSMT289B - Principles of Water Flow: Describe the scientific and mathematical principles of the flow of water in fire suppression situations.

  • FSMT289C - Fire Flow Demand Criteria: Determine what fire flow demand criteria is needed by a community for firefighting purposes.

FSMT311 - Fire Dynamics

  • FSMT311A - Scientific Principles of Fire: Use appropriate fire science terminology to describe the scientific principles of fire and their interaction with the environment and to chemical and/or natural elements involved in a fire.

  • FSMT311B - Building Structural Components: Explain the flame spread and smoke production properties, fire endurance, and fire resistance of building structural components, materials, and furnishings.

  • FSMT311C - Fire Suppression and Extinguishment Agents: Compare and contrast the different fire suppression and extinguishment agents and the related usage strategies for each.

FSMT320 - Fire Protection Structure and System Design

  • FSMT320A - Evolution of Fire Protection Systems: Outline the evolution of fire protection systems and explain how past fire events have influenced current approaches to fire protection, including the role of the fire service in fire code compliance.

  • FSMT320B - Heat, Smoke, and Flame Detection Systems: Compare and contrast the different heat, smoke, and flame detection systems and the factors that impact life safety in a structure.

  • FSMT320C - Sprinkler System Design: Explain the application of hydraulics formulae and determination of sufficient water supply systems for various types of sprinkler system designs.

FSMT321 - Community Fire Mitigation and Protection

  • FSMT321A - The Community Role in Risk Reduction: Explain the role of the community in risk reduction, fire/community relations, community outreach, volunteerism, and fire strategic planning.

  • FSMT321B - Fire Investigation, Fire Prevention, and Planning: Outline the historical and social influences on the fire investigation process, fire prevention research, and the master planning process.

  • FSMT321C - Fire Prevention Strategy Influences: Describe the economic, governmental, and departmental influences on fire prevention and their strategies for fire prevention.

EDMG330 - Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials

  • EDMG330A - Hazmat Laws, Regulations, and Standards: Explain the differences and similarities between local, State, and Federal laws, regulations and standards concerning hazmat.

  • EDMG330B - Hazmat/Terrorist Incident Planning: Explain the process of planning, organizing, and training for hazmat/terrorist incidents.

  • EDMG330C - Incident Command Organizational Structure: Develop a comprehensive incident command organizational structure for a hazmat response following the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines.

FSMT340 - Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation

  • FSMT340A - Research on Fire Science Produce scholarly research that examines a fire investigation related topic.

  • FSMT340B - Combustion and Hazard Materials: Evaluate the different causes of combustion and hazardous materials in fire investigations.

  • FSMT340C - Types of Fires & Investigation Techniques: Explain the different types of fires and the appropriate investigative techniques for each type of fire.

FSMT362 - Fire Administration and Finance

  • FSMT362A - Fire Department Management: Define the elements of effective departmental organization including the training and skills necessary for management of a department and to support the certification process.

  • FSMT362B - Budget Planning and Risk Reduction: Identify the roles of the community and fire personnel in the budget planning process and in addressing risk reduction.

  • FSMT362C - Fire Management Trends: Explain the concept of change and the importance of communications technology, fire service networks, and the internet for conducting problem-solving analysis and understanding and managing trends.

FSMT405 - Fire Safety and Risk Regulation

  • FSMT405A - Fire Safety Officer: Outline the role of a safety officer, how the origins of the job influence its current operation within fire departments, and the functional need for a safety officer in the fire service.

  • FSMT405B - Safety Issues and Readiness: Explain the safety issues, safety readiness, and importance of including safety in training and education programs of a fire department.

  • FSMT405C - Fire Service Safety Investigations: Identify the need for an investigation of a fire service death or injury and determine a plan for sharing lessons learned from the investigation.

FSMT410 - Fire Regulation, Policy, and Law

  • FSMT410A - Evolution of Fire Law: Outline the evolution of fire law from its inception to present day.

  • FSMT410B - Firefighter Negligence: Compare what constitutes a criminal act versus a negligent act of firefighters.

  • FSMT410C - Employment Law & the Fire Department: Identify the various laws a fire department must abide by in reference to the management of a fire department.

HRMT407 - Human Resource Management

  • HRMT407A - Compensation and Benefits: Develop a comprehensive compensation and benefits program for an organization.

  • HRMT407B - Retention Program: Compare and contrast various appraisal methods and employee rating scales to develop an effective retention program.

  • HRMT407C - Successful HR Program: Utilize external factors such as collective bargaining procedures, safety in the workplace, and global recruiting strategies, to create a successful human resource program for an organization.

PSYC431 - Psychology of Disaster

  • PSYC431A - Human Response of Disaster Survivors: Explain the variance in expected biological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal responses to disaster.

  • PSYC431B - Psychological Responses of Disaster Survivors: Assess the psychological risk factors and protective measures that predict the severity of distress and disruption after a disaster and the responses, symptoms, and needs of survivors including children and adolescents.

  • PSYC431C - Mental Health Care Interventions: Evaluate the mental health care interventions for victims and responders following a disaster.

FSMT475 - Applications of Fire Research

  • FSMT475A - Fire Research: Evaluate fire-related research and apply it to a fire related topic.

  • FSMT475B - Fire Research Proposal: Prepare a research proposal using research findings on a fire related topic.

  • FSMT475C - Fire Research Paper: Produce a research paper on a fire related topic using appropriate scholarly research design and methodologies.

Total = 122 semester hours