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 Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this program also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of fire science management, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Analyze the current and historical strategies, practices, and policies that guide the modern field of fire science.
  • Demonstrate the role of fire science personnel in leading, managing, and collaborating with colleagues, subordinates, constituents, and the community.
  • Apply theory and practical methods to issues in fire science.
  • Summarize the methods and resources needed to effectively manage fire services.
  • Examine assessment and planning tactics to improve organization and community risk management for fire services.
  • Describe strategies and methods to accomplish fire science operations.
  • Differentiate the various practices involved in fire science, their fundamental scientific principles, and their associated mitigation and response strategies.
  • Interpret the legal and regulatory duties and responsibilities that have an impact on the fire science field.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required66
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements21
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL102Effectiveness in Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (66 semester hours)

EDMG220Emergency Planning3
EDMG230Emergency and Disaster Incident Command3
FSMT102Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FSMT188Fire Prevention3
FSMT201Fire Protection Systems3
FSMT210Fundamentals of Fire Protection3
FSMT281Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
FSMT287Fire Protection in Building Construction3
FSMT288Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services3
FSMT289Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply3
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
EDMG330Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
FSMT311Fire Dynamics3
FSMT320Fire Protection Structure and System Design3
FSMT321Community Fire Mitigation and Protection3
FSMT340Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation3
FSMT362Fire Administration and Finance3
FSMT405Fire Safety and Risk Regulation3
FSMT410Fire Regulation, Policy, and Law3
FSMT475Applications of Fire Research3
HRMT407Human Resource Management3
PSYC431Psychology of Disaster3
Total Semester Hours66

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

FSMT498Senior Seminar in Fire Science (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (21 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.