List of the Best Fire Science Colleges in the U.S.

Fire science programs provide a foundation in basic fire chemistry, building construction and management for careers in fire and emergency services, especially at the leadership level. Some colleges offer related programs in emergency medical services (EMS), security management, disaster relief planning and fire safety engineering.

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1. University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

University of Florida (UF) was placed 17th in a 2011 ranking of top national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The school also received the fourth-highest ranking for best career services in the Princeton Review's 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges.

The College of Design, Construction and Planning offers a distance learning bachelor's program in fire and emergency services aimed at educating future leaders in fire, EMS, and other emergency services organizations. An associate degree is a prerequisite for admittance to the program, which can be completed within two years through online classes and proctored exams. The college also offers non-degree programs leading to an Executive EMS Offer Certificate or an Executive Fire & Emergency Services Officer Certificate.

Contact Information

  • Address: 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Phone Number: (305) 237-8888

2. John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, commonly called John Jay, is one of 23 colleges in the City University of New York system. The school, which is focused on education and research in criminal justice, provides programs such as forensics, fire and emergency services, psychology and legal studies.

The Department of Protection Management offers a 48-credit-hour program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science. After completion of basic requirement courses, which include fire dynamics, life safety in building construction and fire safety administration, students choose four advanced electives in the fire protection or fire investigation specialization. A 33-credit-hour B.A. program in fire and emergency services is also available.

Contact Information

  • Address: 899 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019
  • Phone Number: (212) 237-8000

List of U.S. Schools with Programs in Fire Science

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
Miami Dade College 59,120 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 (305) 237-8888
University of Florida 50,691 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
University of Maryland - University College 37,347 3501 University Blvd. E., Adelphi, MD 20783 (301) 985-7000
University of Cincinnati 31,134 2624 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45221 (513) 556-6000
Utah Valley University 28,765 800 W. University Pkwy., Orem, UT 84058 (801) 863-8161
University of Alaska Anchorage 17,276 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 786-1800
Madison Area Technical College 16,610 3550 Anderson St., Madison, WI 53704 (608) 246-6100
John Jay College of Criminal Justice 15,330 899 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019 (212) 237-8000
Idaho State University 13,493 921 S. Seventh Ave., Pocatello, ID 83209 (208) 282-3620
University of Alaska Fairbanks 9,137 Fairbanks, AK 99775 (907) 474-7211
New Jersey City University 8,399 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305 (201) 200-2000
Mountain State University 5,951 609 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 253-7351
Southwestern Oklahoma State University 5,010 100 Campus Dr., Weatherford, OK 73096 (580) 772-6611
University of the District of Columbia 4,960 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202) 274-5012
Providence College 4,900 One Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918 (401) 865-1000
Madonna University 4,211 36600 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150 (734) 432-5300
Lewis - Clark State College 4,200 500 Eighth Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501 (208) 792-5272
Siena Heights University 2,351 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221 (517) 263-0731
Anna Maria College 1,589 50 Sunset Ln., Paxton, MA 01612 (508) 849-3300
Cogswell Polytechnical College 199 1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (408) 541-0100
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