Kaplan University

BS in Fire Science

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program is designed for current firefighters and other students interested in pursuing careers in the fire science field. Students who enroll in the program have the opportunity to study firefighter safety, firefighting strategy, fire prevention, code inspection, and related topics. Read more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program have the opportunity to study foundational firefighting skills, strategy, and tactics. The program's curriculum emphasizes analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation as well as hazardous materials management. Instruction is also offered in related topics, including fire prevention, code inspection, and the application of technology to firefighting.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines and academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements

  • FS 100: Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 101: Fire Behavior and Combustion (5 credits)
  • FS 102: Building Construction for Fire Protection (5 credits)
  • FS 103: Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (5 credits)
  • FS 104: Fire Protection Systems (5 credits)
  • FS 105: Fire Prevention Practices (5 credits)
  • FS 201: Strategy and Tactics (5 credits)
  • FS 202: Principles of Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 204: Occupational Health and Safety for Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 207: Hazardous Materials Chemistry (5 credits)
  • FS 208: Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 301: Fire Investigation and Analysis (6 credits)
  • FS 302: Advanced Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival (6 credits)
  • FS 303: Fire Protection Structures and Systems (6 credits)
  • FS 304: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS (6 credits)
  • FS 401: Fire Prevention Organization and Management (6 credits)
  • FS 402: Political, Ethical, and Legal Foundations of EMS (6 credits)
  • FS 403: Leadership and Management (6 credits)
  • FS 413: Research Analysis for Fire Emergency Services (6 credits)
  • FS 414: Personnel Management for Fire and EMS (6 credits)
  • FS 498: Bachelor's Capstone in Fire Science (6 credits)

Core Requirements and Electives

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
  • Open Electives (32 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge base of current firefighters as well as students who are interested in pursuing a career in the fire science field. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of fire protection and investigation, firefighter safety, and the role of fire service within the community.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire inspector
  • Fire investigator
  • Firefighter manager

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