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

Some colleges offer fire science programs or related programs in emergency medical services (EMS), security management, disaster relief planning, and fire safety engineering. Read on for more information about two of the best schools to offer bachelor's degree programs in fire science.

Schools Overview

The University of Florida and John Jay College of Criminal Justice are two schools that offer some of the best programs in fire science available in the U.S. The schools are very different: one is a public university and the other a specialized college in New York, dedicated to all majors related to criminal justice - including fire science. A number of bachelor's degree programs are offered in fire science; a distance learning option is also available to bachelor's degree-seeking students, although applicants must hold an associate's degree first. Certificates related to fire science are also offered by both schools.

1. University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

School Highlight: The University of Florida (UF) was placed 14th in a 2015 ranking of top national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

The university's 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's degree is a prerequisite for admittance to the program, which can be completed within two years through online classes and proctored exams. The college offers three specializations within the program: Emergency Management, EMS specialization and Fire specialization.

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

School Highlight: The John Jay College of Criminal Justice alumni consists of 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Distinguished Professors and 3 Presidential Scholars.

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 42-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.

Top U.S. Schools with Programs in Fire Science

School Name Distinction Location
Anna Maria College B.S. in Fire Science can be earned completely online for students with an associate's degree or 60 prior college hours Paxton, MA
Cogswell Polytechnical College Students can earn two Nation Fire Academy certificates while studying for the fire science bachelor's degree Sunnyvale, CA
Idaho State University First-responder training offered in the Human Patient Simulation Lab, using computerized or mechanical model adult and child patients Pocatello, ID
Lewis - Clark State College Associate's and bachelor's degree programs in fire service technology designed for currently-serving, paid or volunteer firefighters Lewiston, ID
Madonna University Offers associate's level and bachelor's level programs in Fire Science Technology and Livonia, MI
New Jersey City University The university's B.S. is the only fire science program offered at the university level in New Jersey state Jersey City, NJ
Providence College B.S. is the only fire science program in Rhode Island; part-time, night and online study available Providence, RI
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science students who already have an Associate of Applied Science degree can create a customized course of study Adrian, MI
University of Cincinnati In 2013, the College of Engineering Applied Science's program in fire science was first nationally to offer an EMS leadership track within it's online B.S. degree in fire science Cincinnati, OH
Utah Valley University Fire and Rescue Academy graduates compete in the university's Fire Games against program alumni Orem, UT

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