Fire science programs can be found at fire academies, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Both in-person and online options are available.
Schools Offering Degrees in Firefighting/Fire Science
These schools offer fire science programs at varying levels and in different formats.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, UT||4-year, public||Certificate||$5,386 in-state, $15,202 out-of-state|
|Idaho State University||Pocatello, ID||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$6,784 in-state, $20,182 out-of-state|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state|
|Lake Superior State University||Sault Ste Marie, MI||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$10,580 in-state, $15,788 out-of-state|
|New Jersey City University||Jersey City, NJ||4-year, public||Certificate, Bachelor's||$11,180 in-state, $20,009 out-of-state|
|Lewis-Clark State College||Lewiston, ID||4-year, public||Associate's||$7,224 in-state, $18,224 out-of-state|
|Southwestern Illinois College||Belleville, IL||2-year, public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,420 in-district, $12,120 in-state, $15,750 out-of-state|
|Walla Walla Community College||Walla Walla, WA||2-year, public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,203 in-state, $5,670 out-of-state|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
School and College Selection Criteria
Students may want to take the following considerations under advisement when selecting fire science programs:
- Students may want to consider the different areas of training offered, such as emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and courses in leadership, management and fire prevention.
- Since different fire departments have different standards, students may want to consult with the fire department they wish to work with to find out which qualifications would be most beneficial, such as paramedic training and certification.
- Students may consider whether or not a program has distance learning options, and verify that the online program is accredited.
- Some fire departments want workers who have at least an associate's degree, and higher levels may be required for further advancement.
Certificate Program in Fire Science
Certificate programs offered at community colleges and vocational schools may be completed in a few months. More advanced certificates exist for individuals with prior experience working or volunteering in a fire department.
Associate's Degree in Fire Science
Associate's degree programs cover similar topics to those in certificate programs, but they also include general education requirements in English, science and mathematics. These programs are typically completed in two years.
Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science
Bachelor's degree programs cover all areas of fire safety and fire code enforcement. Specialization may be available in areas like fire science engineering and hazardous materials. Students may be required to complete an internship.
Students who wish to become firefighters should look for programs that offer different areas of training, depending on where they wish to work. Students who complete these programs may also complete training in other areas of emergency response, such as EMT courses.