Kaplan University

AAS in Fire Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program at Kaplan University gives students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of firefighting, fire safety, and fire investigation. Learn more about the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science degree here.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Associate of Applied Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program is modeled on the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education national curriculum. It aims to provide students with the chance to study firefighter safety, fire prevention, code inspection, building codes, and firefighting strategy. Coursework utilizes an analytical approach to fire investigation and protection, hazardous materials management, and fire defense planning. Students also explore the role of the fire service within the community. Major coursework is paired with general education requirements to give students the opportunity to obtain a well-rounded liberal arts education. This program could prepare students to pursue employment in fire or emergency services.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

90 credits. Kaplan University defines an 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.

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Required Courses for an Associate of Applied 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 Safety and Health for Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 207: Hazardous Materials Chemistry (5 credits)
  • FS 208: Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 299: Associate's Capstone in Fire Science (5 credits)

Core and Elective Requirements

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • Open Electives (15 credits)

Postgraduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program could be interested in continuing their education in a bachelor's degree program in fire science or a related field. Earning a bachelor's degree could give students additional career choices or enhance their responsibilities in the workplace.

Bachelor's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management

Career Paths:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science degree program could be equipped with field-specific skills in fire science, including knowledge of firefighting strategy, firefighter safety, fire prevention, and building codes. Students have the opportunity to study firefighting technology, disaster and fire defense planning, and hazardous materials management.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Firefighter
  • Arson investigator
  • Building inspector
  • Fire inspector

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