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AS in Fire Science

Students in Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program have the chance to participate in a fire science curriculum approved b the U.S. Fire Administration. Read on to find out more about Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students looking to enroll in Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program should have an interest in seeking a career as a professional in the fire service - whether that be enhancing their skills or gaining a broad spectrum of knowledge. Applicants to Purdue University Global's program should have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Some programs will have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program is designed to teach students the foundational skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics. The program is also designed with the intention of providing students information on the technical, legal, and social aspects of arson, applying technology to firefighting, conducting and developing fire science research methods, and analyze the psychological effects of fire dynamics. The program was recognized by the US Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution, and was designed to closely follow the FESHE model.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

90 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.'

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Students in the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program will take a range of classes related to fire science, including a capstone course. Students will also be required to take courses in math, composition, and other electives of their choosing. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science:

Core Requirements (15 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Mathematics (select one of the following)
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra

Major Requirements (60 credits)

  • Human Relations in a Diverse Society
  • Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services
  • Fire Behavior and Combustion
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fire Prevention Practices
  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Principles of Emergency Services
  • Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services
  • Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
  • Associate's Capstone in Fire Science

Open Electives (15 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program may be interested in pursing a bachelor's degree in fire science or fire and emergency management. A bachelor's degree could help students further develop their skills in managing and fighting fires, as well as afford students additional career choices and the opportunity for increased 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:

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program is designed to offer hands-on experience in the field of fire science that is directly transferable to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to study analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation, disaster and defense planning, hazardous materials management, and the role of the fire service within a community. Some positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Firefighter
  • Arson and Fire Investigator
  • Fire Inspector
  • Forest Fire Inspector and Prevention Specialist

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