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AAS in Fire Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program at Purdue University Global provides students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of firefighting, fire safety, and fire investigation. Find out 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:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A person interested in an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science should have a desire to help others and the courage to face dangerous situations head-on. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program is recognized by the United States Fire Administration as Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Adhering to the FESHE model, this program offers a five-fold focus, intending to teach students fundamental firefighting skills, establishing a solid knowledge of fire resistance and the spread of flames, looking into the psychology of dealing with fire, the use of technology in fighting fires, and the application of standard research methods in decision making when it comes to firefighting. This approach means students have the opportunity to develop skills in areas as diverse as fire investigation, building codes and fire prevention strategies, and the handling of hazardous materials. Internship options may be available, depending on participation in your area.

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

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science degree requires 15 credit hours of general education, 60 credit hours within the fire science major, and 15 elective credit hours, for a total of 90 credit hours. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Core Requirements (15 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra

Fire Science 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 Elective Requirements (15 credits)

  • Open Electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those who have received an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science from Purdue Global may be interested in continuing their educational journey by choosing to pursue a related bachelor's degree. Holders of a bachelor's degree may be afforded additional responsibilities and find new career paths available to them that they were not qualified for before.

Bachelor's degree program options for graduates include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

Career Paths:

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program is intended to provide students with the skills needed most by those in the fields of firefighting and fire prevention. By offering the opportunity to learn about building codes and laws regarding fireproofing, how to use technology to assist in combating fires, and how fire can affect those in need of rescue, graduates should be prepared to enter the field.

Positions a graduate might hold include:

  • Fire inspector
  • Fire investigator
  • First-line supervisor
  • Manager of firefighting and prevention workers

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