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BS in Fire and Emergency Management

Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program offers students the opportunity to develop skills in fire and emergency response careers. Read more about Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements:

Those interested in this program must have a certain set of skills to succeed in this field professionally upon graduation. Skills such as strong communication skills, level-headedness, attention to detail, and physical stamina are all important qualities. The minimum academic requirements for admittance into the program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program is designed for emergency responder personnel and others who are looking to go into the field. In the program, students have the opportunity to study fire fighting and prevention, safety risk management, disaster response, and community risk reduction. In addition to instruction in field skills, curriculum addresses important management and administrative functions within EMS, fire, and emergency preparedness agencies. Within the program, students have the opportunity to create a career-focused curriculum that can align with the student's professional goals.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/ Total Credits Required:

180 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 a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science:

Coursework for this program is designed to better prepare students for their future careers. Students will get in-depth exposure to topics like emergency services, crisis management, assessing risk, and leadership and management. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements (100 credits)

  • FS 100: Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services
  • FS 105: Fire Prevention Practices
  • FS 120: Introduction to Emergency Management
  • FS 202: Principles of Emergency Services
  • FS 205: Ethics for the Fire and Emergency Services
  • FS 208: Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
  • FS 220: Preparedness and Planning for Emergency Management
  • FS 225: Emergency Management Response
  • CJ 307: Crisis Management in Terrorist Attacks and Disasters
  • FS 304: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS
  • FS 320: Recovery Practices in Emergency Management
  • FS 401: Fire Prevention Organization and Management
  • FS 402: Political, Ethical, and Legal Foundations of Emergency Services
  • FS 403: Leadership and Management
  • FS 414: Personnel Management for Fire and EMS
  • FS 420: Mitigation and Risk Assessment in Emergency Management
  • FS 425: Disaster Policy in Emergency Management
  • FS 498: Bachelor's Capstone in Fire Science

Core Requirements (33 credits)

  • 100/200-level: General Education Courses (3 courses)
  • 100/200-level: Math Course
  • 200-level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 200-level: Science Course
  • 200-level: Social Science Course

Open Elective Requirements (47 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths

Students completing Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program could be able to develop important field skills for fire and emergency services careers. Students also have the opportunity to study how to perform management and administrative functions within EMS and disaster response agencies.

Graduates of the Purdue University Global BS in Fire and Emergency Management program could pursue positions that include:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire inspector
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Paramedic

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