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BS in Fire Science

Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program gives students the opportunity to learn various approaches to fire protection and investigation. Read more about Purdue University Global's BS in Fire Science program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements:

Those interested in this program should be dedicated to helping others in a time of crisis. Prospective students should also feel the need to serve the public and take on a leadership role. The minimum requirements for admittance into the program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

In the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program, students have the opportunity to learn how to apply analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation. Students also study how to plan for fire defense, manage hazardous materials, and apply technology to firefighting. Firefighting and investigation is placed into a broader context with instruction on community risk reduction and an examination of the function of the fire service within the community. An accelerated master's degree is an option for those who want to pursue a master's in public administration, human services, legal studies, or psychology while pursuing their fire science bachelor's degree.

Learning Format:


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 in this program will give students a well-rounded liberal arts education as well as major coursework that dives deep into fire science topics. Students are exposed to topics like fire behavior, fire protection, fire investigation, and research in fire services. 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 (115 credits)

  • CJ 246: Human Relations in a Diverse Society
  • FS 100: Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services
  • FS 101: Fire Behavior and Combustion
  • FS 102: Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • FS 103: Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
  • FS 104: Fire Protection Systems
  • FS 105: Fire Prevention Practices
  • FS 201: Strategy and Tactics
  • FS 202: Principles of Emergency Services
  • FS 204: Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services
  • FS 208: Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
  • FS 301: Fire Investigation and Analysis
  • FS 302: Advanced Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival
  • FS 304: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS
  • FS 401: Fire Prevention Organization and Management
  • FS 402: Political, Ethical, and Legal Foundations of Emergency Services
  • FS 403: Leadership and Management
  • FS 412: Safety Risk Management for Fire and EMS
  • FS 413: Research Analysis for Fire Emergency Services
  • FS 414: Personnel Management for Fire and EMS
  • 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 (32 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths

Graduates of Purdue University Global's BS in Fire Science program study the discipline-specific skills they need to work in the field of fire science. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, and firefighting strategy and tactics. They also have the opportunity to learn about research methods and technology utilized when working in the field.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire inspector
  • Fire investigator
  • Firefighter manager

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