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Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and FESHE institution. The fire science associate's degree closely follows the FESHE national curriculum model.
Our Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science and Bachelor of Science in Fire Science are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
You could earn credits for your fire service-related
certifications you may have already earned.
Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science closely follows the FESHE model and is designed to provide students with foundational skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics. The degree serves fire service professionals seeking enhanced skills and a broad spectrum of knowledge in the field of fire science.
Additionally, Kaplan University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received programmatic accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) for the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science.The degree serves fire service professionals seeking enhanced skills and a broad spectrum of knowledge in the field of fire science. Each term students are assessed on their mastery of the course outcomes which measure the skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors employers expect. A summary of these assessments can be found here.
The program explores technical, legal, and social aspects of arson, the application of technology to firefighting, and the psychological effects of fire dynamics. The curriculum closely follows the FESHE model and the program is accredited by IFSAC. Students will have the opportunity to learn:
At Kaplan University, we value your experience. We work closely with fire academies and fire service associations to set up articulation agreements to help you receive credit for previously completed courses, professional learning, and certifications, allowing you to earn your degree faster and save on tuition.*
Articulation agreements help streamline the process for awarding credit for fire service-related certifications you may have already earned to be considered fit for duty. If you earned your certifications though an organization that is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro Board, including the U.S. Department of Defense Firefighter Certification System, you may be eligible to receive credit toward a Kaplan University degree program.
Eligible certifications include:
Kaplan University also awards credit for professional coursework that has been reviewed by the American Council of Education (ACE). Organizations that offer ACE-evaluated training include:
Select International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) training programs and certifications offered through California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) and California Fire Fighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) are also eligible for credit. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for details.
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Students completing the program and earning their Associate of Science in Fire Science can look for work as fire inspectors, fire investigators, first line supervisors, and managers of firefighting, among other positions.† This program also prepares students who are looking to continue their education with the foundation to earn bachelor's and master's degrees.‡
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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Jun 07, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Aug 23, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Nov 08, 2017
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 90
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
course will offer students the opportunity to examine current issues, social
problems, and existing research related to culturally diverse societies. Emphasis
will be placed on the need for cultural awareness and diversity education, an
enhanced understanding of cultural differences, and a critical thinking and
research approach that correlates with the exploration of diversity as it
relates to criminal justice.
Total Program Credits: 90
This course introduces students to careers in fire and emergency services and the Kaplan University fire and emergency management programs. The field of study, skill sets, and professionalism will be discussed. Students will learn about the historical background of the modern fire service while learning research skills for the future. This course is designed to acclimate the fire science and emergency management student to Kaplan University while providing a solid foundation for success in the fire and emergency services profession.
This course investigates the basic concepts of
fire, its spread, and its control. The course discusses the
nature and properties of the three states of matter, explains the
components of fire, and describes the physical and chemical
properties of fire.
This course explores the fundamentals of
building construction, types of structures, and structure
designs, as well as the impact of building construction on
firefighting. Students will study the forces that impact these
structures and the codes applied to buildings and fire safety.
They will also learn how buildings are constructed and how fire
behaves with various building materials.
This course explores the fundamentals of water
usage in fire protection and explains how hydraulic principles
are employed in the resolution of water supply problems. The
course also discusses the methods used to effectively deliver
water, foam, and other extinguishing agents to the fire
This course describes the principles of fire
protection and system design. Students will explore fire control
and suppression methods, including sprinkler, water spray, water
mist, standpipe, and ultra high-speed water spray systems. The
course also provides an overview of recent fire protection and
This course examines fire avoidance measures,
including fire prevention education, fire safety inspection, fire
code enforcement, and fire investigation. Students will gain an
overview of the procedures and principles of inspections commonly
conducted for control of structures, occupancy, or combined
FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
This course explores firefighting strategy and
tactics, methods of fire attack, and prefire planning. Students
will gain in-depth knowledge of fire control principles as well
as how to utilize personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents
on the fire ground. This course also discusses special situations
such as transportation emergencies and fires, high-rise fires,
below-ground incidents, and confined space
This course provides an overview of fire protection as well as the philosophy and history of fire protection. You will gain an understanding of career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, fire loss analysis, and the organization and function of public and private fire protection services. This course discusses the role of fire departments as part of local governments, as well as fire service laws, regulations, and terminology. There is also an introduction to multiagency planning and operations as related to multialarm incidents, target hazards, and major disasters.
This course examines the fundamentals of occupational health and safety for emergency service agencies. Students will gain knowledge of risk evaluation and control policies for fire stations, emergency vehicles, and training sites as well as for incidents involving fire, hazardous materials, and other EMS responses. Students will also gain knowledge of the basic principles and history to firefighter life safety initiatives.
This course explores the legal issues that
relate to emergency services, such as arson law and legal
responsibilities of emergency services officers, as well as
criminal and civil law. Students will gain an understanding of
laws that impact emergency services management at both the state
and local levels. The course also examines recent case law and
legal decisions that impact emergency services
This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science. This course consists of a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the fire science curriculum. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.
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Total Program Credits: 90
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
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* Kaplan University does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Testing option may not apply to all courses.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
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