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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.
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 includes:
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Students completing the program and earning their Associate of Science in Fire Science can look for work as firefighters, 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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Mar 26, 2014
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Jun 11, 2014
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
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.
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
course provides students with an overview of fire protection as well as the
philosophy and history of fire protection. Students 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. Students will also be introduced to multiagency planning and
operations as related to multialarm incidents, target hazards, and major
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
If you plan on pursuing a bachelor’s degree, MM 212: College Algebra should be taken as an open elective. MM 212 is the required math course in the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for active-duty servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
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* 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.