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Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and FESHE institution. The fire science bachelor’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.
If you are looking to enhance your career in fire services or pursue a career in the field, Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Fire Science may be the right choice to help you reach your goal.* Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The fire science degree program closely follows the FESHE national curriculum and is designed to provide you with foundational skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics.
Additionally, Kaplan University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received programmatic accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) for the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science.
Students of the degree program are assessed each term 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 Bachelor of Science in Fire Science prepares graduates to pursue or enhance a career in fire services. The curriculum closely follows the FESHE model and the program is IFSAC accredited. Graduates 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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The degree serves fire service professionals seeking enhanced skills and a broad spectrum of knowledge in the field of fire science. It may be a good fit for individuals aspiring to become firefighters, fire inspectors, fire investigators, first line supervisors, or managers of firefighters. The program can also help prepare graduates looking to pursue graduate-level education.‡
Eligible students in this bachelor's degree program who want to continue on to pursue a master's degree within an area of legal studies may be interested in the accelerated master's degree option. Students complete graduate-level courses within this undergraduate plan of study. Once accepted to the master's degree program, students transfer in the graduate courses and matriculate into a shortened degree plan. This accelerated option allows students to complete both their bachelor's degree and master's degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Accelerated options are offered for the following programs. Qualification for accelerated options is subject to eligibility requirements.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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May 18, 2016
Online Start Date
Aug 03, 2016
Online Start Date
Oct 19, 2016
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: 180
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.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
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: 180
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 analyzes fire ignition dynamics,
flame spread, and room fire growth. Students explore all aspects
of incident investigation, financial management, and other
functions related to fire analysis and
This course provides an advanced analysis of
firefighter life safety initiatives as well as an evaluation of
the behavioral changes necessary in emergency services. Through
case studies and scenarios, students develop the effective
decision-making skills that are necessary for survival in fire
and related emergency situations.
This course analyzes theories for
understanding ethical, social, organizational, political, and
legal aspects of community risk reduction for fire and EMS
agencies. Students will learn to utilize common methods for
developing effective and comprehensive community risk-reduction
This course explores the modern management and
planning techniques that are utilized to organize a fire
department. Students will examine fire department organization
and management through community risk reduction, codes and
standards, inspections, plan review, incident investigation, fire
prevention research, and the relationship of master planning to
This course explains various aspects of the government’s role in public safety as well as the American legal system, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) operations, employment and personnel issues, and emergency officials’ roles. The course also discusses legislative and political influence in fire and EMS.
FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
This course examines the evolution of
organizational and leadership dynamics in fire and EMS agencies.
Students will examine common aspects of organizational behavior
and leadership, including organizational development,
communications, decision making, and stress and conflict
This course explores current research methods
utilized in the analysis of fire-related data. Students will gain
an in-depth understanding of methods used to conduct and evaluate
independent research in fire dynamics, test standards, safety,
modeling, structural safety, firefighter health and safety,
automatic detection and suppression systems, and transportation
fire hazards. The course also introduces research methods for
risk analysis and trend identification.
This course examines fundamental issues in
personnel administration and human resource development in fire
and EMS agencies. Students will explore concepts and
responsibilities such as management, organizational development
and training, employee recruitment, selection, and productivity,
as well as performance management and labor
This course is designed as the culminating experience of the bachelor’s degree programs in fire science. This course consists of a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the fire science curricula. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.
Last term or permission from the
Total Program Credits: 180
Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.
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 cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† 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.
‡ 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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