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  • Curriculum: Standard Track

    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This 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. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    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 students
    a 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. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    CJ 246: HUMAN RELATIONS IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY (5 Credits)

    This 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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 100: INTRODUCTION TO FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 101: FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 102: BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR FIRE PROTECTION (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 103: FIRE PROTECTION HYDRAULICS AND WATER SUPPLY (5 Credits)

    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 scene.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 104: FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    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 suppression developments.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 105: FIRE PREVENTION PRACTICES (5 Credits)

    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 purposes.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 201: STRATEGY AND TACTICS (5 Credits)

    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 incidents.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 202: PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY SERVICES (5 Credits)

    This 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 disasters. 

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 204: OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES (5 Credits)

    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. 

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 208: LEGAL ASPECTS OF EMERGENCY SERVICES (5 Credits)

    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 agencies.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 301: FIRE INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    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 investigation.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 302: ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF FIREFIGHTER SAFETY AND SURVIVAL (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 304: COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION FOR FIRE AND EMS (6 Credits)

    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 plans.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 401: FIRE PREVENTION ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    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 fire prevention.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 402: POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL FOUNDATIONS OF EMS (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 403: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    This course examines the knowledge and skills needed to become a responsible leader and manage a crew of firefighters. Topics include leadership and management, specifically managing budgets, personnel, and standard operating procedures. The course also analyzes challenges related to the creation of a team environment, situational leadership, and ethical decision making.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 412: SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT FOR FIRE AND EMS (6 Credits)

    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 management.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 413: RESEARCH ANALYSIS FOR FIRE EMERGENCY SERVICES (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 414: PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT FOR FIRE AND EMS (6 Credits)

    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 relations.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    FS 498: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN FIRE SCIENCE (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 115
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (32 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 32
    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.

    Prior Degree

    Comparable Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree (90 Credits)

    Total Prior Degree Credits: 90
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.

    Prerequisites

    FS 101: FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 105: FIRE PREVENTION PRACTICES (5 Credits)

    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 purposes.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 201: STRATEGY AND TACTICS (5 Credits)

    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 incidents.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Core

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This 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. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    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 students
    a 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. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    FS 301: FIRE INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    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 investigation.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 302: ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF FIREFIGHTER SAFETY AND SURVIVAL (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 304: COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION FOR FIRE AND EMS (6 Credits)

    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 plans.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 401: FIRE PREVENTION ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    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 fire prevention.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 402: POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL FOUNDATIONS OF EMS (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 403: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    This course examines the knowledge and skills needed to become a responsible leader and manage a crew of firefighters. Topics include leadership and management, specifically managing budgets, personnel, and standard operating procedures. The course also analyzes challenges related to the creation of a team environment, situational leadership, and ethical decision making.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 412: SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT FOR FIRE AND EMS (6 Credits)

    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 management.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 413: RESEARCH ANALYSIS FOR FIRE EMERGENCY SERVICES (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 101

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 414: PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT FOR FIRE AND EMS (6 Credits)

    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 relations.

    Prerequisites Required: FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    FS 498: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN FIRE SCIENCE (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (12 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 12
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master’s degree option will take two graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    Tuition & Fees: Standard Track

    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. 

    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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