Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science

A team of firefightersKaplan 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.

Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Program Highlights

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:

  • Analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation
  • Disaster and fire defense planning
  • The role of the fire service within the community

Fire Academy and Fire Service Association Articulation Agreements

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:

  • Fire Fighter II
  • Fire Service Instructor I, II, and III
  • Fire Officer I, II, and III
  • Hazardous Materials-Technician
  • And many more

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:

  • Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI)
  • National Fire Academy (NFA)

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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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

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.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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January 04, 2017

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March 22, 2017

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June 07, 2017

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November 08, 2017

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 15

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 60

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CJ 246: HUMAN RELATIONS IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • FS 100: INTRODUCTION TO FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • FS 101: FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • FS 102: BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR FIRE PROTECTION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      FS 101

    • FS 103: FIRE PROTECTION HYDRAULICS AND WATER SUPPLY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      FS 101

    • FS 104: FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      FS 101

    • FS 105: FIRE PREVENTION PRACTICES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

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

    • FS 201: STRATEGY AND TACTICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      FS 101

    • FS 202: PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY SERVICES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

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

    • FS 204: OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      FS 101

    • FS 208: LEGAL ASPECTS OF EMERGENCY SERVICES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

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

    • FS 299: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE IN FIRE SCIENCE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 15

    Total Program Credits: 90

Curriculum: Concentration

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