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Bachelor of Science in Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation



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EKU Online > Online Fire Science Degrees & Certificates > Bachelor of Science in Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation

Train for Interagency Collaboration and Gain a Competitive Edge in the Job Market

EKU’s comprehensive fire, arson and explosion investigation degree is one of only a handful of specialized programs in the nation. This unique program provides students with the scientific and investigative skills needed to determine the cause and criminal nature of fires and explosions.

The EKU Online program includes unique, hands-on fire, arson and explosion investigation experiences on Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond, Kentucky campus. Students will be on-campus for one week during two consecutive summer sessions for this residency. View summer session and residency requirements here.       

Career Outlook

Employment of fire inspectors and investigators is projected to grow 6 percent by 2031.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Common Job Titles for Fire Graduates

Leadership within the fire industry will be increasingly important to ensure operations run smoothly and the emergency needs of communities are met.

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Job Titles Include:

  • ATF Agent
  • Fire investigator
  • Fire marshal
  • Building inspector


Where Have EKU Fire Graduates Worked?

Fire science is a dynamic, multidisciplinary field of study that prepares students for a wide range of career options.
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Employers Include:

  • Indiana State Fire Marshal
  • LaBella Associates Construction Engineering Company
  • City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Forensic Fire Consultants, Ltd.

EKU Online Career Services

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Benefits of EKU Online

Focused on leadership building and rooted in the latest science and technology, EKU’s fire, arson and explosion investigation degree provides the skills needed to determine the cause of fires and explosions as well as the management of crime scenes and the investigative process.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • IFSAC-accredited programs
  • Nationally renowned instructors comprised of former fire chiefs, fire marshals, engineers and investigators, prominent for their professional achievements and success in the field
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members and their spouses
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

EKU’s online Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation program is accredited by IFSAC, the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

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Minors & Certificates

Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits. Suggested minors available online for this program include:

  • Fire, Arson & Investigation
  • Fire Protection Administration
  • Occupational Safety

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree. Suggested online certificates for Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation include:

  • Industrial Fire Protection

View the full list of certificates available for completion as you earn your degree


EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through topics such as fire behavior, crime scene management and investigation processes. Students also gain two weeks of critical hands-on training at our lab in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits are required to graduate with a bachelor degree, including 42 upper-division credits.

View the fire, arson & explosion investigation program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 hours of credit from accredited institutions. Please note that a minimum of 30 credit hours in this degree program must be completed at Eastern Kentucky University.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Credit for Prior Learning

The EKU Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Science recognizes that your previous coursework, training and work experience could potentially meet or exceed what is required for some college courses.

You may have an opportunity to receive credit for these experiences through a portfolio assessment. Credit can be applied to bachelor’s degree programs in:

  • Fire, arson and explosion investigation
  • Fire protection administration
  • Fire protection and safety engineering technology

Requests for assessment will be reviewed by EKU faculty and subject matter experts. Once your request is approved, you will be asked to prepare a portfolio of documents to demonstrate that the competence you gained meets EKU’s student learning objectives.

To qualify, students must:

  • Be admitted, enrolled and seeking an EKU fire protection degree
  • Have completed 12 credit hours at EKU
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be able to demonstrate competency in the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) of the specific course they would like to have evaluated for academic credit

For more information, contact Enrollment Advisor Jordan Tayce at or 859-622-7964.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

FSE 330 – Principles of Criminal Investigation (3)
A detailed study of the investigative procedure as it applies to fire, arson, explosion and other personal property crimes.

FSE 380 – Analysis of Fire & Explosion Scenes (3)
An in-depth study of fire and arson investigations. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and techniques of scene preservation, failure analysis, report writing, and determination of cause and origin.

FSE 450 – Advanced Explosion & Bombing Investigation (3)
An in-depth study of explosion scene investigation. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and techniques of scene preservation analysis, management of investigative functions, documentation of scene, and determination of the cause of explosions.

FSE 495 – Fire Arson & Explosion Case Preparation (3)
Preparation of the fire, explosion, and arson case for trial, including preparation of demonstrative evidence, scene documentation for presentation, and testimony.


Jordan Tayce

Jordan Tayce

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Jordan Tayce for information about the EKU Online Fire Science Programs.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

The best thing about the EKU Online program is the professors. They communicate with you. They make themselves accessible to you. And a lot of them are working in the field so they have background experience. 

Mary MaurathEKU Online Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation Graduate

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

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  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
  • “I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.” – EKU Online Psychology student Jason Tate
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