Fire Science Residency Requirements

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Residency Requirements

Four courses in the EKU Online Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation curriculum require students to travel to the EKU Fire Labs in Richmond, Kentucky for intensive, hands-on sessions. 

This residency requirement, which will take place over two summers, will give you unprecedented opportunities to engage with your online classmates and instructors. Each summer, you will enroll in two course simultaneously. Each course will include online work completed at home before and after the campus visit. Note that Summer Residency I must be completed before Summer Residency II. Contact your advisor to learn more.

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Residency I

FSE 380: Fire & Explosion Scene Analysis
In-depth study of fire, arson and explosive investigations, including the principles and techniques of scene preservation, analysis, management of investigations, documentation of the scene and determination of cause and origin. Prerequisite course: FSE 370.

FSE 450: Advanced Explosion & Bombing Investigation
In-depth study of explosion scene investigation, including the principles and techniques of scene preservation analysis, management of investigative functions, documentation of scene and determination of the cause of explosions. Prerequisite course: FSE 480. Your advisor will have to enter approval to take courses consecutively.


Each Residency Period Lasts 7 Days
  • Summer 2021: June 7 - 13, 2021 Travel Days June 6 and 14
  • Summer 2022: June 13 - 19, 2022 Travel Days June 12 and 20
  • Summer 2023: June 12 - 18, 2023Travel Days June 11 and 19
  • Summer 2024: June 10 - 16, 2024 Travel Days June 9 and 17
  • Summer 2025: June 9 - 15, 2025Travel Days June 8 and 16

Residency II

FSE 370: Electrical & Mechanical Systems Failure Analysis
Overview of design criteria for electrical and mechanical systems and components relative to fire safety via laboratory experiments, exemplar components and photographs that depict system and component failures that result in fire. Learning opportunities include engaging in destructive and non-destructive analysis of components and systems.

FSE 495: Fire, Arson & Explosion Case Preparation
Preparation of the fire, arson, and explosion case for trial, including preparation of demonstrative evidence, scene documentation for presentation, rules of evidence, case review and analysis and testimony. Prerequisite course: FSE 450

FSE 496: Fire Investigation Case Preparation
Preparation of the fire, explosion, and arson case for trial, including preparation of demonstrative evidence, scene documentation for presentation, and testimony. Prerequisite course: FSE 450


Each Residency Period Lasts 7 Days
  • Summer 2021: July 12 - 18, 2021Travel Days July 11 and 19
  • Summer 2022: July 11 - 17, 2022Travel Days July 10 and 18
  • Summer 2023: July 10 - 16, 2023 Travel Days July 9 and 17
  • Summer 2024: July 8 - 14, 2024 Travel Days July 7 and 15
  • Summer 2025: July 7 - 13, 2025 Travel Days July 6 and 14

Lodging Information

There are two options for lodging: you can choose to stay in a residence hall room on campus or book a hotel room. The rates listed are subject to change.

Residence Hall

EKU residence hall rooms will be made available to EKU Online students. Those who choose this option must follow campus housing rules, which means that family members and others are NOT allowed to stay the night. 

Next Steps:
Students who want to stay on campus should contact Christy Templeton at as soon as possible so that she can provide additional information. For more information regarding housing on campus, please contact Dave Scott at


Hampton Inn
$96 + tax per night (EKU Friends and Family Rate)

Comfort Suites
$89 + tax per night

Best Western (No sprinklers)
$85 + tax per night

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