Fire Science

Undergraduate Certificate in Industrial Fire Protection


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Give Yourself a Competitive Edge in the Industry

EKU’s online industrial fire protection certificate provides students with the skill sets needed to protect life and property. EKU combines the latest technology and expert instruction to offer students a competitive edge in the job market.

Career Outlook

Employment of firefighters will increase by 4 percent from 2021 to 2031 and employment of fire inspectors and hazardous materials workers is projected to grow 6 percent in the same time period

— 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:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire investigator
  • Fire marshal
  • Fire safety director or officer


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.

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

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  • 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 curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as fire safety and prevention, fire behavior and combustion, and occupational health and safety.

  • 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
  • No campus visits required
  • 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

This certificate requires a grade of “C” or better in 24 hours of required courses and 6 hours of specialized practicum. 


EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through topics such as fire behavior, prevention, response and investigation.

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Degree Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required to graduate.

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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.

Sample Courses

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

 FSE 101 – Fire Prevention (3)
An introduction to fire and safety related codes; fire prevention methods; mechanical systems; and engineering solutions for hazards. An in-depth look at the Life Safety Code, the function and testing of fire related building components.

FSE 120 – Fire Behavior & Combustion (3)
Introduction to the chemistry and dynamics of fire; including basic terminology and concepts that are applied to the physical and chemical properties of the development and spread of fire in a structure; hazardous materials and the Computer Fire Analysis.

FSE 221 – Fire Protection Systems (3)
Introduction to fire detection, protection, control systems and extinguishment. Fixed and portable systems of the following types will be studied: automatic sprinklers, standpipes, dry chemical, foam, halogenated agents, fire alarm systems and diction.

FSE 305 – Fire Protection and Hazardous Materials (3)
Study of hazardous material problems in transportation, storage, and use. Chemical properties relating to specific reactions, engineering controls, and control in an emergency situation. Emphasis on the role of pre‑emergency planning, combating, coordinating, and controlling a hazardous materials incident.


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

When I found out that EKU had an online degree program, I jumped on it. I truly feel this opportunity has helped me hone my career goals. I have learned to pursue exactly what I want and to set goals that challenge me to go higher than I previously thought possible.

David SampleEKU Online Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Student
David Sample

EKU Fire & Safety Engineering Technology Program

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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 $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 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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