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Online Fire Science Degrees and Certificates


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Prepare to Gain a Competitive Edge in the Fire Science Job Market

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The fire field offers diverse and challenging career opportunities including fire prevention, fire response, fire investigation, and fire systems design. Those who earn a degree earn a competitive edge and skills for a successful future. EKU’s fire programs, offered online, are among the most revered in the nation and boast a curriculum and faculty expertise found at only a handful of colleges and universities. EKU graduates are prepared for success in the fire industry.

Prepare for career opportunities including:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire chief
  • Fire investigator
  • Fire marshal
  • Fire protection and prevention systems designer
  • Insurance company consultant

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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
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Benefits of EKU Online

Focused on leadership-building and rooted in the latest science and technology, EKU’s fire degree programs provide the important skills needed to advance your career and offer a competitive edge in the job market.

Program benefits include:

  • Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation commission of ABET, abet.org
  • Nationally renowned instructors are former fire chiefs, fire marshals, engineers and investigators, recognized for their professional achievements and success in the field
  • IFSAC-accredited programs
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin multiple times per year
  • Free text books for undergraduate students
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

EKU’s online fire protection administration program is accredited by IFSAC, the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

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Fire Careers

EKU’s online fire degree programs combine the professional skills of specialized areas of fire safety with the analytical skills needed to help you enhance your qualifications and pursue more challenging responsibilities in fire service agencies and organizations.

Job Opportunities Include:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire chief
  • Fire marshal
  • Fire safety director or officer
  • Building inspector
  • Fire investigator
  • Hazardous materials specialist
  • Insurance company consultant
  • Industrial safety specialist
  • Fire protection and safety engineer
  • Fire protection technician and related occupations

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

Fire Protection Administration

FSE 223 – Fire & Emergency Scene Operations (3)
Principles of Incident Management including emergency scene decisions, strategies, and tactics. Utilizing emergency control resources such as personnel, apparatus & equipment.

FSE 375 – Emergency Service Resource Management (3)
Introduction to management issues related to obtaining and accounting for resources. Included are financial management processes, acquisition strategies, strategies for maintenance of effort and resource prioritization, resource replacement planning and processes to audit program success.

FSE 400 – Advanced Emergency Services (3)
A study of environmental management including the identification and analysis of key managerial issues confronting contemporary fire services managers. Application in current methods and planning, organizing, developing and evaluating public fire/emergency services organizations.

Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation

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 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.

Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology

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 322 – Fire Protection Structures & System Design (3)
Analysis and evaluation of specific code requirements related to the design, inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems. Design projects will be included.

Online Fire Sciences Degrees & Certificates

BS in Fire Protection Administration

EKU’s 100% online bachelor’s degree in fire protection administration combines the latest fire science and technology to provide graduates with the knowledge and managerial skill sets needed for successful leadership in fire-fighting operations. Graduates are positioned to pursue advanced degrees and gain a competitive edge in the job market.

BS in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology

EKU’s 100% online fire protection & safety engineering technology bachelor’s degree prepares you to use your knowledge of fire prevention and suppression to design and recommend equipment to assist organizations in safeguarding life and property against fire, explosion and related hazards.

BS in Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation

EKU’s online fire, arson & explosion investigation bachelor’s degree provides students with the scientific and investigative skills needed to determine the cause and criminal nature of fires and explosions. This 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.

Certificate in Industrial Fire Protection

EKU’s 100% online industrial fire protection certificate provides students with the skill set needed to protect life and property. This program combines the latest fire technology and expert instruction to offer students a competitive edge in the job market.

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About Our University

Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as being one of the best online colleges in the nation.

Eastern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized public university located in Richmond, Kentucky. Established in 1874, EKU strives to make quality education available to everyone. A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 50 online programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, College of Education & Applied Human Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety & Military Science.