BSAST Degree in Fire Protection Science

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST) degree in Fire Protection Science is designed for professional and volunteer firefighters and individuals employed in fire protection, prevention and arson investigation. The program enables mid-career adults in a wide range of applied fields meet their educational and professional needs while completing a baccalaureate degree. The BSAST degree in Fire Protection Science is a 120-credit program.

Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College Algebra (MAT-121) or above
  • Higher Level Mathematics above College Algebra
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 21
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Statistics (STA-201)
  • Technical Writing (ENG-201)
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics I
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Ethics or Diversity Elective
D. General Education Electives 15
II. Area of Study: Fire Protection Science 42
A. Introduction to Fire Protection/Fire Science 3
B. Fire Protection and Fire Prevention
  • Fire Protection Theory and Application Industrial Fire Prevention
  • Fire Prevention Programs Fire Prevention and Inspection
  • Fire Causes and Hazards Fire and Safety Risk Analysis
  • Community Fire Protection Planning
C. Hazardous Materials
  • Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
  • Transportation & Industrial Fire Hazards
D. Fire Detection and Suppression Systems
  • Fire Extinguishing and Alarm Systems
E. Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics 3
F. Fire/Arson Investigation 3
G. Building Construction
  • Fire Protection in Building Construction
  • Codes and Ordinances
  • Graphics and Blueprint Reading
H. Fire Protection Electives
  • Materials Science or Engineering Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Department Organization & Administration
  • Fire Incident Command
  • Fire Safety Education (up to 3 credits)
  • Occupational Safety and Health (up to 3 credits)
  • Fire Protection Inspector or Subcode Official (up to 3 credits)
  • Fire Fighting Strategy and Tactics (up to 3 credits)
I. Current Trends and Applications 3
III. Free Electives 15
Total 120

*Must include at least two subject areas.

  • Required Courses: Introduction to Fire Protection/Fire Science, Fire Protection and Prevention (three courses), Hazardous Materials (two courses), Fire Detection and Suppression, Hydraulics, Arson Investigation, Building Codes and Construction, Current Trends and Applications
  • Corollary Requirements: Chemistry I and II, Physics I, Computer Requirement, Statistics, College Algebra
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: Most of the courses required for the area of study are available by independent study and distance education courses from other universities or through the National Fire Academy Open Learning Program.

Note: Courses listed in the Area of Study are offered as a guide. Other courses may also be considered appropriate for the program. The inclusion of similar courses must be reviewed by the Evaluation team. Students must submit their program plan for review to ensure that course selection is appropriate for the degree.

Leverage Your Training

Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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