AAS in Fire Science

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The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program at Kaplan University is designed for students interested in firefighter safety and fire prevention. Learn more about Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's online Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program gives students the opportunity to study the physical and chemical properties of fire, building codes and how they relate to fire safety, and how fire interacts with building materials. Students can learn about methods of delivering water, foam, and various extinguishing instruments to fire scenes, methods of fire control and suppression, fire code enforcement, and fire investigation. Coursework includes pre-fire planning, the utilization of personnel and equipment at fire scenes, and a capstone project.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you would like to apply to the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program, you should be interested in the legal and technical aspects of fire safety and prevention. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program consists of 90 credits. The credit requirements are divided up as 15 core credits, 15 open elective credits, and 60 major credits.

Fire Science Core and Major Course Requirements

  • Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services
  • Fire Behavior and Combustion
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fire Prevention Practices
  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Principles of Emergency Services
  • Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services
  • Hazardous Materials Chemistry
  • Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
  • Associate's Capstone in Fire Science
  • 100/200 Level: Communication Course
  • 100/200 Level: Mathematics Course
  • 200 Level: Communication Course

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program, you could pursue various entry-level positions in fire safety and prevention. Local fire departments may have additional testing or educational requirements. Some positions you may choose to pursue include:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire safety officer
  • Fire investigator

Advanced Degrees

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program at Kaplan University can also assist you in preparing for undergraduate studies. Earning a bachelor's degree in a fire related field can provide you with additional knowledge and skills in fire prevention and safety that may offer additional career options. Below are some bachelor's degrees that you may be interested in:

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration