BS in Fire and Emergency Management

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The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program at Kaplan University offers you an opportunity to gain an understanding of the operation and management of fire and emergency service agencies. Learn more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program offers students the opportunity to learn about the physical and chemical properties of fire, fire prevention, fire safety inspections and code enforcement, firefighting strategies and tactics, extinguishing agents, firefighter safety and survival skills, and multiagency planning for major disasters. Students can also study the ethical and legal aspects of fire and emergency services, fire department management, community risk reduction, leadership and management skills for the field and the agency, and safety risk management for fire and EMS agencies. The program is modeled after the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) standardized curriculum and includes a capstone project.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program should have an interest in emergency preparedness and response agencies. 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 Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program consists of 180 credit requirements. In addition to 100 major credits, you need to fulfill 33 core credits and 47 open elective credits.

Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Requirements

  • Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services
  • Fire Prevention Practices
  • Principles of Emergency Services
  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Ethics for the Fire and Emergency Services
  • Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
  • Preparedness and Planning for Emergency Management
  • Emergency Management Response
  • Crisis Management in Terrorist Attacks and Disasters
  • Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS
  • Recovery Practices in Emergency Management
  • Fire Prevention Organization and Management
  • Political, Ethical, and Legal Foundations of EMS
  • Leadership and Management
  • Personnel Management for Fire and EMS
  • Mitigation and Risk Assessment in Emergency Management
  • Disaster Policy in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Fire Science
  • 100/200 Level: Communication Course
  • 100/200 Level: Mathematics Course
  • 200 Level: Communication Course
  • 300/400 Level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 300/400 Level: Physical Science Course
  • 300/400 Level: Social Science Course

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program, you could pursue entry-level and leadership roles in fire, emergency, emergency preparedness, and emergency medical service agencies. Positions you may be able to pursue could include:

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency planner
  • Emergency program manager

Advanced Degrees

After completing the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program at Kaplan University, you may wish to further your education by pursuing a master's degree. Earning a master's degree in a related field can provide you with additional skills and knowledge which could lead to additional career options. Some master's degrees related to fire and emergency management include:

  • Master of Science in Fire Science and Administration
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management