Associate of Science in Fire Science

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If you'd like to prepare for a career with fire service associations or fire academies, you might be interested in Purdue University Global's Associate of Science in Fire Science program. Learn the details about this online associate's degree program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Associate of Science in Fire Science program at Purdue University Global covers topics such as building codes, firefighter safety techniques, arson, and hazardous materials management. The program is also designed to teach students about the difference between flame spread and fire resistance and show them how to analyze best practices for fire protection and investigation and apply scientific research methods in fire science. Opportunities to review major course concepts are provided during the program's capstone course.

What Are the Prerequisites?

An applicant to the Associate of Science in Fire Science program at Purdue University Global should be interested in seeking a public service career and have excellent communication skills. You may be physically strong and capable of thinking on your feet. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To complete the Associate of Science in Fire Science program at Purdue University Global, you must earn 90 credits. You should be prepared to earn 15 core credits, 60 major credits and 15 elective credits.

Core Requirements (15 credits)

Course Code Course Title
CM107College Composition I
CM220College Composition II
MM150

MM212
Survey of Mathematics
OR
College Algebra

Major Requirements (60 credits)

Course Code Course Title
CJ246 Human Relations in a Diverse Society
FS100 Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services
FS101 Fire Behavior and Combustion
FS102 Building Construction for Fire Protection
FS103 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
FS104 Fire Protection Systems
FS105 Fire Prevention Practices
FS201 Strategy and Tactics
FS202 Principles of Emergency Services
FS204 Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services
FS208 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
FS299 Associate's Capstone in Fire Science

Elective Requirements (15 credits)

Course Code Course Title
Open Electives

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Science in Fire Science degree at Purdue University Global could provide you with the abilities and competencies you'll need to pursue positions in fire service. However, more training or education could be required for some fire science careers. Following are a few options you may be able to consider after graduating:

  • Fire investigator
  • First-line supervisor
  • Manager of firefighting workers
  • Fire inspector

Advanced Degrees

If you're thinking about further developing your skills in and knowledge of the fire science field, you may want to pursue a 4-year degree after earning the Associate of Science in Fire Science degree at Purdue University Global. Here are some programs that you might want to consider:

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