The Fire Science program focuses on fire prevention and fire protection principles and techniques. Students also take general education courses, including human behavior and written and oral communication. All FIS-designated coursework is aligned with FESHE Standards; the program covers material on the most recent developments in the field and provides excellent preparation for those who work in occupations such as fire protection or insurance underwriting.
Graduates of this program should be able to:
- Explain the history and basic principles of the fire service including the supervision and management necessary for leadership and administration in the fire service;
- Provide an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through the utilization of personnel, equipment and extinguishing agents on the fire ground;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fire development, prevention, investigation and cause;
- Apply theoretical knowledge of hydraulic principles to solving water supply problems for fire protection;
- Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills with supervisors, peers and the public;
- Use knowledge of building construction principles, fire protection systems and fire prevention codes to affect safer occupancies; and
- Identify hazardous materials, hazardous properties and successful emergency scene operations.