Students interested in pursuing a career in fire science, emergency management, or fire administration can now earn an online bachelor’s degree in fire science from the Worldwide Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The program, one of few certified by the National Fire Academy’s Fire Emergency Services Higher Education program, is open to students beginning Oct. 15.
The Bachelor of Science program is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of leadership and administration of fire service organizations. All students will complete coursework in English, humanities, economics, lab science, math, computer science, meteorology, and research methods. Courses common to all fire science students cover topics including fire dynamics, fire protection, fire prevention, community risk reduction, disaster planning and control, and issues in hazardous materials management.
Students can choose from one of two specializations: aviation emergency management or fire and emergency services. Students who choose the aviation emergency management specialization will take courses in aviation legislation, airport development and operations, corporate and business aviation, aviation safety, and aircraft accident investigation. Students pursuing the fire and emergency services specialization will take courses covering topics including fire-related human behavior, fire investigation and analysis, political and legal foundations of fire protection, terrorism, and occupational safety and health program management.
Students can expect to pay between $250 and $350 per credit hour for tuition in addition to books and fees. The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program requires completion of 120 credits.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
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