Fire science prepares students for careers in firefighting, fire prevention and suppression, fire investigation or administration. Many community colleges offer classes in fire science, and some offer degree programs. A number of schools also offer a fire science major as a part of a traditional bachelor's degree program.
University of New Haven
The University of New Haven has a fire science program that is one of the largest in the country. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the school offers a bachelor's degree in fire science with concentrations in fire administration, fire and arson investigation, and fire science technology. The school advertises state-of-the-art facilities like a fire investigation lab and fire dynamics lab for hands-on experience. Fire science students take classes from the university's core curriculum as well as the required coursed for fire science major and a concentration.
City University of New York
The John Jay School of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York offers a Bachelor of Science in fire science. The major has several prerequisites in math and science, including chemistry and physics. Students focus on a core curriculum of courses in subjects like fire dynamics and emergency response, and students choose from a number of electives in courses like water-based fire suppression systems and fire investigation.
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University offers several majors in fire science both online and at its campus in Richmond, Kentucky. Majors that students can choose from include fire, arson and explosion investigation, fire protection administration and fire protection and safety engineering technology. The school describes each program as providing a broad-based understanding of fire science with specializations suited to your chosen career path.
University of Idaho
The fire ecology and management degree at the University of Idaho was the first of its kind and is still one of only three programs in the country to focus on wildfires. Students have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience fighting wildfires and studying their impact in labs and outdoors. The program also partners with state, local and federal agencies that work in the area. Graduates often go on to work with government agencies, non-profits, and businesses that work in the field.
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