BS in Fire Science

The Fire Science major concentrates on the analysis of fire vulnerabilities to reduce losses of life and property in the public and private sectors. It prepares students for careers as fire safety specialists, managers, consultants and entrepreneurs.  

You will:

  • Identify and categorize the core mechanisms of fire growth and suppression
  • Appraise and evaluate the built environment and its relationship to fire growth and suppression
  • Develop and critique fire protection designs
  • Organize and disseminate the policy and processes of fire safety and fire protection


Please see Professor Robert Till, Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management, for advice on selection of courses, meeting the science requirement and choice of electives.


Find resources, including a sample four year advising plan, here.

If you're interested in pursuing a graduate degree in fire protection engineering, you're encouraged to meet with the major coordinator to develop a plan for additional classes to meet the entry requirements. 


The Fire Science major requires one semester of physics, which fulfills the College’s general education requirements in Flexible Core: Scientific World area.


MAT 241 is a prerequisite for PHY 203.

MAT 242 is a prerequisite or co–requisite for PHY 203. These math courses can fulfill the Required Core: Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning area of the College’s general education requirements.

Additional information

If you're enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2020 or thereafter, you must complete the major in the form presented here. If you enrolled prior to that date, you may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin