Welcome to the Department of Fire Science and Professional Studies.
The United States continues to be ranked among those countries worldwide that suffer the highest degree of destruction to life and property from fire. Arson/fraud fire problems contribute to such statistics at an alarming rate.
Unnecessary loss of life and property has triggered a rapidly growing need for professionals with fire science degrees. The municipal fire service is only one part of the demand for individuals with specialized education in this multi-disciplined field. Career opportunities in the public sector include those for municipal firefighters, fire inspectors, fire investigators, fire technicians, and fire protection engineers. Private-sector careers include those of industrial firefighters, fire protection specialists, fire protection engineers, fire investigators, and loss-control consultants. Government, business, fire equipment manufacturers and vendors, and the insurance industry are all potential employers for those with fire science degrees.
The University offers five undergraduate degrees and four certificate programs designed for those entering the exciting field of fire science. Classroom lectures, laboratory sessions, case studies and field trips are combined to give the student the broadest possible exposure to the area of study. Internships allow the student to obtain real-life work experience in this specialized field.The University also offers graduate certificate programs and a master's degree in fire science for those who have completed their bachelor's degree.