Fire Science - Graduate Courses

FS 625 Chemistry of Fires and Explosions
An examination of the basic organic chemistry and combustion and explosive properties of flammable materials. The chemical principles underlying fires and explosions. Chemical properties of various synthetic materials and the products of their combustion. Fire retardant materials and chemicals used in fire extinguishment. (See also CH 625 and FOR 625).

FS 631 Organization and Management of Public Fire Protection
A presentation of modern management principles and techniques to the organization and delivery of the array of services that communities have come to expect from the fire service. The traditional and evolving roles of the fire service to protection, prevention, risk analysis and community service are also considered.

FS 632 Strategic Planning for the Fire Service
The application of systematic long range or "master" planning in determining the types and levels of community fire service. As part of this course each student will develop a strategic plan for a public safety organization using one of the commonly accepted approaches to strategic planning in the public domain.

FS 633 Issues in Public Safety Professional Responsibility
This course addresses the unique ethical problems and environments in which public safety services are delivered. Specific issues to be covered include: public safety discretion, codes of conduct and discipline, and the ethical exercise of the "public trust." Investigation of the ways in which organizations can anticipate and plan for ethical problems.

FS 634 Issues in Public Safety Management
Provides public safety professionals with a broad view of current topics in the field. Utilizing lectures, discussions and case studies, the course will consider the results of applying the principles of modern public management practices and principles in a public safety context.

FS 649 Fire Scene Investigation and Arson Analysis
The techniques of crime scene documentation and investigation as they relate to fire and explosion scenes. Evidence recognition and collection. Laboratory analysis of fire scene, arson accelerant and explosion scene residues. Scientific proof of arson. Laboratory fee required. 4 credits. (See also CJ 649).

FS 650 Arson for Profit
This course provides an overview of the financial techniques needed to investigate arson-for-profit fires, with an emphasis on sources of information, identification and analysis of financial documents.

FS 661 Systems Approach to Fire Safety
The systems approach to fire safety as used by fire protection engineers, fire science technicians and fire administrators in analyzing and designing fire safety in buildings. Considers the various routes that can be followed to achieve low budget, logical, cost-effective ways of accomplishing predetermined fire safety goals.

FS 663 Fire Protection Systems Application
A study of the application of various fire protection systems and programs to fire/life safety problems. An in-depth review of certain fire protection codes and standards and the proper interpretation of each will be included. Use of codes and standards to determine specific protection requirements will be emphasized.

FS 664 Terrorism
A detailed discussion and review of the consequences of terrorism and the offensive measures taken by emergency response organizations to prevent, deter and respond to terrorism incidents.

FS 665 Legal Aspects of Fire and Arson Investigation
The legal principles underlying and governing the conduct of criminal investigations, with particular emphasis on arson. The criminal law relating to arson, establishment of the crime, investigation and prosecution procedures in arson cases.

FS 666 Industrial Fire Protection
Prepares fire professionals to make decisions on various fire protection schemes in industry and other commercial property situations. Since fire protection responsibilities are often delegated to the occupational safety or security manager, the course provides background in fire protection for these individuals.

FS 667 Fire and Building Codes, Standards and Practices
The study of building and fire codes and regulations as they relate to the prevention and incidence of structural fires. Contemporary building and fire codes and practices, and their enforcement. Model building codes. Fire prevention and control through building design. (See also CJ 667).

FS 668 Fire and Casualty Insurance Practices
A study of financial risk and decision making. Insurance rate making and relation to risk and other factors. Insurance adjustment and economic factors that must be considered in fire and accident investigations. (See also CJ 668).

FS 669 Dynamics, Evaluation and Prevention of Structural Fires
A detailed analysis of the factors and physical processes that govern the growth and spread of fire and its products within a structure. Includes a review and an evaluation of national, state and local fire loss data leading to the development of fire prevention strategies. (See also CJ 669).

FS 670 Selected Topics
An examination and evaluation of the current and future problems faced by today's fire, public safety, insurance and security professionals.

FS 681 Seminar/Research Project in Public Safety Management I
Prerequisite: 18 undergraduate/graduate hours in a public safety discipline or permission of the program coordinator. Problems in public safety management and current techniques being used to deal with them. Requires a supervised research project directly related to the topic and weekly meetings with faculty throughout the term. Format for course may vary; a three-day specially scheduled seminar may be included.

FS 682 Seminar/Research Project in Public Safety Management II
A second course in the field of public safety management. See FS 681 for course description.

FS 683 Seminar/Research Project on Comparative Public Safety Systems
Prerequisite: 18 undergraduate/graduate hours in a public safety discipline or permission of the program coordinator. Examination, assessment and comparison of various approaches used in protecting the public's health and safety. Current management approaches to public safety problems. Requires a supervised research project directly related to the topic and weekly meetings with faculty throughout the term. Format for course may vary; a three-day specially scheduled seminar may be included.

FS 684 Fire Scene Reconstruction
Application of the principles of reconstruction of the scene, including fire behavior, fire pattern analysis, ignition mechanisms, interpretation of human behavior, and fire scene analysis. Emphasis on scene documentation, origin and cause determination, preparation of reports, arson motives, rendering of advisory opinions to assist in the resolution of disputes affecting life and property. (See also CJ 684.)

FS 690 Research Project
Prerequisite: 30 graduate credit hours. A major research project under the supervision of the director of the fire science program.

FS 693 Internship
The student's formal educational development complemented by field experience in various fire science settings or agencies. Under faculty supervision, the student engages in field experience and produces a comprehensive project report analyzing the internship experience.

FS 695 Independent Study
A directed, independent learning experience with the topic and format to be agreed upon by the student and supervising faculty.

FS 698 Thesis I
Prerequisite: 15 graduate hours. Periodic meetings and discussions of the individual student's progress in the preparation of a thesis.

FS 699 Thesis II
A continuation of Thesis I.