Associate in Science In Fire Science

Every year, thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths occur in the workplace — most of them in the industrial sector. Fires and explosions account for many of those deaths. Our associate program will prepare you for an immediate career in protecting those who work in this crucial area.

Train in one of the country’s most innovative programs

You won’t find this two-year degree in many other institutions. Our program prepares you for professional work with a unique mix of courses that give you a basic knowledge of fire protection and safety in the industrial environment — that is, manufacturing, construction, and other service-related firms.

Along the way, you’ll also develop a deep appreciation of the hazards, not only to human lives, but also to entire businesses. Damage to equipment and buildings can slow down or even kill a business, having a devastating economic impact on both owners and workers.

Acquire top-notch skills in state-of-the-art fire laboratories.

Out of the classroom and inside our labs, you’ll get the hands-on experience that lets you hit the ground running when you start your career. Modern and well equipped, the labs replicate what happens in real-world situations. You’ll work in:

  • The Fire Dynamics Laboratory. Here, you’ll experiment with burning metals and other materials. See first-hand how certain materials ignite and how they burn as well as how they react with various extinguishing agents.
  • The Fire Detection/Alarm Laboratory. We updated this cutting-edge facility in 2010 to the newly updated NFPA alarm codes. You’ll use it to experiment and understand the details of how a code-compliant alarm system operates.
  • The Sprinkler Laboratory. This is where you’ll have the chance to reset a sprinkler system, trip the valve, and flow water out of whichever head you choose – sidewall, pendant, upright, or deluge-style head.

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Principles Fire Science Technology

    This course provides an overview of fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; and life safety initiatives.

  • Fire Prot Hydraulics & Water Supply

    This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. A study of the fundamentals of water supply including the quantity of pressure needed to provide adequate fire protection, the ability of the existing water system to provide fire protection, and general principles of fire suppression systems.

  • Fire Prevention

    This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation.

  • Building Construction for Fire Protection

    This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. The program will also show those who may design buildings the concerns related to both fire occurrence and the fire service safety.

  • Full List of Courses and Learning Outcomes for Fire Science

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing an Associate in Science in Fire Science, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Fire Science, A.S.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

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    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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