Fire Science

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Fire Science provides a foundation in study of fire science, and introduces the essentials of fire behavior and combustion, fire prevention and protection systems, emergency services, and safety and survival. This online program follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Model Curriculum (FESHE), as outlined by the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Academy. This certificate program is applicable to a variety of career fields including firefighting, fire inspection, and arson investigation, where skilled, knowledgeable professionals are in demand.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online undergraduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Fire behavior and combustion, including fuel sources
  • Physical and chemical properties of fire
  • Fire suppression methods
  • Fire prevention, with reference to legalities and fire hazards
  • Fire safety education and fire inspections
  • Fire protection and fire protection systems
  • Building construction and fire protection
  • Hydraulics and water supplies in fire suppression

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who seek to expand their knowledge of fire science without committing to a degree program. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explain the chemistry components of combustion and how combustion is managed through science.
  • Identify the various fire protection systems currently used in today’s building protection system.
  • Identify construction methods and types of construction.
  • Demonstrate use of risk analysis for a geographical community.
  • Define the national fire flow formula for proper building protection and water supply.

 

 

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.