Associate of Science in Fire Science
American Public University System

Program Details

Advance your career in firefighting, fire inspection, arson investigation, and other public safety positions with a Fire Science associate’s degree online. This degree gives students a scientific understanding of fire behavior, prevention, suppression, and equipment.

Classes take a look at why fires start and spread and how they can be controlled. The curriculum also covers the history and philosophy of fire prevention bureaus, fire codes, and identification and correction of fire hazards. Students will examine the responsibilities of the fire department as a public organization.

Some of the course topics covered in this major include:

  • Fire behavior and combustion
  • Fire prevention
  • Fire and emergency services safety and survival
  • Fire protection in building construction
  • Fire protection hydraulics and water supply


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • College Readiness Assessment (waived for students with 9 or more college credits)
  • Official transcripts

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission