Program Overview

Firefighters undergo extensive physical, educational and equipment training to prepare to save lives from fires. However, firefighters are not the only people responsible for saving lives from fires. Most of the work done in connection with fires is preventative, which is why buildings are built to a certain code to prevent needless loss of life from smoke or fire if someone is in a building during an event. Buildings are designed for the purpose of being as flame resistant as possible and public buildings are required to have extensive fire safety equipment, including alarms, extinguishers, and water sprinklers. The work required to design and apply these systems is done by specialized engineers and contractors operating on a code to apply these systems correctly. 

Columbia Southern University offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science degree for those seeking growth as professionals in fire services or fire prevention. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in three years. 

This program presents students with the theoretical foundations for leadership in fire service educations, establishing a basis for a career in Fire science. The A.A.S. in Fire Science takes a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional approach to policy and preparation for use of fire service apparatus and equipment Students in the program will be prepared for leadership positions in fire service and fire rescue.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission

    CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


    High school diploma or equivalent.


    May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit distance learning institution located in Orange Beach, Alabama. CSU is a completely online institution that offers various degree programs. CSU was established in 1993 by Dr. Robert G. Mayes, Sr. in order to meet the demands for alternatives to the traditional university experience.

    A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.


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