Program Overview

The University of Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services (Fire Science) to interested students. This distance learning format may make this program ideal for working professionals who wish to gain a strong educational and skill-based foundation in Fire and Emergency Services, but wouldn’t have the freedom to pursue a traditional degree on-campus. The University of Florida’s B.S. in Fire Sciences aims to prepare students to be leaders who can manage all aspects of the modern emergency response agency. Students should be aware that proctored exams may need to be completed on campus, or at an approved location.

Today, leaders in Fire and Emergency Services are facing increasingly difficult new challenges in technology, growing emergency service demands, fiscal accountability, and contemporary human resource problems that are affecting and will continue to affect Fire and Emergency Service organizations and their administrators. The University of Florida is on the cutting edge of coming up with unique solutions to these contemporary issues, and graduates of this program are positioned to be innovative leaders within this field.

This program’s coursework consists of 60 credit hours, and takes approximately two years to complete. Some of the courses that students will take through this program span topics such as Multi-Agency incident Command, Fire Service Financial Management, Command & Control at Catastrophic Fire-Rescue Accidents, and Management of Mass Casualty Incidents.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    To register you must have a related Associated degree from an accredited college and appropriate FES experience.


    Finals may be taken at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, or at an approved local proctored location.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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