Fire Protection Administration Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum

Core Courses 66 hours

Supporting Course Requirements*  17 hours                                

  • CHE 101: Introductory Chemistry I
  • CHE 102: Introductory Chemistry II
  • MAT 114: College Algebra
  • PSY 200: Introduction to Psychology
  • TRS 235: Emergency Vehicle Roadway Operations Safety

*Some supporting courses will count toward the General Education Requirements. See catalog for details.

Free Electives 6 hours

EKU General Education Requirements 40 hours
(See catalog for details.)

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 120 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog.


Course Descriptions

FSE 101 Fire Prevention (3 hours)

A. An introduction to fire and safety related codes; Fire prevention methods; mechanical systems; and engineering solutions for hazards. An in-depth look at the Life Safety Code, the function and testing of fire related building components.

FSE 120 Fire Behavior & Combustion (3 hours)

A. Introduction to the chemistry and dynamics of fire; including basic terminology and concepts that are applied to the physical and chemical properties of the development and spread of fire in a structure; hazardous materials and the Computer Fire Analysis.

FSE 200 Applied Fire & Safety Analysis (3 hours)

A. Cross-listed as OSH 200. Analytical and statistical concepts and procedures for the treatment of fire and safety related data. Includes quantitative and qualitative techniques, descriptive and inferential statistics.

FSE 201 Building Construction (3 hours)

A. A review of the analysis of building construction methods and terminology. A systems approach to designing building fire safety; the Life Safety Code; the function of and testing of rated building components, evaluating plans for code compliance.

FSE 221 Fire Protection Systems (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 101, FSE 120. Introduction To fire detection, protection, control systems and extinguishment. Fixed and portable systems of the following types will be studied: automatic sprinklers, standpipes, dry chemical, foam, halogenated agents, fire alarm systems and diction.

FSE 223 Fire & Emergency Scene Operations (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 201 or FSE 201S. Principles of Incident Management including emergency scene decisions, strategies, and tactics. Utilizing emergency control resources such as personnel, apparatus, and equipment.

FSE 225 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection & Safety (3 hours)

A. Cross-listed as OSH 225. A study of legislative and legal decisions relating to personnel practices, employee safety, and public protection. Emphasizes the legal responsibilities, liabilities, and authority of the
fire service practitioner.

FSE 230 Fire Prevention Organization & Management (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 101. An introduction to management issues related to fire prevention systems. Overview of the requirements for fire prevention codes, managing inspections, relations with public and officials and implementation of fire education programs as they relate to the investigation of criminal

FSE 300W Technical Report Writing for Emergency Services (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: ENG 102 and FSE 200. Develop oral and written communication skills specific to the public emergency service sector’s needs. Focusing on the technical aspects involved in supporting public initiatives operating within the legal system and learning the specific requirements for submitting documentation to various technical committees.

FSE 305 Hazardous Materials (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 120. Cross-listed with OSH 305. Study of hazardous material problems in transportation, storage, and use. Chemical properties relating to specific reactions, engineering controls, and control in an emergency situation. Emphasis on the role of pre-emergency planning, combating, coordinating, and controlling a hazardous materials incident.

FSE 320 Principles of Emergency Services (3 hours)

A. An overview of organizational and management practices in the fire and safety fields. Emphasis on supervision and leadership styles, motivation, morale, and organizational behavior.

FSE 322 Fire Protection Structures and System Design (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 221. Analysis and evaluation of specific code requirements related to the design, inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems. Design projects will be included.

FSE 349 Applied Learning in Fire & Safety Engineering (5-8 hours)

A. Cross-listed with OSH 349. Prerequisite: departmental approval. Work in placements related to academic studies. One to eight hours credit per semester or summer. Total hours: eight, associate; sixteen, baccalaureate. A minimum of 80 hours employment required for each semester hour

FSE 350 Fire Arson & Explosion Investigation I (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 120. An in-depth study in the analysis of fire, arson, and explosion scenes. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and techniques of scene preservation and analysis, management of investigative functions, documentation of the scene, and determination of the cause and origin of fire.

FSE 355 Fire Dynamics (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: CHE 101(or higher), FSE 120, and MAT 107 (or higher). An introduction to fire-related measurement techniques, advanced fire and combustion concepts and associated terminology. This courses includes basic numerical methods for understanding fire dynamics.

FSE 360 Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 120 and MAT 107 or higher. A study of water at rest and in motion, Bernoulli’s and Pascal’s theorems; water distribution systems, velocity, friction loss, pump and nozzle pressures required for fire protection.

FSE 365 Instructional Methodology for Emergency Service (3 hours)

A. Course provides students with opportunities to develop presentation skills used in classroom instruction. Develop lesson plans, prepare audio-visual aids and props for the class. Prepare evaluation methodologies that competently assure learning objectives during delivery of presentations.

FSE 375 Emergency Service Resource Management (3 hours)

A. Introduction to management issues related to obtaining and accounting for resources. Included are financial management processes, acquisition strategies, strategies for maintenance of effort and resource prioritization, resource replacement planning and processes to audit program success.

FSE 400 Advanced Emergency Services (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 300 or FSE 300W, and FSE 320. A study of environmental management including the identification and analysis of key managerial issues confronting contemporary fire services managers. Application in current methods and planning, organizing, developing and evaluating public fire/emergency services organizations.

FSE 425 Disaster & Community Fire Defense Planning (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 300 or FSE 300W. Overview of the ever changing demographics of the departmental jurisdictions and response during community service master planning, identifying hazards then assessing risks associated with those hazards. Analysis of potential disaster and
recovery methods.

OSH 261 Principles of Occupational Safety and Health (3 hours)

A. History of the development of occupational safety and health. Methods of accident prevention and hazard control. Introduction to safety programs, workers’ compensation, emergency preparedness and accident investigation.

OSH 390 Workers Compensation I (3 hours)

A. An in-depth study of the foundations of workers compensation law. Emphasis will be placed on the history and theory of injuries “arising out of” and being “in the course of” employment.