Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum

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Core Courses 48 hours

Supporting Course Requirements*  41 hours                                

  • CHE 101: General Chemistry I
  • CHE 102: General Chemistry II
  • CON 303: Statics & Strength of Materials
  • CON 322: Construction Structural Design
  • MAT 234: Calculus I
  • MAT 244: Calculus II
  • PHY 201: University Physics I
  • PHY 202: University Physics II
  • PHY 375: Thermodynamics
  • TEC 190: Technical Graphics

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

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 224 Human Behavior in Fire (3 hours)

Prerequisite: FSE 101 and FSE 120. Examine current and past research on human behavior, systems models, life safety education and building design to determine interactions emergency situations. Develop a best practice building life safety system.

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 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 445 Advanced Structural Fire Protection (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 355. Examines principles involved in structural fire protection: behavior of materials and design considerations for each material in regards to a structure’s design under fire attack and resistive protection methods.

FSE 480 Industrial Fire Safety (3 hours)

A. Prerequisite: FSE 101 and FSE 120. Fire scenario analyses for industrial installations using test data, loss experience and simplified theoretical modeling focusing on warehousing, storage of flammable liquids and safety of electrical equipment and computers.

FSE 481 Fire Protection Design (2 hours)

Comprehensive project emphasizing a team approach to the design process. Problem formulation; project management; drawings and specifications; cost estimating; and various project components.

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.