Fire Science

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degree in Fire Science provides you with scientific knowledge of fire behavior, prevention, suppression, and equipment. In addition to learning how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled, you’ll examine the history and philosophy of fire prevention bureaus, use of fire codes, and identification and correction of fire hazards. This online associate degree provides you with the academic courses needed to support your advancement in the field, in careers such as a firefighter, fire inspector, arson investigator, or related public safety occupations.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Fire behavior and combustion
  • Physical and chemical properties of fire
  • Control methods and suppression
  • Fire terminology and concepts
  • Fire prevention, including safety education
  • Fire protection systems, components, applications, and design
  • Building construction and its impact on fire safety
  • Hydraulics and other fire protection equipment

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the historical development of fire protection and response from its origins through contemporary times.
  • Identify and differentiate the various forms of fire, their fundamental scientific principles, and their associated mitigation and response strategies.
  • Describe the legal and regulatory duties and responsibilities of the fire department as a public organization.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.