Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
Description and Outcomes
The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program is designed for emergency services personnel and addresses the new challenges in technology, human resource management, and fiscal responsibility. The general public and government appointees are demanding higher levels of training and education for those who lead our nation's first response teams during catastrophic disasters, terrorist incidents, and typical emergencies. This bachelor's degree is designed to empower you to pursue leadership roles that include managing all aspects of modern fire, EMS, and emergency preparedness agencies. Additionally, this program could help increase your administrative and management knowledge as well as occupational and life safety awareness.
Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. Since 1999, FESHE leaders labored to produce, through consensus, a standardized undergraduate curriculum that is national in scope, content, and outcome. Fire-related and EMS management courses were developed for colleges and universities to use as a model when developing curriculum. All the courses share common titles, catalog descriptions, outlines, and content, which provide a national core of knowledge and competencies as suggested by FESHE. This degree program closely follows the FESHE model.
If you have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you may be eligible for degree requirements to be waived and replaced with advanced start credit. Refer to Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Accelerated Master's Degree Options
If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.
The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.
- Ethics: Evaluate ethical, social, civic, cultural, and political issues as they relate to the management of emergency services, safety, and survival.
- Global Awareness: Analyze the social, cultural, behavioral, and economic characteristics of global emergency and disaster planning.
- Knowledge Base: Develop a comprehensive program for operational and strategic emergency management decisions and materials management.
- Operations: Apply project management strategies that illustrate the design and management of disaster and fire defense planning.
- Psychology: Appraise issues that deal with the psychological effects of emergency services, safety, and survival.
- Research Methods: Demonstrate critical thinking to perform research about the management of disaster and fire defense planning using commonly accepted quantitative and qualitative analytical tools to understand and evaluate fire and emergency situations and scenarios.
- Technology: Evaluate the use of technology to inform and enhance operational and strategic emergency management decisions.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
The 🌐 icon appears in the title of traditional courses that are also available as a set of module courses. Module course availability may be limited to certain academic calendars. See Course Types for information about module courses.
|CM107||🌐 College Composition I||5|
|CM220||🌐 College Composition II||5|
|CS212||🌐 Communicating Professionalism||5|
|100/200 Level||Mathematics Requirement 1||5|
|100/200 Level||Arts and Humanities Requirement 1||5|
|100/200 Level||Science Requirement 1||5|
|100/200 Level||Social Science Requirement 1||5|
|100/200 Level||General Education Electives||10|
|Total Core Requirements||45|
|FS100||Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services 2||5|
|FS105||Fire Prevention Practices||5|
|FS120||Introduction to Emergency Management||5|
|FS202||Principles of Emergency Services 2||5|
|FS205||Ethics for the Fire and Emergency Services 2||5|
|FS208||Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 2||5|
|FS220||Preparedness and Planning for Emergency Management||5|
|FS225||Emergency Management Response 2||5|
|CJ307||Crisis Management in Terrorist Attacks and Disasters||6|
|FS304||Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS||6|
|FS320||Recovery Practices in Emergency Management||6|
|FS401||Fire Prevention Organization and Management||6|
|FS402||Political, Ethical, and Legal Foundations of Emergency Services||6|
|FS403||Leadership and Management||6|
|FS414||Personnel Management for Fire and EMS||6|
|FS420||Mitigation and Risk Assessment in Emergency Management||6|
|FS425||Disaster Policy in Emergency Management||6|
|FS498||Bachelor's Capstone in Fire Science||6|
|Total Major Requirements||100|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Open Electives 3||35|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||35|
For options to fulfill this requirement, see the corresponding literacy in General Education and Professional Competency Requirements.
These degree requirements can be waived for students who are eligible for advanced start credit with a prior degree. See Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.