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Lake Superior State University

Fire Science-Generalist Non Certification: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This emphasis is designed for long-distance students who currently possess firefighting certifications; it also serves those students who do not desire, or have the physical ability, to enter the fire service as active firefighters.  This emphasis is designed for students who seek promotions or desire a professional position in the private fire service sector, and provides students a wide knowledge base of the fire service.  Students in this emphasis will have the education necessary to work in preventive, investigative, and educational areas of the fire service.


Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

Major Requirements (49 credits)

  • EGMT332 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer for Technologists 4
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science 3
  • FIRE204 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Pumps 3
  • FIRE206 Fire Protection Systems Equipment and Industrial Fire Prevention 3
  • FIRE301 Code Enforcement, Inspection and Fire Prevention 3
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management 3
  • FIRE401 Senior Seminar 3

Statistics: Choose one of the following:

  • CJUS345 Statistics and Design for Public Safety 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4

Electives - Select at least 24 additional hours of Fire Science and Criminal Justice Electives from:

  • CJUS103 Introduction to Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
  • CJUS204 Domestic and International Terrorism 3
  • CJUS321 Ethical Issues in Public Safety 3
  • CJUS325 Homeland Security and Emergency Services 3
  • CJUS341 Fire Cause and Arson Investigation 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials 3
  • FIRE201 Fire Protection Construction Concepts 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics and Strategy 3
  • FIRE300 Special Topics 3-6
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • FIRE400 Special Topics 3-6
  • FIRE402 Fire Service and the Law 3
  • FIRE403 Fire Science Internship 3
  • Support Courses (3-5 credits)
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH140 Pre-Calculus 5

B.S. Degree Requirements (8 credits)

  • Computer Science, Social Science, Natural Science or Math not used in General Education

Electives to Total 124 Credits 


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.