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Lake Superior State University

Fire Science-Hazardous Materials: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


This emphasis is designed for students preparing for professional positions in the private sector. This emphasis is designed to provide the student with a wide knowledge base of the fire service while earning a minor in chemistry. Students in this emphasis will have the education necessary to become part of a private company or state entity that specializes in the handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials. It should be noted that students of this emphasis are equally marketable for municipal, county, state, and federal fire departments, and have the option of earning firefighter certifications. 



Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements (25 credits)

Major Requirements (46 credits)

  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials 3
  • FIRE197 Physical Fitness for Public Safety 1
  • FIRE201 Fire Protection Construction Concepts 3
  • FIRE204 Fire Protection Hydraulics & Pumps 3
  • FIRE206 Fire Protection Systems Equipment and Industrial Fire Protection 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics & Strategy 3
  • FIRE220 Fire Science Certification 4
  • FIRE301 Code Enforcement Inspection and Fire Prevention 3
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management 3
  • FIRE401 Senior Seminar 3
  • FIRE402 Fire Service and the Law 3
  • FIRE403 Fire Science Internship 3

Statistics: Choose one of the following:

  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
  • CJUS345 Statistics and Design for Public Safety 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4

Support Courses (64 credits)

  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology: Organisms 4
  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soils 4
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM232 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • CHEM351 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • EGMT332 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer for Technologists 4
  • GEOG108 Physical Geography: Meteorology & Climatology 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Sciences* 4
  • NSCI102 Introduction to Geology 4
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • NSCI104 Environmental Science Lab 1

Total Credits: 131

* or MATH151


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.