Online Bachelor's Degree Fire Science Courses

Be at the Forefront of Safety and Protection with a Fire Science Major

The curriculum for Anna Maria College's bachelor's degree in Fire Science degree online brings the very latest firefighting knowledge and techniques directly to you – anytime, anywhere. Complete your education in an asynchronous eight-week class format, so you can balance the program with your personal schedule. If you’re a firefighter or already have a minimum of 60 college credits, you’re ready to get started in the fire science major.

The Anna Maria fire science bachelor's degree completion program is FESHE-recognized and consists of a total of 60 credits:

  • Six exploration courses
  • Eleven fire science courses
  • Six electives

Transfer Your Credits

At Anna Maria College, our students our students are treated as individuals. We understand that your work experience, previous academic history and specific fire training is unique and should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

This bachelor of science online degree program accepts students who have either earned an associate degree* or have 60 transferable credits from a related field or from prior course work among other scenarios.

In addition, 15 transfer credits (traditional and non-traditional) may be granted to students with one or more of the following:

  • State or national EMT
  • FFI/II ProBoard/IFSAC Certified
  • Acceptable credits from a regionally accredited four-year institution

A total of 90 credits may be granted to students with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Learn more about the admissions requirements for the online fire science bachelor degree by calling us at 877-265-3201 to speak with one of our Program Managers about a personalized evaluation of your transcripts.

Fifth Year Option To Obtain Your MPA

The Fifth Year Option is our bridge program for students approaching the end of their bachelor's degree in fire science. This option allows students to begin their master’s in public administration while still taking classes at the undergraduate level, saving time and money.

Once the 90 credit hour level has been achieved with a minimum 3.0 GPA, a student may elect to take up to three master’s level courses, which would be billed at the bachelor’s level and may fulfill the requirements for corresponding bachelor’s courses as well as count toward their Master of Public Administration degree.

Learn about the tuition costs and financial aid we have available.

*Associate’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.

AMC Exploration Categories18 credits
Course NameCredits
Writing for Career & Creativity3 credits
US in the World3 credits
Global Dynamics3 credits
Quantitative Reasoning3 credits
Catholic Worldview3 credits
Senior Seminar3 credits

Transfer credit may be awarded for the above courses if you have already taken a course that falls into the appropriate subject area. This transfer credit will be included in the maximum 75 credits you can receive toward the program.

Required Fire Science Courses33 Credits
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FRS 103Fire Behavior and Combustion3 credits
FRS 104Principles of Emergency Services3 credits
FRS 107Fundamentals of Fire Prevention3 credits
FRS 112Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply3 credits
FRS 203Fire Protection Systems3 credits
FRS 205Building Construction for Fire Protection3 credits
FRS 305Fire Service Ethics3 credits
FRS 307Applications for Fire Research3 credits
FRS 309Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3 credits
FRS 490Senior Seminar 13 credits
FRS 491 OR 
FRS 499
Senior Seminar 2 OR
3 credits


Electives18 Credits
You will need to take six electives to complete the fire science curriculum. Please speak with your Program Manager for the class options and course descriptions.


Fire Science Course Descriptions

FRS 103 Fire Behavior and Combustion
This course explores the theories and technical fundamentals of how and why fires spread and how they are controlled. 

FRS 104 Principles of Emergency Services
This course provides an overview of fire protection: career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; and introduction to fire strategy and tactics.

FRS 107 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use of fire codes; identification and correction of fire hazards; and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems; fire investigation and fire and life-safety education.

FRS 112 Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply
This course provides a foundation in the theoretical knowledge needed to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and solve water supply problems.

FRS 203 Fire Protection Systems
Students learn the design and operational features of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

FRS 205 Building Construction for Fire Protection
This course presents the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. The focus of this course is on firefighter safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. 

FRS 305 Fire Service Ethics
This course examines the basic principles of ethics as related to fire service operations and management with special attention given to current issues in the fire service field.

FRS 307 Applications for Fire Research
This course examines the basic principles of research and methodology for analyzing current fire-related research. The course also provides a framework for conducting and evaluating independent research in the following areas: fire dynamics, fire test standards and codes, fire safety, fire modeling, structural fire safety, life safety, firefighter health and safety, automatic detection and suppression, transportation fire hazards, risk analysis and loss control, fire service applied research and new trends in fire research.

FRS 309 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection
This course examines the tools and techniques of rational decision making in Fire and Emergency Services agencies including data collection, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, and cost-benefit analysis. 

Learn More

For more information on the courses and curriculum for Anna Maria College's Bachelor of Science in Fire Science degree online, click here or call 877-265-3201.