Lake Superior State University

Fire Science-Generalist: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This emphasis is designed for students preparing for professional fire service positions in public and private sectors.  The emphasis is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the many different areas of the fire service, giving the students the ability to function in fire departments and participate in fire prevention and investigation divisions.  Students in this emphasis will complete the requirements for Firefighter I and II state certifications established by the Michigan Firefighters Training Council.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

Major Requirements (49 credits)

  • CJUS341 Fire Cause & Arson Investigation 3
  • 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
  • FIRE219 Firefighter Essentials 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 (7-9 credits)

  • EGMT332 Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer for Technologists 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH140 Pre-Calculus 5

Minor or Paramedic License (20 credits)

  • Students may complete an approved minor. The minor may be an approved minor other than Fire Science.

Electives (7 credits)

B.S. Degree Requirements (8 credits)

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

 Total Credits:  124

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.