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Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services

This program changes names from the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science to the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services on July 1, 2014:

The Emergency Services degree program provides students with the theoretical foundations for leadership and administration in fire and emergency services response organizations.

The curriculum includes the principles, theory, and practices associated with today’s emergency response professionals. The program is regionally academically SACS accredited and FESHE recognized.

The B.S. in Emergency Services degree broadly encompasses all emergency services response disciplines in public and private sectors including: fire, emergency medical, investigation, engineering, aircraft rescue and firefighting, environmental, hazmat, inspection, dispatch, security, OSHA, instruction, public information, wildland firefighting, etc.

Concepts covered include human behavior, structures and systems, prevention, protection, investigation and analysis, organization and management, research, administration, hazardous materials, personnel management, political and legal foundations, terrorism, community risk reduction, disaster planning and control, system design for life safety, occupational safety, and human program management.

The curriculum design for this degree is based on in the National Fire Academy's Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model Curriculum for a Bachelor’s Degree. When students complete courses through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, they receive a National Fire Academy certificate just as if they completed the courses at the National Fire Academy. Beyond the six FESHE core courses, several additional ERAU-developed courses have been approved for students to receive NFA certificates — this is a unique advantage of taking classes at ERAU.

There are two specializations offered at the baccalaureate level: Aviation Emergency Management and Fire & Emergency Services.

  • The Aviation Emergency Management Specialization has a focus on aircraft accident crash investigation, airport emergency management, aviation safety, and leadership in emergency response organizations.
  • The Fire and Emergency Services Specialization focuses on emergency response administration, management, leadership, community risk reduction, and operational issues in emergency services.
 
Degree Requirements
General Education
Course/TitleCredits
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, and Humanities and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.
Communication Theory and Skills 
ENGL 123 English Composition3
Speech/English6
Humanities 
HUMN 330 Values & Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences 
ECON 210 Microeconomics -OR-
ECON 211 Macroeconomics
3
Social Science elective
(History/Government/Social Science/Psychology Economics)
3
Physical and Life Science Lower-Level electives 
Physics/Biology/Meteorology6
Mathematics 
MATH 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I
& MATH 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II
-OR-
MATH 140 College Algebra
& MATH 142 Trigonometry
6
Computer Science 
CSCI 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Total Credits36

Core/Major
Course / TitleCredits
Program Support9
MATH 211 Statistics with Aviation Applications -OR-
MATH 222 Business Statistics
3
WEAX 201 Meteorology I3
RSCH 202 Introduction to Research Methods3

Program Specializations

Students must complete one of the following Specializations:

Aviation Emergency Management Specialization
Course / TitleCredits
ASCI 254 Aviation Legislation3
ASCI 401 Airport Development and Operations3
ASCI 412 Corporate and Business Aviation3
FIRE 301 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 302 Fire Dynamics3
FIRE 303 Fire Protection Structures & Systems3
FIRE 305 Fire Prevention Organization and Management3
FIRE 400 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3
FIRE 401 Applications of Fire Research3
FIRE 403 Disaster Planning and Control3
FIRE 404 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
FIRE 405 Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 480 Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
SFTY 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
SFTY 330 Aircraft Accident Investigation3
SFTY 350 Aircraft Crash and Emergency Management3
SFTY 409 Aviation Safety3
Total Credits51

-OR-

Fire and Emergency Services Specialization
Course / TitleCredits
FIRE 300 Fire-Related Human Behavior3
FIRE 301 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 302 Fire Dynamics3
FIRE 303 Fire Protection Structures & Systems3
FIRE 304 Fire Investigation and Analysis3
FIRE 305 Fire Prevention Organization and Management3
FIRE 400 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3
FIRE 401 Applications of Fire Research3
FIRE 402 Fire and Emergency Services Administration3
FIRE 403 Disaster Planning and Control3
FIRE 404 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
FIRE 405 Personnel Management for Fire and Emergency Services3
FIRE 406 Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection3
FIRE 410 Terrorism: Roots and Responses3
FIRE 480 Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
SFTY 341 Occupational Safety and Health Program Management3
SFTY 420 Systems Design for Fire and Life Safety3
Total Credits51

Open Electives
Course / TitleCredits
Open Electives:15

Specified Electives
Course / TitleCredits
Specified Electives
(Choose 9 credits from ASCI/SFTY/FIRE Courses)
9

Total Degree Requirements120

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