Fire Science (FIRE)

Courses

FIRE 201  Fire-Related Human Behavior  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents a study of human behavior in fire and other emergency situations. Students will examine current and past research on human behavior, systems models, life safety education and building design to determine interactions of these areas in emergency situations. Students will develop an understanding of a best practice building life safety system as one that combines knowledge in the areas of psychology and sociology joined with engineering and education to produce the best possible outcomes in terms of human survivability in an emergency.

FIRE 299  Current Topics in Fire Science  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

These courses consist of individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Fire science. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor, Approval of Department and Program Chairs, and 12 Hours of FIRE Courses.

FIRE 302  Fire Dynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines fire dynamics within the context of firefighting and its applications to fire situations, including combustion, flame spread, flashover, and smoke movement, as well as applications to building codes, large-loss fires, and fire modeling.

FIRE 303  Fire Protection Structures and Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines design principles involved in structural fire protection and automatic suppression systems, including fire resistance and endurance, flame spread evaluation, smoke control, alarm systems, sprinkler innovations, evaluation of sprinkler system designs, and specialized suppression systems.

FIRE 304  Fire Investigation and Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines technical, investigative, legal, and managerial approaches to the arson problem, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, gang-related arson, legal considerations and trial preparations, managing the fire investigation unit, intervention and mitigation strategies, and shaping the future.

FIRE 305  Fire Prevention Organization and Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, various types of influences, and strategies.

FIRE 399  Current Topics in Fire Science  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

These courses consist of individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Fire science. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor, Approval of Department and Program Chairs, and 12 Hours of FIRE Courses.

FIRE 400  Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the tools and techniques of rational decisionmaking in fire and emergency services agencies, including data collection, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, and cost-benefit analysis.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

FIRE 401  Applications of Fire Research  3 Credits (3,0)

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-related research.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

FIRE 406  Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the legal aspects of the fire service and the political and social impacts of legal issues. This course includes a review of the American legal system and in-depth coverage of legal and political issues involving employment and personnel matters, administrative and operational matters, planning and code enforcement, and legislative and political processes with regard to the fire service.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

FIRE 499  Current Topics in Fire Science  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

These courses consist of individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Fire science. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor, Approval of Department and Program Chairs, and 12 Hours of FIRE Courses.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.