Fire Science (BS)


The Fire Science major prepares students for a fire service or fire protection career by providing an overall understanding of the scope, content and literature of fire science, and developing key skills necessary for effecting fire safety in the public and private sectors. Public sector career opportunities include working directly in federal. state, and local fire organizations. Private sector career opportunities include working with architects in building code consulting, fire protection systems design (such as design of sprinkler and alarm systems) and other related areas.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

• Identify and categorize the core mechanisms of fire growth and suppression.
• Appraise and evaluate the built environment and its relationship to fire growth and suppression.
• Develop and critique fire protection designs.
• Organize and disseminate the policy and processes of fire safety and fire protection.

Credits required: 42  
Four Year Academic Plan (for students placed into MAT 105)
Four Year Academic Plan (for students place into MAT 141)

Coordinator: Professor Donell Harvin, Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management (

Prerequisites: MAT 241 is a prerequisite for PHY 203MAT 242 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for PHY 203. These courses will fulfill the Required Core: Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning area of the College's general education requirements.

The prerequisite for CHE 103 is placement into MAT 141 or higher; or placement into MAT 105 and a score of 80% or higher in the New York State Chemistry Regents. Placement is determined by the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics. Students who did not take the New York State Chemistry Regents will need the permission of the Department of Sciences.

Additional information:
This major requires completion of CHE 103 (or CHE 101 and CHE 102), and one semester of physics. These courses fulfill the College’s general education requirements in Life and Physical Sciences and the Scientific World.

Students who enrolled at the College or changed to this major in September 2011 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2010-2011 Undergraduate Bulletin, available at


Subtotal: 9 credits

CHE 101-102  General Chemistry I-A and I-B, or CHE 103 General Chemistry I
PHY 101 College Physics I or PHY 203 General Physics I


Subtotal: 21 credits


FIS 101 Introduction to Fire Science
FIS 210 Fire Safety Administration
FIS 230 Building Construction and Life Safety Systems I
FIS 257 Fire Dynamics

FIS 2XX Science Foundations of Emergency Management and Reponse
FIS 330 Building Construction and Life Safety Systems II
FIS 401 Seminar in Fire Protection Problems


Subtotal: 12 credits

Select four 

FIS 106 Safety Engineering
FIS 202 Fire Protection Systems
FIS 205 Fire Service Hydraulics
FIS 207 Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
FIS 220/MAT 220/PSC 220 Survey of the Concepts of Operations Research
FIS 303 Fire Investigation

Total: 42 credits