Fire Science (BS)

Fire Science (BS)


Description. The major in Fire Science concentrates on the analysis of fire vulnerabilities to reduce losses of life and property in both the public and private sectors.  The program prepares students for careers as fire safety specialists, managers, consultants and entrepreneurs.  

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.

Fire Science Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.S. Degree


Coordinator. Professor Glenn Corbett, Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management (212-484-8092, Students should see the Major Coordinator for advice regarding selection of courses, meeting the science requirement and choice of electives.

Advising resources
Four Year Academic Plan (for students placed into MAT 105)
Four Year Academic Plan (for students place into MAT 141)

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in fire protection engineering are strongly encouraged to meet with the major coordinator to develop a plan for additional classes in order to meet the entry requirements of such graduate programs. 

Prerequisites. If students choose to take PHY 203, MAT 241 is a  prerequisite and MAT 242 is a prerequisite or co–requisite for PHY 203. These math courses can fulfill the Required Core: Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning area of the College’s general education requirements.

Requirements. This major requires one semester of physics. This course will fulfill the College’s general education requirements in Flexible Core: Scientific World area.

Additional information. Students who enrolled at the College for the first time or changed to this major in September 2016 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 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

PART ONE. SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS                                                       Subtotal: 4 credits

PHY 101 College Physics I (Liberal Arts Physics)
PHY 203 General Physics I

PART TWO. CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                             Subtotal: 24 credits

FIS 101 Introduction to Fire Science
FIS 205 Fire Service Hydraulics
FIS 210 Fire Safety Administration
FIS 230 Building Construction and Life Safety Systems I
FIS 257 Fire Dynamics
FIS 319 Hazard Identification and Mitigation
FIS 330 Building Construction and Life Safety Systems II
FIS 401 Seminar in Fire Protection Problems

PART THREE. ELECTIVES                                                                                Subtotal: 9 credits

Select three
FIS 106 Safety Engineering
FIS 202 Fire Protection Systems
FIS 207 Water-based Fire Suppression Systems
FIS 220/MAT 220/PSC 220 Survey of the Concepts of Operations Research
FIS 303 Fire Investigations

                                                                                                                                         Total Credit Hours: 37

                                                                                                                                                                                             Last Updated: 2/6/18