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

Major Requirements (54-55 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
  • FIRE309 Fire-Related  Human Behavior 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:

  • CJUS345 Statistics and Design for Public Safety 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4

Minor or Paramedic License (20 credits) Students may complete an approved minor. The minor must be an approved minor other than Fire Science.

Electives (9 - 14 credits)

Note:  A minimum of 24 credits of 300/400 level coursework is required for graduation.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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