2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Fire Protection Engineering, B.S.

Coordinator:  Nelson Dunston

The role of a fire protection engineer is to safeguard life and property from the devastating effects of fire and explosions by applying sound, multi-disciplined engineering principles to the fire protection problem. Through a combination of engineering and fire science courses, students learn how to design, construct, and install fire protection systems that prevent or minimize potential losses from fire, water, smoke, or explosions.

Graduates of the fire protection engineering program are qualified to design, evaluate, or test systems responsible for the reduction of fire losses. Students are also prepared to analyze the fire protection defenses of various structures and operations and recommend cost-effective methods of improving the level of protection that is provided.

Careers in this field may be in the private or the public sector. Government, insurance companies, industry, manufacturers, and consultants are prospective employers of fire protection engineers.

University Core Curriculum

The completion of 41 credits with the following restrictions:


  • No course lower  than MATH 1117,  CHEM 1115/1117, or ENGL 1112/1113 may be used as a free elective.
  • Restricted electives require 3000- or 4000-level Fire Science, Fire Protection Engineering, Engineering, or Criminal Justice courses.  1000- or 2000-level courses will be accepted ONLY if part of a minor.  Students who do not complete all the courses for a minor will not be able to apply the 1000- or 2000-level courses toward the restricted electives.