2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 24, 2022  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Protection Engineering, B.S.

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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.

Required Courses

Students earning the B.S. degree in fire protection engineering must complete 128 credits including the University Core Curriculum and the courses listed below, some of which fulfill requirements of the University Core Curriculum.


  • No course lower  than MATH 1117,  CHEM 1115/1117, or ENGL 1105 may be used as a free elective.
  • FIRE 1102  may not be used as a restricted elective; it may be used as a free elective.
  • Restricted electives are electives chosen by the student with the approval of his/her advisor.  Restricted electives enhance the learning within the Fire Protection Engineering curriculum.

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