Fire Science

Degree program at Bay College

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Why Fire Science?

A Fire Science degree is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the area of fire protection, prevention, investigation, education, fire equipment service/supply and emergency planning.


Why Bay College?

The Fire Science program at Bay College does not offer a Fire Science degree, but does offer an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice which is a field closely related to entry-level positions in government agencies like fire departments and public safety departments (which include both law enforcement and fire fighting).  Some students who choose to go on to a four year program will use Criminal Justice as their minor when obtaining a four-year degree in Fire Science.  In addition, Bay College also offers a Paramedic Program which also closely related to firefighting as many governmental agencies combine medical and fire services.  In addition, Bay College does offer the course FRST-100 Wildland and Rural Fire Control which acquaints the student with wildland and rural fire control problems and methods.  Wildland fire behavior and basic firefighter training are covered.

Degree Options
Certificate/DegreeCompletion CreditsContact Hours
Fire Science60.00

Beyond Bay College

Students interested in a fire science program can find a Bachelor of Science degree at many four year institutions.  Fire Science bachelor's degrees are ideal for students who are interested in entering the governmental/public sector, as well as for professionals already working in the field. 

Career Opportunities

Students who receive their Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science may find opportunities in the following careers:

  • Firefighter
  • Forest Fire Inspector and Prevention Specialist
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Administration
  • Emergency Management

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