What You’ll Learn

Advance your career while serving your community. The Columbia College Bachelor of Science in Fire Science is a fully online bachelor’s degree. It's an ideal program for firefighters and others in emergency services, as well as those who want to pursue these careers. The degree path builds on fire service training and experience to support career advancement and the development of leadership, analytical, and management skills. The curriculum is modeled on the federal Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recommended course learning outcomes. 

The Columbia College Difference 

U.S. News and World Report recently ranked our online programs in the top 15% of accredited institutions. Classes are taught by engaged faculty with both strong academic credentials as well as real-world experience. Earn your degree from a respected, accredited private institution with 160 years of tradition.

SC State Firefighters' Association Discount

Through a partnership with the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association, Columbia College is now offering a tuition discount to South Carolina State Firefighters' Association members. Online Programs students who are current members of the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on their first nine credit hours of classes—a savings of $355.50. In addition, for every 27 credit hours completed at Columbia College, members will receive one free three-credit hour course (worth $1,185/course). These discounts total $5,095 for the entire 120 credit hour degree program.

Career Opportunities

The Fire Science program prepares students for careers and advancement in positions such as:

  • Firefighter
  • Battalion chief
  • Fire chief
  • Fire investigator
  • Fire marshal

Online Program 

The Fire Science program is only available online. Our program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Online Degree Benefits

Earning your degree online gives you the flexibility to work full-time while fulfilling your other obligations, allowing you to complete your class work when your schedule allows.

  • With no specified login times, you can access our fire science courses anytime, anywhere. 
  • Not only do we keep tuition low, but we also cover your textbook fees.
  • You don't have to wait to start your degree. We have nine start dates throughout the year. 
  • Our 120-semester-credit-hour curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • You can transfer up to 90 credit hours into our program, including up to 32 credit hours of qualified training. 
  • Classes are focused and only last five weeks, giving students a strong sense of accomplishment.

The application process is free, and once we receive your transcripts (from college and training credits you have completed), we review and let you know how many transfer credits you have – and how many classes you need to complete your bachelor’s degree – before you enroll in classes.

If you're looking to advance your career or enter into fire services for the first time, this concentration is designed with you in mind.

Fire Science Course Requirements

View major requirements including concentrations and electives for this program of study in our course bulletin.

Undergraduate Course Catalog