About this Program
- College: Design, Construction and Planning
- School: M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
- Degree: Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services
- Credits for Degree: 120
- Specializations: Fire Management | Emergency Medical Services Management | Emergency Management
- Additional Information
- Contact: Email; 352.273.1063
To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.
The program specializations offer the student the ability to focus their degree in three different aspects of the emergency services industry. The program prepares the graduates for advancement in the ranks for the fire service, EMS and emergency management. In addition, graduates can find jobs at the local, state and national level of government, insurance companies, industry, and other areas. Students may apply to the university at the junior year after earning the Associate of Arts degree from a Florida state college or other regionally accredited academic institution. Freshman and sophomore coursework will be taken at a Florida state or public college or other regionally accredited academic institution.
After being accepted, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science without moving to Gainesville. Coursework for the junior and senior years will be offered via electronic distance learning, and UF faculty will teach and advise students in the program.
Students need access to a personal computer capable of connecting to the Internet.
Course Requirements for the Degree
The B.S. degree is for students with different professional objectives. All students, regardless of specialization, are required to take FES 3015 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Management as their opening course.
Each specialization has a specific set of required core courses required courses and electives of upper-division courses that represent important interdisciplinary topic areas. Core courses provide students with the knowledge and fundamental concepts essential to the specialization. The required courses are designed to be applicable across all specializations. The electives allow the students to select courses that meet their career interest. Upper-division courses are designed to build knowledge, competency and skills applicable to professional development.
Students should meet with an advisor as early as possible in their academic careers to choose their specialization and to plan their course of study.
|Required Coursework for All Specializations|
|FES 3153||FES Communication and Informational Technology||3|
|FES 3753||Fire and Emergency Services Financial Management||3|
|FES 4023||Fire and Emergency Services Ethical Practices and Leadership||3|
|FES 4055||Fire and Emergency Services Public Relations||3|
|FES 4825||Disaster Planning and Control||3|
|FES 3720||Strategic Planning for FES||3|
|FES 3015||Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Management||3|
|Select six of the following:||18|
|Advanced Leadership Issues in Emergency Medical Services|
|Analytical Approaches to Fire Protection|
|Multi-Agency Incident Command|
|Regulatory Issues in Fire and Emergency Services|
|EMS Special Operations|
|Fire Investigation and Analysis|
|Disaster Recovery and Mitigation|
|Critical Incident Management for Emergency Managers|
|Natural Disaster Phenomena in Florida|
|Current Issues in Fire and Emergency Services|
|Public Safety Educator|
|Management of Fire-Related Human Behavior|
Any course from other core courses
The School of Construction Management offers an accessible Bachelor of Science program for members of the fire and emergency services. This degree program is designed to build on students' experience in the fire service and to add the academic substance to prepare students to lead public or private sector fire and emergency service units.
Before Graduating Students Must
- Demonstrate ability in management, labor issues and operations.
- Demonstrate ability in services related to medical, disaster and human resources.
- Demonstrate ability in public relations, ethical practices and leadership.
- Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Students in the Major Will Learn to
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- Identify and evaluate organizational problems associated with fire and emergency services.
- Identify and demonstrate proper knowledge and use of comprehensive emergency management/command and control skills in major catastrophic incidents in fire and emergency services.
- Illustrate knowledge and legal application of safety, health and environmental regulations at state and federal levels.
- Demonstrate effective leadership behavior and skills in fire and emergency services.
- Properly address issues of management, code regulations and the labor market in fire and emergency services.
- Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills for leadership in fire and emergency services.
I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed
|Courses||SLO 1||SLO 2||SLO 3||SLO 4||SLO 5||SLO 6|
|FES 3284||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R|
|FES 3285||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R|
|FES 3755||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R|
|FES 3803||I||I, R||I||I, R||I|
|FES 3815||R||R||I, R|
|FES 3823||A||I, R||I, R||I, R|
|FES 4003||R||I, R||R||R||A|
- Final papers