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  • Fire and Emergency Services

    This degree program is designed to build on the student's experience in the fire service and to add the academic substance to prepare graduates to lead public or private sector fire and emergency service units.

    About This Major

    • College: Design, Construction and Planning
    • School: M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services
    • Hours for the Degree: 120
    • Minor: No
    • Website:


    Students may apply to the university at the junior year after earning the Associate of Arts degree from a Florida community college or other accredited academic institution. Freshman and sophomore coursework will be taken at a Florida community college or other accredited academic institution.

    Once 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 will need access to a personal computer with an Internet connection and they must be able to send and receive email. It is recommended but not required that the student's computer also have video conferencing capability.

    For more information, visit 304 Rinker Hall or email

    Critical Tracking

    Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Recommended Semester Plan

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Semester 5 Credits
    FES 3015 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Management 3
    FES 3033 Fire and Emergency Services Labor Issues 3
    FES 3153 Fire and Emergency Services Information Technology 3
    FES 3753 Fire and Emergency Services Financial Management 3
    FES 3803 Multi-Agency Incident Command 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    FES 3284 Management of Emergency Medical Services 3
    FES 3285 Advanced Leadership Issues in Emergency Medical Services 3
    FES 3755 Fire and Emergency Services Capital Equipment and Facilities 3
    FES 3815 Command and Control at Catastrophic Fire-Rescue Incidents 3
    FES 3823 Fire and Emergency Services Integrated Operations 3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    FES 4003 Fire and Emergency Services Public Policy and Administration 3
    FES 4045 Fire and Emergency Services Human Resource Management 3
    FES 4224 Management of Mass Casualty Incidents 3
    FES 4585 Management of Fire Prevention Programs 3
    FES 4825 Design and Management of Community Disaster Exercises 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    FES 4023 Fire and Emergency Services Ethical Practices and Leadership 3
    FES 4034 Regulatory Issues in Fire and Emergency Services 3
    FES 4055 Fire and Emergency Services Public Relations 3
    FES 4685 Management for Arson Prevention and Control or
    FES 4835 Natural Disaster Phenomena in Florida
    FES 4935 Current Issues in Fire and Emergency Services 3
    Total 15
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majors: fire-and-emergency-services