Program Overview

The Fire Safety Engineering Technology program at UNC Charlotte leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Safety Engineering Technology. The program has an emphasis on both technical and non-technical aspects in the fields of fire and safety. The program is directed toward those seeking positions within the fire service as well as those preparing for work in fire protection related occupations. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for increasingly responsible roles in leadership and management. In addition, the program provides comprehensive classes dealing with fire behavior, active and passive protection systems as well as the foundational principles of research investigation.

This distance education "+ 2" option means students transfer* to UNC Charlotte having completed an associate’s degree in Fire Protection/Fire Science or similar degree. Courses are delivered online as an individual access distance education program.

Transfer students complete 61 hours (if admitted with no deficiencies) to fulfill the requirement for the bachelors of science degree. The 61 hours includes 49 hours of major courses and 12 hours of general education and/or major electives. Students who have already completed a degree in another discipline may enter the program; however, they must complete the following courses before taking any upper division fire courses. ETFS 1120, ETFS 2124, ETFS 2132, ETFS 1232, ETFS 2264 + lab.

About the Program

Fire Safety Engineering Technology includes principles of fire behavior and combustion, fire protection, hydraulics, fire prevention, building construction for fire service, industrial hazards, risk management, fire safety problem analysis, active and passive protection systems, command and control, fire protection law, structural fire safety, performance-based design for fire safety, fire hazard analysis, technical drawing and CAD, research investigation, and leadership.   The Concentration in Fire Safety is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in fire service and administration.