Academic Catalog

Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

EKU Campus

Program Requirements

CIP Code: 43.0205

Summary Checklist for General Education

Element 1
A: Written Communication3
B: Written Communication3
C: Oral Communication3
Element 2
Quantitative Reasoning3
Element 3
A: Arts3
B: Humanities3
Element 4
Natural Sciences6
Element 5
A: Historical Science3
B: Social Behavioral Science3
Element 6
Diversity of Perspectives Experiences6
Total Hours36

Students are expected to complete Elements 1 and 2 within their first 60 hours of college credit.


The Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management requires that each graduate of Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation (B.S.) must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours in the College of Justice, Safety and Military Science at Eastern Kentucky University and must complete a minimum of 18 upper division credits from the Safety, Security and Emergency Management Department.

University Graduation Requirements
General Education36
Student Success Seminar
JSO 100Student Success Seminar (waived for transfers with 30+ hrs.)1
Upper division courses (42 hrs. distributed throughout Major/ Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives categories)
Major Requirements
Core Courses
FSE 101Fire Prevention3
FSE 120Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FSE 201Building Construction3
or FSE 201S Building Construction
FSE 221Fire Detection and Suppression Systems3
FSE 223Fire and Emergency Scene Operations3
FSE 250Introduction to Explosion Investigations and Bombings3
FSE 260Proving Criminal Acts3
FSE 280Constitutional Criminal Procedure3
FSE 305Fire Protection and Hazardous Materials3
FSE 330Principles of Criminal Investigation3
FSE 349Applied Learning in Fire and Safety Engineering3
FSE 350Fire Arson and Explosion Investigation3
FSE 355Fire Dynamics3
FSE 370Electrical and Mechanical Systems Failure Analysis3
FSE 380Failure Analysis3
FSE 450Advanced Explosion and Bombing Investigation3
FSE 495Fire Arson and Explosion Case Preparation3
FSE 496Fire Investigation Case Preparation3
FSE 499Practicum2
Supporting Course Requirements
Introductory Chemistry (Element 4 REQ Hours applied to Gen Ed) G
General Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry Lab (Element 4 REQ Hours applied to Gen Ed) G
General Chemistry Lab I
FOR 301Introduction to Forensic Science3
MAT 114College Algebra (Element 2 REQ ) G3
PHY 131College Physics I (Element 4 REQ 2 hours applied to Gen Ed) G3
Introduction to Statistical Reasoning (Element 2 REQ ) G
Free Electives
Choose from 18 hours of free electives18
Total Hours120

Course also satisfies a General Education element. Hours are included within the 36 hr. General Education requirement above. A maximum of 3 cr. hr. will count toward Element 2.  A maximum of 6 credit hours will count toward Element 4.