Engineering Technology: Fire Safety, B.S.

Engineering Technology: Fire Safety, B.S.
61 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Spring
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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.

The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology is designed to meet the needs of individuals who currently hold the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Protection/Fire Science or similar degree. Courses are delivered 100% online. 

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of Fire Service and Administration. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Building Code Official • Corporate Safety Specialist • Deputy Fire Marshall • Environment, Health, and Safety Engineer • Fire and Security Control Install Tech Specialist • Fire Inspector • Fire Prevention Officer • Fire Protection Consultant • Fire Protection Specialist • Firefighter • Health and Safety Specialist • Industrial Safety Engineer • Loss Control Consultant • Site Safety and Health Officer

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Application Deadlines: 

  • July 1 (fall)
  • November 15 (spring)​

Admissions & Requirements: 

To be considered for admissions, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in an appropriate field of study, such as Fire Protection Technology.
  • Transfer GPA 2.5.
  • Prerequisites and general education requirements listed below.


  • Students transferring with an AAS degree must have satisfactorily completed the following subjects in their AAS program.
    • English Composition, Technical Writing, and/or Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
    • Precalculus (3)
    • College Algebra (3)
    • General Physics with lab (4)
    • Chemistry (3)
  • Technical Courses in Major Area as listed below (up to 38 credit hours)
    • Introduction to Fire Protection and Prevention
    • Water Based Fire Suppression
    • Fire Investigation
    • Building Construction
    • Introduction to Fire Behavior
    • Computer-Aided Drafting
    • Fire Protection & Safety Law 

Please View the academic plan of study and program prerequisites.

Contact Marta Falcon for an informal evaluation of transfer credit and plan of study at (Be sure to attach a scanned copy of your unofficial transcript.)


Two applications are required for admissions:

  1. Fire Safety (FSET)
  2. University Application


Step 1: Apply to the College of Engineering by completing the FSET Application

FSET Application

Email a scanned copy of your unofficial transcript to program director, Dr. Jeff Kimble at for an informal evaluation of transfer credit

Step 2: Once all prerequisites have been satisfied, apply for admissions to UNC Charlotte as a transfer student

University Application

Select the Distance Education Option when selecting your major. It is indicated by the “Engineering: Fire & Safety Engineering Technology DE” notation after the major.

  • ETFS 3103: Fire Dynamics w lab (4)
  • ETFS 3113: Fire Safety in the Built Environment (3)
  • ETFS 3123: Industrial Hazards & Electricity (3)
  • ETFS 3124: Risk Management (3)
  • ETFS 3144: Active Fire Protection (3)
  • ETFS 3150:  Adult Learning Theory in Safety (1)
  • ETFS 4123: Command and Control of Major Disasters (3)
  • ETFS 4243: Research Investigation (3) 
  • ETFS 4272: Fire and Safety Capstone (3)
  • ETFS 4323: Advanced Fire Service Administration (3)
  • ETGR 2106: Electronic Circuits and Devices (3) 
  • ETGR 3222: Engineering Economics (3)
  • ETGR 3295: Multidisciplinary Professional Development (1)
  • ETGR 4301: Environmental Pollution Control (3)
  • ETGR 4302: Industrial Hygiene (3)    
  • ETGR 4303: Applied Ergonomics & Human Factors (3)
  • STAT 1220: Elements of Statistics (3)
  • LBST 2301: Critical Thinking (3)
  • PSYC 2171: Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3) or PSYC 3174: Organizational Psychology (3)

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $189.48 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $348.32 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $800.40 per credit hour

Find more information regarding tuition and fees here ».