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The curriculum of the occupational safety program focuses on the safety and health of workers and the work environment, government regulations, and the principles and protective measures needed in...

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OS Core Courses

The courses in the online bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety program represent an in depth examination of the knowledge and procedures you’ll need to excel as an occupational safety...

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FPA Degree

Learn more about the curriculum and courses offered in EKU’s Fire Protection Administration bachelor’s degree program.

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FPA Core Courses

The core of this program focuses on the skills you’ll need to become a respected and skilled leader in fire protection administration and emergency response.

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FPSET Degree

Learn more about the curriculum and courses offered in EKU’s Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program.

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FPSET Core Courses

The core of this program focuses on the skills you’ll need to create higher fire safety standards, better protective equipment, efficient safety procedures, and more.

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SSEM Degree

Read more about the curriculum and courses offered when you enroll in our Master’s Degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management online degree program.

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Emergency Management Concentration

Learn more about the curriculum of the Master’s Degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management concentration in Emergency Management.

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Emergency Management Cert

Learn more about the curriculum of Eastern Kentucky University’s online Master’s Certificate in Emergency Management.

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Ergonomics Concentration

Learn more about the curriculum of the Master’s Degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management concentration in Ergonomics.

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Ergonomics Cert

Learn more about the curriculum of Eastern Kentucky University’s online Master’s Certificate in Ergonomics.

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Fire & Emergency Services Concentration

Learn more about the curriculum of the Master’s Degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management concentration in Fire and Emergency Services.

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Fire & Emergency Services Cert

Learn more about the curriculum of Eastern Kentucky University’s online Master’s Certificate in Fire and Emergency Services.

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Homeland Security Concentration

Learn more about the curriculum and courses you’ll take during EKU’s online Master’s Degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management – Homeland Security Concentration.

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Homeland Security Cert

Learn more about the curriculum of Eastern Kentucky University’s online Master’s Certificate in Homeland Security.

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Occupational Safety Concentration

Learn more about the curriculum of the Master’s Degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management concentration in Occupational Safety.

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Occupational Safety Cert

Learn more about the curriculum of Eastern Kentucky University’s online Master’s Certificate in Occupational Safety.

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SSEM Core Courses

The core of the Safety, Security & Emergency Management Master’s Degree Program represents the fundamental safety and security knowledge every student needs to know before entering his or her...

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SSE 885 – Quantitative Analysis in Safety, Security & Emergency Management

This course provides students with the understanding of advanced issues in identifying and evaluating problems related to safety, security, and emergency management by developing a systematic approach for evaluating evidence. Focusing on study design, measure of associations, confounding, interaction, and sources of bias and error, the student will gain an understanding of quantitative analysis and [...]

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SSE 890 – Lean Enterprise Practices in Safety and Emergency Services

SSE 890 Lean Enterprise Practices in Safety and Emergency Services A comprehensive review and discussion regarding lean management techniques in private industry and government. Topical applications include a history of lean management, process waste identification, creating flow in manufacturing and services. Creating standard workplaces and standard work to influence a safe culture of using the [...]

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SSE 870 – Principles of School Safety

This course is designed as an introductory course covering school safety for educators of all levels, education administrators and risk managers. The course will approach safety from the aspect of managing loss potentials for educational service employees, students and school visitors. The course progresses from defining school safety and exploring the concept of safety as [...]

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SSE 871 – Risk Management in Schools

Examine a range of potential risks and safety management strategies appropriate for educational settings. Review appropriate laws, regulations, codes and standards and develop safety management and crisis response strategies and programs.

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SSE 872 – Crisis Response, Management and Student Assistance

This course examines a range of emergency response, crisis management and recovery strategies appropriate for school settings and explores their effectiveness.

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SSE 873 – Program Development & Evaluation of Safety Interventions in Educational Settings

This course will explore strategies for developing and evaluating effective school safety interventions.

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SSE 860- Workers’ Compensation Administration

Workers’ compensation program administration will be reviewed from the perspective of practical activities that an employer should be engaged in to effectively manage work-related injury and illness claims. Transitional return to work programs and OSHA injury and illness record keeping practices will be reviewed as management system components that are closely associated with workers’ compensation [...]

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SSE 861- Labor & Employment Issues for Safety Professionals

The assessment and analysis of labor and employment issues which can impact the safety and health function in companies or organizations. This course will identify and analyze labor, management and safety related laws and regulations impacting the safety function, including but not limited to At Will employment doctrine, National Labor Relations Act and correlating labor [...]

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SSE 862- Labor Law and Collective Bargaining for Safety Professionals

This course will explore the foundations of collective bargaining process under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It will also discuss the beginning of the process, how employees and unions organize in today’s industrial society; the tactics employed by both unions and employers during the organizing campaign; union avoidance; and the proposed changes in the [...]

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SSE 863- Issues in Discrimination Law for Safety Professionals

The assessment and analysis of discrimination issues and laws which can impact the safety and health function in most organizations. This course will identify and analyze the interplay and impact of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and Pregnancy Discrimination [...]

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SEC 210 – Security Systems Integration

Principles of vulnerability and risk assessment including physical security surveys, integrated physical security systems, risk and threat identification, mitigation, threat analysis, criticality, and risk assessment.

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CHE 102/102L – Introductory Chemistry II

Continuation of CHE 101, emphasis on elementary organic chemistry, biochemistry, and industrial chemistry.

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CHE 101/101L – General Chemistry

For students who plan to take no more than one year of chemistry. Basic principles of structure and properties of matter, chemical nomenclature and reactivity.

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CHE 111/111L – General Chemistry I/Lab

Prepares students for further studies in chemistry. Basic laboratory techniques, methods of separation, types of chemical reactions, solution preparation and standardization, titrations, molecular modeling, qualitative analysis, gases, virtual labs on computer.

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CHE 112/112L – General Chemistry II/Lab

Kinetics and equilibrium, solution chemistry, energy changes in chemical reactions, descriptive inorganic chemistry. Prepares students for further studies in chemistry.

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CON 303 – Statics and Strength of Materials

Study of loads, forces and their effects on rigid bodies and structures at rest. Computation of equilibrium reactions, internal forces, shear, moments, couples, friction, stress, strain, and deformation. Finding centroids and moments of inertia.

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CON 322 – Construction Structural Design

A study of the design of beams and columns using steel and wood. Principles of structural design related to the design of temporary structures used in the construction process.

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EHS 340 – Industrial Hygiene

The impact of the workplace on safety and health, and methods for avoiding work‑related illnesses. Emphasis will be on the evaluation and the control of the work environment to protect worker health.

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FSE 101 – Fire Prevention

Fire prevention begins with an introduction to fire and safety related codes, fire prevention methods, mechanical systems and engineering solutions for hazards.

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FSE 120 – Fire Behavior and Combustion

Gain a solid understanding of the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start and spread, as well as how they are controlled.

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FSE/OSH 200 – Applied Fire and Safety Analysis

The Applied Fire and Safety Analysis course is designed to familiarize you with the existing sources of fire science data and the procedures to follow when conducting research.

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FSE 221 – Fire Protection Systems

This course provides an introduction to fire protection systems and their relationship to control and extinguishment of fires.

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FSE/OSH 225 – Legal Aspects of Fire & Safety

Students in the Legal Aspects of Fire Protection and Safety course will examine the role of executive, legislative and legal decisions relating to personnel practices, employee safety, public protection and the legal responsibilities, liabilities, and authority of fire service practitioners.

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FSE 300W – Technical Writing for Emergency Services

Correct documentation and reporting of fire and safety matters is an essential element of the fire science industry. This course is designed to help students develop the oral and written communication skills specific to the public emergency services sector.

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FSE/OSH 305 – Hazardous Materials

Dealing with hazardous materials is an important component of emergency response. In this course, students learn the 8-step process involved with responding to a hazardous materials incident and discover how to implement a course of action.

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FSE/OSH 349 – Cooperative Studies

Course designed to combine classroom-based education with practical work experience. Academic credit is provided for structured job experience.

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MAT 107 – College Algebra

Real and complex numbers, integer and rational exponents, polynomial and rational equations and inequalities, graphs of functions and relations, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, matrices.

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MAT 124 – Calculus I

Functions, limits and continuity, derivatives and applications, integration, and introduction to and use of the computer package Mathematica or other appropriate technology.

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MAT 224 – Calculus II

Fundamental integration techniques, numerical integration, applications of integration, improper integrals, differential equations, infinite series, polar and parametric equations, and use of Mathematica or other appropriate technology.

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OSH 261 – Principles of Occupational Safety and Health

In the Principles of Occupational Safety and Health course students explore the history of the development of occupational safety and health, the structure and functioning of the OSHA.

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OSH 262 – Principles of Occupational Safety and Health Legislation

Review of OSHA standards with emphasis on compliance and liability reduction. Discussion of OSHA regulations including citations, penalties, inspections, and record keeping.

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OSH 366 – Hazard Identification and Control

Hands‑on approach toward identification and control. Areas of study include noise levels, chemical land electrical hazards, air contaminants, and heat/cold stress.

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OSH 367 – Human Factors in Occupational Safety

Focuses on ergonomics, man/machine interface and human efficiency. Study of work‑related stress, psychological factors, and Cumulative Trauma Disorders.

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OSH 379 – Construction Safety

An in-depth analysis of the federal and Commonwealth of Kentucky’s OSHA requirements for construction safety.

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OSH 390 – Workers Compensation I

The Workers Compensation course within the Fire Administration concentration is an in-depth study of the foundation of Worker Compensation law.

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OSH 410 – System Safety Analysis

System Safety Analysis is about the establishment of safety management systems. Students in this course will gain an understanding of safety as a system and learn how to diagram, report, and keep records of safety practices.

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OSH 412 – Safety and Health Program Management

Emphasis on personnel aspects, communication, and motivation in managing safety and health programs. Practice in writing safety programs and implementing safety training. Evaluation of the effectiveness of various methods and programs. (Prerequisites: FSE/OSH 200, 262, and 366; or departmental approval. )

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OSH 492 – Workers Compensation II

An in-depth study of the management of a workers compensation program. Emphasis will be placed on learning the provisions of the Kentucky Workers Compensation Act and the processing and management of worker compensation claims.

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OSH 495 – Senior Capstone

Students examine case studies, examine real life situations, combine knowledge they have gained from previous coursework, analyze and develop strategies, develop countermeasures, engage in strategic planning and policy development and training. (per-requisite OSH 492).

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PHY 131 – College Physics Lab

Fundamental ideas of mechanics, heat, and sound.

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PHY 201 – University Physics I

Composition and resolution of forces, laws of equilibrium, Newton’s laws of motion, work and energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, hydrodynamics, heat phenomena.

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PHY 202 – University Physics II

Electrostatics, electric potential, dielectrics, A.C. and D.C. circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday’s Law, sound, wave motion, geometrical and physical optics.

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PHY 375 – Thermodynamics

Study of temperature, thermodynamic systems, ideal gases, first and second law of thermodynamics, Carnot cycle, Kelvin temperature scale, entropy.

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TEC 190 – Technical Graphics

Shape and size description of objects using conventional projection techniques—multiview, axonometric, oblique, and perspective. Emphasis is placed on sketching with paper and pencil and with computers.

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PSY 200 – Introduction to Psychology

A survey of the major content areas and methods of psychology, including history, biological correlates, cognition, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion,development, personality, abnormal, therapy, and social behavior.

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TRS 235 – Emergency Vehicle Roadway Operations Safety

Program designed to learn collision prevention and crash mitigation techniques needed when an impending driving emergency occurs in an emergency response vehicle. Included in the course work is theory to introduce and simulate avoidance maneuvers.

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SSE 815 – Safety, Security & Emergency Management Administration

Examines administrative principles regarding organizing/managing functional areas of fire, safety, and security.

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SSE 820 – Strategic Planning for the Fire and Emergency Services

Comprehensive strategic planning including theory and value of strategic planning are examined. Steps to develop a strategic plan are examined and discussed.

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SSE 822 – Workers’ Compensation / Labor Law

Comprehensive study of workers compensation and regulations; National Labor Relations Act; Title VII; A.D.E.A.; and other relevant laws applicable to the functional areas of safety, security and emergency management.

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SSE 824 – Leadership in Fire & Emergency Services

Leadership issues including developing as a leader, leadership styles, decision skills, influencing persuasion, and storytelling are examined.

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SSE 825 – Public Sector Finance and Budgeting

This class examines the relationship of fire department budgeting within the scope of overall financial management of municipal governments.

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SSE 826 – Emergency Preparation and Response

In-depth study of the planning process, program development, training and assessment for response to man-made and natural emergencies/disasters within the public and private sectors.

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SSE 827 – Issues in Security Management

Survey of salient issues and concerns confronting security managers. Examines the application and contribution of various management concepts and philosophies to assets protection issues such as information security, personnel protection, threat analysis, technological adaptation, and resource allocation.

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SSE 828 – Industrial Safety Management

Investigation and analysis of hazard control principles relating to the management of personnel, facilities, and equipment, including control procedures, work-task analysis, risk identification and countermeasures, safety training, and pertinent safety management techniques.

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SSE 829 – Public Emergency Services

Overview of the theories and techniques of management practices regarding the operation and delivery of public sector emergency services.

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SSE 832 – Construction Safety

Introduction/analysis of general construction safety utilizing the key components of 29 CFR 196. Included in this study will be general safety & health provisions of OSH Act and a review of the various subparts of 29 CFR 1926.

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SSE 833 – Legislation & Legal Compliance

Comprehensive study and analysis of federal/state regulations and legislation such as OSHA and EPA, which mandate compliance with certain safety, health, and environmental conditions and practices relating to work performed in occupational, industrial, and comparable settings.

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SSE 834 – Corporate Compliance

The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas.

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SSE 839 – Applied Learning

Work under faculty and field supervisors in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, but only three hours may count toward master’s degree. A minimum of 80 hours is required for each hour of academic credit. Instructor: Larry Collins

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SSE 841 – Applied Study in Safety, Security and Emergency Management

Supervised study in safety, security and emergency settings to provide the student with an opportunity to synthesize theory and on-the-job situations.

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SSE 845 – Personal/Environmental Hazards

Analysis and investigation of hazard and threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks within the workplace. Investigation techniques, inspection methodologies, management techniques, and prevention programs essential to the manager within the safety, fire, and security functions are emphasized. Instructor: Program Coordinator Michael Schumann Click below to view videos from this course. SSE 845 [...]

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SSE 850 – Ergonomics and Human Factors

The assessment and analysis of ergonomic risk factors and development of an efficient and effective ergonomics program specifically focused on the private sector industrial employer.

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SSE 851 – Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems

This course is a continuation of the assessment and analysis of ergonomic risk factors, but will also address issues such as the NIOSH Lifting Equation, Office Ergonomics, special issues and problem areas in ergonomics, and legal concerns with ergonomic related legislation.

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SSE 852 – Ergonomics Process & Practice

The assessment, analysis and development of efficient and effective analysis methods specifically focused on ergonomic hazards in private sector industrial environments.

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SSE 853 – Applied Research in Ergonomics

Ergonomics will be considered from the perspective of applied research into legal and practical implementation challenges.

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SSE 865 – Auditing for Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Theory and application of auditing in safety, fire, security and emergency management settings. Comprehensive study of risk/threat exposure and assessment.

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SSE 880 – Research & Planning for Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Identification/evaluation of problems, data interpretation, research/planning, models/applications for contemporary approaches to proactive safety, security and emergency management.

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SSE 830 – Business Continuity

Business Continuity will be discussed as an extension of a facility Emergency Action Plan to include the general phases of emergency response, crisis management, and business restoration.

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SSE 831 – Evolution of U.S. Emergency Management

This course covers more than a century of catastrophic events including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, a pandemic, and explosions that were pivotal in the evolution of emergency management functions and systems in the United States.

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SSE 897 – Independent Study

Designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to conduct individual research relating to safety, security and emergency management. Independent study proposal form required prior to enrollment.

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SSE 898 – Thesis

For students preparing a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for master’s degree program. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours. Instructor: Scotty Dunlap

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HLS 800 – Homeland Security Policy Analysis

This course examines the political and organizational factors involved in developing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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HLS 810 – Critical Infrastructure Protection

Historical perspective of how various critical infrastructures have evolved and the quantitative approaches commonly used to evaluate them.

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HLS 820 – Intelligence for Homeland Security

This course examines key questions and issues facing the U.S. Intelligence Community and its role in homeland security and homeland defense.

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HLS 830 – Hazards & Threats to Homeland Security

Description and analysis of significant hazards and threats to national security, domestic security, and community safety, such as disasters, catastrophes, epidemics, accidents, technological failures, and terrorism.

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FSE 201 – Building Construction

A major component in the study of fire science is the examination of how fire and safety codes are planned into new construction and development projects.

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FSE 223 – Fire and Emergency Scene Operations

Fire professionals must be prepared to make emergency scene decisions using cutting-edge strategies and tactics.

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FSE 224 – Human Behavior in Fire

Examine current and past research on human behavior, systems models, life safety education and building design to determine interactions emergency situations.

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FSE 230 – Fire Prevention Organization & Management

Students in the Fire Prevention, Organization and Management course will examine the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, influences, and strategies.

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FSE 320 – Principles of Emergency Services

Students in the Principles of Fire and Safety Supervision course will examine the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, influences, and strategies.

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FSE 322 – Fire Protection Structures and System Design

Students in this course will be able to explain the basic concepts and principles involved with the design, inspection, installation, testing and maintenance of fire protections structures and systems.

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FSE 350 – Fire Arson and Explosion Investigation I

For investigators, firefighters and fire marshals, arson and explosions are an unfortunate but reoccurring part of the job.

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FSE 355 – Fire Dynamics

Fire Dynamics is an introduction to advanced fire and combustion concepts and the associated terminology and measurement techniques.

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FSE 360 – Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

The Water Supply for Fire Protection course addresses the role of water and how it plays a key component in fire prevention and suppression.

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FSE 365 – Instructor Methodology

The Emergency Service Instructional Methodology course provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills they’ll need to properly share their knowledge of Fire and Safety Engineering Technology with others.

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FSE 375 – Emergency Service Resource Management

The Fire and Emergency Service Resource Management Systems course begins with an introduction to management issues and accounting for related resources.

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FSE 400 – Advanced Emergency Services

During the Advanced Emergency Service Administration course, students will study the key managerial issues confronting contemporary fire service managers and develop an organizational plan for different types of fire departments.

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FSE 425 – Disaster & Community Fire Defense Planning

The Disaster and Community Fire Defense Planning course examines concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning and response to natural and man-made disasters.

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FSE 445 – Advanced Structural Fire Protection

Examines principles involved in structural fire protection: behavior of materials and design considerations for each material in regards to a structure’s design under fire attack and resistive protection methods.

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FSE 480 – Industrial Fire Safety

Fire scenario analyses for industrial installations using test data, loss experience and simplified theoretical modeling focusing on warehousing, storage of flammable liquids and safety of electrical equipment and computers.

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FSE 481 – Fire Protection Design

Comprehensive project emphasizing a team approach to the design process. Problem formulation; project management; drawings and specifications; cost.

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