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Preparing for University

Students planning to study fire protection engineering in college should complete a college preparatory high school curriculum. The following high school courses are recommended:

Mathematics – including:

  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Introductory Calculus

Laboratory Science – including:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Other Resources

SFPE offers the following free related resources for those who may be interested in becoming a fire protection engineer:

Guide to Careers in Fire Protection Engineering

Careers in FPE

This guide features trends and topics specifics to work in the fire protection engineering field.


The Chemistry of Fire

Chemistry of FireChemistry of fire is geared towards high school chemistry students. It teaches students the science behind fire as a way to understand the dangers of fire. As a result, it increases the awareness of fire and the importance of home fire prevention. The interactive program includes a teacher’s guide with five lesson plans, a DVD that demonstrates exciting experiments included in the lessons, three classroom posters and a web site where teachers and students can find more classroom and career resources. The program is aligned to the National Science Teachers Association Standards for 9th – 12th grades.

 If you would like to receive a free copy of the Guide to Careers in Fire Protection Engineering or the Chemistry of Fire DVD contact SFPE.

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