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Preparing for University

Students planning to study fire protection engineering at the university level should complete a university preparatory high school curriculum. The following high school courses are recommended:


  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Introductory Calculus

Laboratory Science

  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Other Resources

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

Guide to Careers in Fire Protection Engineering

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

The Chemistry of Fire

Chemistry 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 website 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.

Bachelor or Master of Science Degree Programs

The following schools offer Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degrees in fire protection engineering:

Schools with Courses in Fire Protection Engineering

The following schools offer individual courses in fire protection engineering. While it is not possible to earn a degree in fire protection engineering at these schools, courses can be used as electives in other engineering degree programs or applied towards a degree in fire protection engineering at another school.

FPE Technology Degree Programs

Distance Learning Opportunities

Some schools offer distance-learning programs that allow students to learn from home via the internet and through other distance learning tools. These programs can be a great resource for students who are unable to relocate. The following schools offer distance learning programs in fire protection engineering.

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