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Fire and Emergency Response Administration, B.S.

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Department of Human Services and Counseling  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The mission of the MSU Denver Fire and Emergency Response Administration (FERA) degree program is to promote higher education and to enhance the value of the fire and emergency response professions in order to promote a safer community and to reduce the loss of life, property, and the number of physical and emotional casualties from fire and other life-threatening events. 

MSU Denver is one of only a few college and university programs in the country to carry the “Certificate of Recognition” from the National Fire Academy-Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education for every FESHE course offered by the university. 

Fire and Emergency Response courses at MSU are part of a nationally standardized curriculum based on the National Fire Academy-Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model Curriculum and are intended to meet higher education criteria set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). 

Student Outcomes

  • Improve language, writing, and communication skills 
  • Exercise analytical and critical thinking 
  • Develop awareness of current global management issues in emergency services 
  • Develop a broad knowledge base of emergency services 
  • Apply management models compatible with the National Incident Management System 
  • Understand community risk reduction and mitigation efforts  
  • Understand the science and data  behind  fire investigations and tactical operations 
  • Gain insight into human behavior during emergencies  
  • Acquire insight into modern  political and legal limitations on emergency services 
  • Understand the need for ethical leadership

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is required for this program unless the student does the Fire and Emergency Response Administration Extended Major, B.S.  

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Courses 21 credits
Major Electives 16 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 44-47 credits
Total for the Fire and Emergency Response Administration, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.


* Prerequisite: General Studies Written Communication requirement
** Prerequisite: General Studies Written Communication requirement; HSP 1010 and HSP 2030 as prerequisites
***Prerequisite: GWS 1001 plus six hours in GWS or HSP 1010 plus six hours in HSP
*****Prerequisite: GWS 1001, or AAS 1010, or CJC 1010, or HSP 1010, or PSY 1001, or SWK 1010
^ Prerequisites: ENG 1010, ENG 1020, completion of General Studies requirements in Oral Communication and Quantitative Literacy, and at least junior standing
^^ Prerequisite: MGT 3000
^^^ Prerequisite: COMM 1010
~ Prerequisite: PSC1010 or PSC 1020
~~ Prerequisite: Written Communication, Oral Communication and Quantitative Literacy

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