Mar 24, 2023
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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).
Students with completed Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) certifications are awarded a block of 24 credits. These 24 credits are solely applicable to the Fire and Emergency Response Administration Extended Major and are not applicable to other B.S. or B.A. degree-granting programs at MSU Denver and cannot be utilized in any other way at MSU Denver.
Students can also receive a maximum of 24 credits towards electives with a paramedic certification (24 credits) or EMT Basic Certification (12 credits), Firefighter 1 (9 credits) and/or Hazardous Materials Operation Certificate (3 credits). These credits may be transferred to another program (major or minor) with permission from that department.
- 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.
- 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 not required for this program unless the student does the Fire and Emergency Response Administration, 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.
Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits
- Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ 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.
Required Courses: 21 credits
Electives: 12 credits
Students must select 12 credits from the following:
- Any FER Course
- Any HSP Course
Students must take a total of 24 credit hours from a regionally accredited Colorado Community College and/or possess a state or national certification in these areas.
9 credits Firefighter I and/or
12 credits EMT Basic Certificate and/or
3 Credits Hazardous Materials Operation Certificate
Have a current and valid Colorado and/or national Paramedic Certification
Have a current Peace Officer Standing and Training (POST) certificate
Senior Experience: 3 credits
Summary of Requirements
|General Studies Requirements
|Total for the Fire and Emergency Response Administration Extended Major, B.S.
Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ 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.
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