The Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and Program Criteria for Fire Protection and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

The 120-credit degree program is designed to give graduates the breadth and depth of knowledge they need to work in the field of fire protection engineering and to continue learning throughout their careers. 

 

  • Practice fire protection engineering regionally and/or globally
  • Pursue advanced studies in fire protection engineering or related fields
  • Actively participate in the development of engineering decisions on societal, environmental, economic and safety issues at the local or global levels
  • Achieve professional certification and licensure
  • Maintain continual professional competency and practice ethically

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering is using the following ABET learning outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The ABET Student Outcomes (SOs) listed above have been deconstructed by the department's CAC and department faculty to facilitate assessment.  The deconstructed SOs allows the department to assess explicitly each specific component of SOs for those which include multiple aspects, i.e. those statements with "and" included in the statement.  The decomposition of SOs used by the department is presented below.

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

  •  an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare as well as cultural and economic factors
  •  an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare as well as environmental factors
  •  an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare as well as social factors
  •  an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare as well as global factors 

3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  • an ability to communicate effectively orally
  • an ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences (orally or in writing) 

4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

  • an ability to recognize ethical responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions
  • an ability to recognize professional responsibilities in engineering situations
  • an ability to make informed judgments, consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, and environmental contexts.
  • an ability to make informed judgments, consider the impact of engineering solutions in societal contexts.

5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment and function effectively on a team whose members together establish goals
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together plan tasks and meet objectives.

6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation
  • an ability to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7.  An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
 

The current overall undergraduate enrollment in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering is 93 students distributed over all four years of study.

In the 2022-2023 academic year, the Department of Fire Protection Engineering awarded 48 Bachelor of Science degrees.


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