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About the Fire Protection Engineering Program

Fire Protection is an engineering discipline that is still growing, and offers a variety of excellent career opportunities. These cover a wide spectrum involving safety assessment reviews, hazards analysis and research, loss prevention and regulatory issues.

The fire protection engineering student receives a fundamental engineering education involving the subjects of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The program builds on other core engineering subjects of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer with emphasis on principles and phenomena related to fire. Fluid mechanics includes applications to sprinkler design, suppression systems, and smoke movement. Heat transfer introduces the student to principles of evaporation for liquid fuels. The subject of combustion is introduced involving premixed and diffusion flames, ignition and flame spread, and burning processes. Laboratory experience is gained by being exposed to standard fire tests and measurements. Design procedures are emphasized for systems involving suppression, detection, alarm, and building safety requirements. The background and application of codes and standards are studied to prepare the student for practice in the field. System concepts of fire safety and methods of analysis are presented. A senior design or research project is required which gives the student an opportunity to explore issues beyond the normal classroom environment.

Fire Protection Engineering Curriculum

This 4-year undergraduate curriculum went into effect in 2012. Students must complete 121-125 credits and fulfill all Departmental, College, and University requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Please check the University's Online Undergraduate Catalog for a description of the Fire Protection Engineering program and a detailed listing of approved Fire Protection Engineering courses.

 
Fall
Semester
Spring
Semester
ENGL 101 Academic Writing 3 -
General Education General Education Requirements -
6
CHEM 135 General Chemistry for Engineers 3 -
MATH 140, 141 Calculus I, II 4 4
ENES 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 3 -
ENES 102 Mechanics I - 3
PHYS 161 General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics - 3
ENFP 101 (optional) Hot Topics in Fire 1 -
 
Total :    
14 16

 

 

Fall
Semester
Spring
Semester
General Education General Education Requirements 3 -
General Education Oral Communication - 3
MATH 246 Differential Equations 3 -
MATH 240/MATH 241 Linear Algebra or Calculus III - 4
MATH 206 Introduction to MATLAB 1
-
PHYS 260, 261 General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Elect… 4 -
ENES 232 Thermodynamics - 3
ENES 221 Dynamics 3 -
ENES 220 Mechanics II
-
3
ENFP 250 Introduction to Life Safety Analysis 3 -
ENFP 300 Fire Protection Fluid Mechanics - 3
 
Total :    
17 16

 

 
Fall
Semester
Spring
Semester
General Education General Education Requirements 3 3
ENGL 393 Technical Writing - 3
ENFP 310 Water Based Fire Protection Systems Design
3
-
ENFP 312 Heat and Mass Transfer
3
-
ENFP 320 Fire Assessment Methods and Laboratory
-
4
ENFP 350 Professional Development Seminar
-
1
ENFP 440 Smoke Management and Fire Alarm Systems - 3
Technical Elective* Technical Electives 3 -
Elective** General Elective
3
-
 
Total :    
15 14

*Technical Electives must include the following: at least 3 credits of MATH or STAT400+; at least 3 credits of ENFP400+; and at least 6 credits of Engineering coursework 300+, CHEM400+, or PHYS400+.

 
Fall
Semester
Spring
Semester
ENFP 405 Structural Fire Protection 3 -
ENFP 410 Advanced Fire Suppression   3
ENFP 411 Risk-Informed Performance Based Design - 3
ENFP 413 Advanced Life Safety Analysis
3
-
ENFP 415 Fire Dynamics
3
-
ENFP 425 Enclosure Fire Modeling
3
-
ENFP 426 Computational Methods in FPE
-
3
Technical Elective* Technical Electives  3 6
 
Total :    
15 15

*Technical Electives must include the following: at least 3 credits of MATH or STAT400+; at least 3 credits of ENFP400+; and at least 6 credits of Engineering coursework 300+, CHEM400+, or PHYS400+.


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