Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation

College of Justice, Safety and Military Science
Student in a firefighting exercise

Degree Options

On-Campus Degrees

Online Degrees

Who Would be Interested in Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation?

Students with an interest in:

  • Learning to investigate the causes of fire that are accidental or purposeful
  • Investigating explosions

Why Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation?

Degree Benefits

  • Courses in the Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation program include a broad-based study of fire science. The program provides an emphasis on the knowledge and skills needed to explore, determine and document the origin and cause of fire.
  • Students will learn about the entire fire, arson and explosion investigation process from learning how fire behaves, how to process a crime scene and the principles of criminal investigations and how to prepare a case for trial.
  • Our fire & safety degrees are accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
  • EKU Fire & Safety programs have been taught for more than 30 years.
  • Students in our programs will begin taking fire & safety classes their very first semester at EKU.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend and be involved in national conferences including FDIC (Fire Departments Instructors Conference) and IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs).


The fire and safety programs are housed in the Ashland Inc. Fire and Safety Laboratory. The facilities include a seven-room test burn building, fire chemistry and evidence inspection lab, fire extinguisher service lab, pump lab, sprinkler control valve room, and sprinkler flow room.

Learn from the Best

Faculty members in the fire and safety degree programs are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, research and dedication to the fire and safety fields. However, perhaps most importantly, the professors are especially dedicated to student success and are involved in every aspect of fire and safety.

Faculty are active in a number of professional organizations including:

  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors
  • International Association of Arson Investigators

Independent Study & Internship Opportunities

All students in the Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation program will complete a co-op as part of the program requirements.

Examples of past co-ops include:

  • Fire departments (small and large)
  • Fire Department New York City
  • Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta Fire Departments
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Unified Fire Investigations
  • Jensen Hughes
  • Federal law enforcement agencies: ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) and FBI

Students can choose to work with a professor through an Independent Study, which allows them to pursue specific topics of interest.

  • Example: safety of space heaters
  • Several students' research has been published before they graduated and several have been accepted into the prestigious National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), where they work with the world's best fire researchers.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Career Examples:

  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Investigator (public and private)
  • Fire and Arson Investigations Detective
  • ATF Agent
  • Firefighter
  • Fire Marshal
  • Building Inspector
  • Insurance Company Consultant

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation as their major upon applying to the university.

Students will be required to take college algebra and chemistry as part of the program requirements.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Local & State Fire Departments
  • Fire Marshal's Office
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
  • Unified Fire Investigations
  • Jensen Hughes

How Do I Get More Information?

On-Campus Program Information

Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation
Contact Jacinda Bertie or Rebecca Moore at: 859-622-6520 859-622-7873

Online Program Information
Jordan Tayce, Online Enrollment Advisor

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?