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The fire protection and safety technology (FPST) curriculum provides preparation for assessing and reducing the loss potential with respect to fire, safety, industrial hygiene, and hazardous material incidents. With respect to fire, reducing the loss potential might involve setting design criteria with a special emphasis on life safety or fire resistivity or specifying automatic detection or extinguishing systems. When considering safety, reducing accidents may require special protective equipment or clothing, or the redesign of machinery or processes. Reducing losses caused by environmental problems may require sampling air for contaminants, such as asbestos or toxic chemicals, or monitoring noise levels, and the development of procedures to address practical approaches to compliance with state and federal regulations. Addressing the problems of handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals, such as spill control, is often required. Managing risk and compliance with federal laws and regulations relative to occupational safety and health and hazardous materials is an increasingly important job activity.

The fire protection and safety engineering technology program began at Oklahoma State University in 1937. The demand by business and industry for loss control specialists has resulted in the evolution of the program into one that now places emphasis on fire protection, safety, and occupational/environmental health. The FPST program prepares graduates for careers in loss control. The loss control profession is segmented into three major areas: loss from fire, loss from physical accidents, and loss from environmental exposure.

The curriculum is designed to immediately introduce the student to studies in fire protection and safety. Therefore, students are able to measure their interest in a fire protection and safety career early in their academic program. The curriculum is rigorous in the areas of mathematics and the physical sciences. Two semesters of calculus are required as well as two semesters of chemistry and one semester of physics. Computer usage is an essential component of most fire protection and safety courses. Interested high school students should design their high school programs to prepare themselves for college level mathematics and science classes.

The program concludes with the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree in fire protection and safety.

Program Educational Objectives. OSU Fire Protection and Safety graduates a few years after graduation will be:

• Earning and pursuing personal, technical and professional advancement through their employment.

• Continuing the pursuit of life-long learning through membership and participation in professional organizations.

• Developing business expertise within their selected employment organization.

• Successfully applying mathematical, analytical, and technical skills to solve complex problems in the selected field.

• Meeting the highest standards of ethical practice in their profession.

The Fire Protection and Safety Technology Professional School

In accord with the professional nature of a career in Fire Protection and Safety Technology (FPST), a student entering OSU is admitted into a Fire Protection and Safety Technology pre-professional program. Near the completion of this pre-professional course work, the student is considered for admission to the professional school of Fire Protection and Safety Technology to continue in the upper-division program. Upon meeting admission standards, the student then pursues a curriculum leading to the BS degree in Engineering Technology.

Pre-professional School. The content of the pre-professional program includes course work devoted to mathematics through calculus, communication skills, general chemistry, general physics, engineering sciences, and discipline specific foundation courses. This lower-division course work is devoted to preparing the student for professional school.

Professional School. Upon formal admission to FPST professional school, the student proceeds through the junior and senior years of the degree program, fulfilling “Major Requirements” as listed on the degree requirements sheets located in the Undergraduate Programs and Requirements publication that can be found online at Upon completion of all degree requirements, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology, Fire Protection and Safety Technology.

The graduates of the fire protection and safety engineering technology program at Oklahoma State University are consistently recruited by the major businesses and industries of the United States. Graduate placement, salary offers, and advancement into managerial positions have been excellent due to the uniqueness and high technical quality of the OSU fire protection and safety technology program.

The Fire Protection and Safety Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
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