BIOL 216 - Biostatistics for Wildfire Science (3 units)
|Covers techniques and underlying principles necessary to analyze various types of
data used in wildfire science professions. Introduces sampling and experimental design,
descriptive statistics, graphical display of data, point and interval estimation methods,
and common hypothesis testing methods, including t-tests, linear regression, and analysis
of variance. Study cases focus on the use of statistical analysis in support of scientific
reasoning, as it applies to firefighting professions. Biology majors cannot take this
course for the major.
BIOL 338 - Human Impact on the Environment (3 units)
|Considers the major areas where human use of resources and consequent waste production
(chemical, industrial, and biological) have had a negative impact on specific environments
and on the species that inhabit them. An attempt will be made to identify areas of
future adverse human impact and to evolve remedial solutions.
BIOL 339 - Conservation Biology (3 units)
|Study of the principles of ecology applied to plant and animal populations considered
endangered, threatened, or at risk. Investigates the complex factors contributing
to the dynamics, decline, extinction, and perhaps recovery of species. Develops a
stewardship perspective rooted in biological principles and considers the associated
cultural, historical, economic, and political issues. Local, regional, and global
conservation strategies are discussed.
BIOL 391 - Fire Ecology (3 units)
|Covers an interdisciplinary review and study of wildfires as a natural and man-made
biophysical and ecological process. Evaluates the costs and benefits of wildfires
and prescribed burns as a tool for land management, and the implications for endangered
species, habitat, soils, air quality, and watersheds. Explores fire history, and fire
in the context of global environmental change. Addresses current issues in fire ecology
in the Western U.S. and globally, including readings and discussions of recent scientific
literature. Prerequisites: BIOL 210, 211 or enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Wildfire
Science and the Urban Interface program.
BIOL 392 - Natural Resource Management (3 units)
|Covers management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals,
with a particular focus on how management affects quality of life, ecosystems, and
long-term sustainability. Reviews and evaluates how management decisions influence
ecosystem health, with a specific emphasis on the impacts related to invasive species,
disease, insects, climate change and wildfires. Covers timely and topical relevant
readings from the primary literature, especially those dealing with the current state
of our knowledge of natural resource management, ecology, and public policy. Prerequisites: BIOL 210, 211 or enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Wildfire
Science and the Urban Interface program.
CHEM 311 - Chemicals and the Environment (3 units)
|A survey on chemicals of natural and industrial origin found in the environment, with
emphasis on the chemical reactions of these substances and the effect on the quality
of life on planet Earth. The areas covered are: chemical structures, inorganic and
organic chemicals of natural and synthetic origins and the reactions of these chemicals,
the effects of these chemicals on the environment (the atmosphere, soil, water ways,
plants, and animals, especially human nutrition and health.) Intended for the non-chemistry
FIRE 101 - Wildland Urban Interface (3 units)
|Overview of the wildland urban interface (WUI), which is a complex mix of native and
ornamental vegetation, agriculture, industrial, commercial, and residential areas.
Explores the challenges WUI firefighters face where vegetation, vehicles, structures,
and infrastructure are at risk. Improves understanding of the WUI, including response
strategies, interface awareness, size-up, initial attack, incident action planning,
structure triage, structure protection tactics, and health/safety. Covers issues related
to land-use planning and design, policy-making, and protection of natural areas.
FIRE 105 - Fire Science (3 units)
Covers fire conditions, tactics, and strategies to mitigate fire and fire behaviors,
emphasizing wildland and urban interface fires. Discusses fire chemistry including
oxidizers, chemical process of combustion, and properties of solid, liquid, and gas
fuels. Reviews basic fire chemistry for hazardous materials, identification, reactivity,
and health/safety implications. Explores issues related to pyrolysis, the properties
of the states of matter, sources of energy for fires, and the properties of heat and
FIRE 210 - Emerging Technologies and Topics (3 units)
|Review of current and emerging topics and technologies on wildland and urban interface
fires through readings, case studies, and presentations. Evaluates advanced technology
described by subject matter experts who will explain the technology and familiarize
students with the tools to analyze and understand the legal, ethical, and operational
requirements for new technologies. Evaluate and review the cost benefit analysis and
a rigorous, scientific processes for testing, adoption, evaluation, and integration
of new technologies, products, and procedures into the fire services.
FIRE 351 - Wildfire Law and Economics 351 (3 units)
|Discussion of major concepts in environmental laws, regulations, and policies related
to land management, forestry, and urban growth. Reviews the evolution of natural resource
and land use policy, with emphasis on the local, state, and federal government, and
considers the role of science, law, and economics. Examines analytical techniques
and tools to evaluate liability, risk, and the social, economic, and environmental
consequences of wildfires. Examines the roles of judicial oversight, administrative
procedures, politics, key organizations, agencies, and stakeholders. Prerequisite: FIRE 101.
FIRE 352 - Emergency Management, Operations and Administration (3 units)
|Introduces and discusses emergency management techniques, organizational and professional
communication, and strategies for problem solving within fire science. Introduces
and explains academic foundations on leadership and administration within the fire
service, with an emphasis on multi-professional approaches, cooperation, and coordination.
Addresses human resource, labor relations, and legal frameworks to applied fire service
settings as well as a study of employee safety, risks and healthy/safe work environments.
FIRE 353 - Firefighter Health and Safety (3 units)
|Introduces the health and safety implications of firefighting, including hazard identification,
situational awareness, and risk assessment. Reviews and examines technical and scientific
procedures for evaluating new techniques, protocols, and technologies. Includes a
comprehensive review of resources and information, organizations, regulatory, and
legal frameworks, including NFPA, NIOSH, CDC, OSHA, NIST, and the IAFF. Covers occupational
exposures and limits, injuries, fatalities, health consequences and how tactics, strategies,
resources, staffing, personal protective equipment, and situational awareness influence
FIRE 354 - Firefighter Stress, Behavioral and Mental Health (3 units)
|Covers industry culture, myths, beliefs, behavioral health, strategies for addressing
occupational health and wellness, support services, and behavioral health assistance
for first responders. Examines and evaluates the sources of occupational stress and
the regularity of incidents that expose first responders to often shocking, dangerous
and stressful situations and potentially traumatic events. Covers suicide prevention/awareness,
warning signs/symptoms, communication, emotional and physical behaviors, stress, anxiety,
post-traumatic stress, addiction, depression, anger, and separation/retirement.
FIRE 355 - Land Use Planning and Community Resiliency (3 units)
|Covers how to plan and design strong, fire resilient communities. Subjects include land use planning, resource management, homeland
security, natural disasters, and wildfires. Examines and evaluates how communities address vulnerability, risk, resiliency,
and sustainability using case studies to highlight best practices for planning, preparedness,
evacuation, management, design, materials, model codes and ordinances. Discussion
of tools available for assessing risk, physical, social, and economic vulnerabilities,
and how resilient community planning addresses people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure,
cultural and natural resources.
FIRE 402 - Fire Behavior, Fuels, and Resource management (3 units)
Covers the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and analytical tools to understand
and evaluate fire behavior prediction systems, with attention to assumptions, limitations, uncertainty,
sensitivity, and probability. Explains and demonstrates how fuels, land use, and environmental
conditions influence combustion and behavior by using fire models, with discussion on how resource deployment and land management influences
outcomes of an incident. Examines and evaluates the tools and approaches for inventory
and management of fuels for wildland fires over large, diverse areas in forests, woodlands, shrubland, and grasslands.
Prerequisite(s): FIRE 101.
FIRE 489 - Research Methods and Design (3 units)
|Capstone experience focused on a foundation in scientific research, research design,
effective communication practices, and interview skills. Integrates interdisciplinary
approaches to research in the wildfire and wildland urban interface. Emphasizes fundamental
principles and practices of scientific method, research ethics and responsible conduct,
and the organization of scientific inquiry in institutions of higher learning. Prepares
students for independent research experience in FIRE 499. Prerequisite: BIOL 216 or
consent of instructor.
FIRE 499 - Senior Experience in Wildfire Science (3 units)
|Capstone experience and participation in independent library or laboratory research
projects on wildfires and/or the urban interface. Prerequisite 489 and instructor
PHIL 340 - Ethics and the Environment (3 units)
|A study of recent developments in the field of environmental ethics: Examines the
moral and ethical status of the natural world. Environmental ethics is the attempt
to think through issues such as: the proper place of human beings in nature, the extent
of our moral and ethical obligations to the natural world, the ethical foundations
of public environmental policy, the principles that govern environmental use and protection,
and the legitimacy of various approaches to environmental advocacy. A survey of classical
ethical theories will provide context for discussion of environmental ethics, and
examination of current environmental issues (i.e., the Endangered Species Act, the
debate over use of public lands) will serve as a “testing ground” for the practical
application of environmental ethical theories.