FIRE SCIENCE PROGRAM - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I need an Associate degree to start my Bachelor's degree with Cogswell College?

It is recommended that new applicants hold an A.S. or A.A. degree in Fire Science, but NOT Required. You may take lower division requirements while working toward your B.S. degree. However, you must have completed at least 12 of the 27 required units of the lower division fire science and the lower division English 100 level composition course before beginning upper division courses.

What is the tuition for the Fire Science Program?

Our current tuition is $729 per 3-unit course ($243 per unit).

How do I apply for admission?

An Application for Admission form is included in this packet. Fill it out and complete the required essay. Submit the application, essay, application fee, and a photocopy of your high school diploma to the Admissions office. We suggest that you request official transcripts from colleges you attended and have them sent directly to the Cogswell's Admissions office at 1175 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.

When will I receive a response to my application?

When Admissions receives a complete application package, your file will be forwarded to the Fire Science Department office for evaluation. The process takes approximately two weeks. If accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter and a transcript evaluation.

What courses will transfer from my past schooling?

When Admissions receives a complete application package, your file will be forwarded to the Fire Science Department office for evaluation. The process takes approximately two weeks. If accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter and a transcript evaluation.

What courses must be taken from Cogswell?

All upper-division Fire Science (33 units) courses and 27 units of GE courses MUST be taken from Cogswell.

Can Fire Service Certificates or National Fire Academy courses fulfill any of my requirements?

Yes, the college gives limited credit for certain certifications earned through the US State Fire Marshall Training/Education Programs and the National Fire Academy to meet certain lower division Fire Science and upper division Management/Public Administration requirement.

How often must I take courses in order to remain current in the program?

To remain current in the program, a student must take and successfully complete at least one course that fulfills a curriculum requirement during the fall, spring, and summer sessions respectively; a total of three courses per academic year. A student returning after a hiatus must reapply for admission to the program.

How many courses may I take each term?

It depends on how soon you want to earn your degree. As long as students remain current in the program by taking at least one course per term, students may take as many courses as they wish. Many students combine one or two distance course with one or more resident course per term. In is important to follow the sequence of courses mapped out in the Program of Study Sheet.

What is the purpose of the Resident Programs?

The Resident Program gives students the chance to work with other students, network and meet faculty members face-to-face. With emphasis on group projects and classroom interaction, the courses taught in resident programs offer a nice change of pace from the more solitary, written-response format used in distance courses.

What Course Management System (CMS) Cogswell uses for online courses?

Cogswell uses a robust online course management system known as ETUDES-NG: Easy To Use Distance Education System - Next Generation. ETUDES-NG is comparable in features to Blackboard Professional.

Is there any financial aid for Fire Science students?

Yes, a comprehensive package of Financial Aid, including a Federal Title IV financial aid package, is available to eligible students. Cogswell also awards a modest number of scholarships specifically available for Fire Science Program students each year. Cogswell is also approved for Veteran's and military benefits.

What Makes Cogswell Fire Science Program Unique?

  • The program is Regionally Accredited by WASC and is certified by the National Fire Academy and follows the FESHE Curriculum.
  • Besides a BS Degree, students, if qualified, may earn two NFA Certificates: NFA Certificate of Completion & NFA Certificate of Achievement.
  • Low Fees and Tuition: Current tuition is $234 per unit; a fraction of what for-profit universities charge.
  • The program is a member of seven FESHE Consortium Schools in the United States.
  • High Credit transfer rate from other institutions. The Program has active articulation agreements with most community colleges offering AS/AA Degrees in Fire Science.
  • Some certifications earned through State Fire Marshall Training Programs may translate into College Credit.
  • Comprehensive package of Financial Aid, including Federal Title IV financial aid package.