Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation: Summer Sessions and Residency Requirements

Four courses in the EKU Online Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation curriculum require students to travel to the newly updated EKU Fire Labs in Richmond, Kentucky for intensive, hands-on sessions. 

This residency requirement, which will take place over two summers, will give you unprecedented opportunities to engage with your online classmates and instructors. Each summer, you will enroll in two course simultaneously. Each course will include online work from your home before and after the campus visit. Note that Summer Residency I must be completed before Summer Residency II. Contact your advisor to learn more.

Residency Dates and Schedule Dates

Summer 2017 Residency I – 7 Days - July 10-16, 2017 

FSE 380: Fire & Explosion Scene Analysis

In-depth study of fire, arson and explosive investigations, including the principles and techniques of scene preservation, analysis, management of investigations, documentation of the scene and determination of cause and origin. Prerequisite course: FSE 350.

FSE 450: Advanced Explosion & Bombing Investigation

In-depth study of explosion scene investigation, including the principles and techniques of scene preservation analysis, management of investigative functions, documentation of scene and determination of the cause of explosions. Prerequisite course: FSE 480. Your advisor will have to enter approval to take courses consecutively.

Summer 2017 Residency II – 7 Days - June 12-18, 2017

FSE 370: Electrical & Mechanical Systems Failure Analysis

Overview of design criteria for electrical and mechanical systems and components relative to fire safety via laboratory experiments, exemplar components and photographs that depict system and component failures that result in fire. Learning opportunities include engaging in destructive and non-destructive analysis of components and systems.

FSE 495: Fire, Arson & Explosion Case Preparation

Preparation of the fire, arson, and explosion case for trial, including preparation of demonstrative evidence, scene documentation for presentation, rules of evidence, case review and analysis and testimony. Prerequisite course: FSE 450

Summer 2018 Residency I – 7 Days - July 9-15, 2018

FSE 380 and FSE 450

Summer 2018 Residency II – 7 Days - June 4-10, 2018

FSE 370 and FSE 495

Lodging Information

There are two options for lodging: you can choose to stay in a residence hall room on campus or book a hotel room.

Residence Hall Information

EKU residence hall rooms will be made available to EKU Online students. Those who choose this option must follow campus housing rules, which means that family members and others are NOT allowed to stay the night. 

Currently, the EKU Housing Department can only accommodate requests for double rooms ( i.e. you will need to share with another student).  The fee will be $19/day. 

There may be a chance that we can book single rooms, but we will not know until the date gets closer. If that option exists, the fee for a single room will be $28/day


Students who want to stay on campus should contact Christy Templeton at as soon as possible so that she can provide additional information. For more information regarding housing on campus, please contact Dave Scott at

Hotel Information

All options are within a 5 minute drive of campus.

Holiday Inn Express
EKU Student rate $109 per night. Please contact Sharlene Bryant by May 30 for Summer Residency II or by June 27 for Summer Residency I. Only 10 king rooms are blocked off at this hotel for each residency.

Hampton Inn
$90 per night

Comfort Suites
EKU Student rate: $74.99 per night

Best Western
(No sprinklers)
$65 per night