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Fire Science Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: The Fire Science program is designed to provide a broad-based knowledge of current and future advances in the fire and emergency services field. It will prepare students to enter the exciting and rewarding field of fire protection as a volunteer or career member. It will also prepare fire service personnel for promotional advancement opportunities in career departments or other related fields. Additionally, these specific classes provide increased knowledge of many fire protection fundamentals that are critical in the development of community volunteer fire and rescue personnel.

Occupational Objectives: Personal development of volunteer or career fire service personnel for positions as a firefighter, fire officer, fire protection specialist, fire/emergency service instructor, fire or building inspector, fire/arson investigator, rescue technician, emergency medical service provider, hazardous materials technician, emergency manager, occupational safety and risk management, fire insurance appraiser, fire equipment sales representative or other related positions.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into the Management program requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. All entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes general education courses and fire science courses. Instruction includes both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for success in the fire science field. The student is urged to consult with a counselor and his/her faculty advisor in planning a program. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Fire Science Technology Curriculum:

Degree Requirements Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111 – 112 or ENG 1151 6
Mathematics MTH 120 3
Natural Sciences Any BIO, CHM, ENV, NAS, GOL, or PHY 4
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)2 2
Humanities Any course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL or Foreign Language 3
Social Sciences ECO 120 or ECO 201, and any course from ECO3,GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY or SOC 6
Communication CST 100 3
Major Requirements FST 100, 110, 112, 115, 1215, 205, 210, 215, 220, 2356, 2407, 245 36
Other Requirement ITE 1154 3
Total Minimum Credits   67

Suggested Scheduling

First Year: Fall

Course Credits
SDV 100 1
FST 100 3
ITE 115 3
ENG 111 3
FST 110 3
Social Science 1
Total Credits 16

First Year: Spring

Course Credits
MTH 120 3
ENG 112 3
Humanities 3
FST 112 3
FST 115 3
FST 121 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year: Fall

Course Credits
Social Science 3
PE/Health 2
CST 100 3
FST 205 3
FST 220 3
FST 240 3
Total Credits 17

Second Year: Spring

Course Credits
Lab Science 4
FST 210 3
FST 215 3
FST 235 3
FST 245 3
Total Credits 16

1 For students who plan to transfer ENG 112 is recommended.

2 Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.

3 ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course content. Students should take either ECO 120 or ECO 201-202 unless they plan to take all three courses. Students may not receive credit for ECO 120 if they have already completed both ECO 201 and ECO 202.

4 Students who pass the Computer Competency Test must select another course from either ACC, BUS, ECO2, FIN, or MKT.

5. Students who present certification as both Fire Instructor I and II may be granted credit for FST 121 “Principals of Fire & Emergency Services Safety.”

6. Students who present certification as both Fire Officer I and II may be granted credit for FST 235 “Strategy & Tactics.”

7. Students who present certification from the National Fire Academy in Leadership I, II & III may be granted credit for FST 240 “Fire Administration.”

Students graduating from this program will be required to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.

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