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.
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.
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.
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:
|Total Minimum Credits||67|
|Student Development||SDV 100 or any approved SDV course||1|
|Natural Sciences||Any BIO, CHM, ENV, NAV, 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|
|Major Requirements||FST 100, 110, 112, 115, 1215, 205, 210, 220, 2356, 2407, 245||36|
|Other Requirements||ITE 1154||3|
First Year Fall
First Year Spring
Second Year Fall
Second Year Spring
1 Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.
2 ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take ECO 120 cannot receive credit for either ECO 201 or ECO 202. Students who take either ECO 201 or ECO 202 cannot receive credit for ECO 120.
3 Students who pass the Computer Competency Test must select another course in FST or other disciplines
4 Students who present certification as both Fire Instructor I and II may be granted credit for FST 121 “Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety.”
5 Students who present certification as both Fire Officer I and II may be granted credit for FST 235 “Strategy & Tactics.”
6 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