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:

Total Minimum Credits 67
Degree RequirementsCoursesCredits
Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1
EnglishENG 111-112 6
MathematicsMTH 1203
Natural SciencesAny BIO, CHM, ENV, NAV, GOL, or PHY4
Health/Physical EducationAny HLT or PED course(s)22
HumanitiesAny course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL or Foreign Language3
Social SciencesECO 120 or ECO 201, and any course from ECO3, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC6
CommunicationCST 1003
Major RequirementsFST 100, 110, 112, 115, 1215, 205, 210, 220, 2356, 2407, 24536
Other RequirementsITE 11543

Suggested Scheduling:


First Year Fall

CourseCredits
SDV 1001
FST 1003
ITE 115 3
ENG 1113
FST 1103
Social Science3
Total Credits16

First Year Spring

CourseCredits
MTH 1203
ENG 1123
Humanities3
FST 1123
FST 1153
FST 1213
Total Credits18

Second Year Fall

CourseCredits
Social Science3
PE/Health2
CST 1003
FST 2053
FST 2203
FST 2403
Total Credits17

Second Year Spring

CourseCredits
Lab  Science 4
FST 2103
FST 2153
FST 2353
FST 2453
  
Total Credits16

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

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