The Fire Science program is designed to provide a broad-based knowledge of current and future advances in the fire and emergency services occupation. It will prepare students to enter the exciting and rewarding field of fire and emergency services 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 classes are aligned to the Fire and Emergency Service Higher Education national standards that are critical in the development of community fire departments.

Occupational Objectives

Personal development of interested personnel for occupations such as: firefighter (structural and aircraft), fire officer, fire protection specialist, apparatus driver, emergency dispatcher, fire/emergency service instructor, fire/building inspector, fire/arson investigator, wildland firefighter, rescue technician, emergency service provider, hazardous materials technician, fire safety specialist, emergency manager, occupational safety and risk management, fire insurance appraiser, fire equipment sales representatives or other related positions.

Admission Requirements

All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may 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, six core fire science courses and six elective courses. Instruction includes both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for success in the occupations related to this degree. The student is urged to consult with a counselor and the faculty advisor in planning a roadmap for this program. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology.

Program Questions

For specific questions about this program or to get appropriate information contact admissions@germanna.edu

Fire Science Technology Curriculum:

Total Credits 67
Degree Requirements Courses Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111-112 6
Mathematics MTH 120 3
Natural Sciences Any BIO, CHM, ENV, NAV, GOL, or PHY 4
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)1 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 ECO2, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC 6
Communication CST 100 3
Other Requirements ITE 1153 3
Major Requirements FST 100, 110, 115, 1214, 215, 220 18
Total Minimum Credits 49
Elective Requirements 18

Suggested Scheduling:

First Year Fall

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

First Year Spring

Course Credits
MTH 154 3
Humanities 3
FST Elective 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 Elective 3
FST 220 3
FST Elective 3
Total Credits 17

Second Year Spring

Course Credits
Natural Science 4
FST Elective 3
FST 215 3
FST Elective 3
FST Elective 3
Total Credits 16

  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 ”
  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 may be called upon to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.

Fire Science Roadmap

The following road map provided guidance on courses based on student interest and career progression. A total of 6 elective courses must be completed from the list below equaling a total 18 credits.

Administration Credits
FST 1112 3
FST 21o 3
FST 237 3
FST 2355 3
FST 245 3
FST 2406 3
Operations Credits
FST 112 3
FST 205 3
FST 2355 3
 FST 2406 3
HLT 100 & FST 245 6
OR EMS 111 & EMS120  8
Officer Credits
FST 135 3
FST 140 3
FST 210 3
FST 2355 3
FST 237 3
FST 250 3

Total credits required to complete the Fire Science Technology Associate Degree is 67.

* Note: Veterans and First Responders may be awarded credits for certification that meet the crosswalk conversion and health/physical education if they successfully completed Military Basic Training or Fire Academy Training (Fire Academy Training must be evaluated to determine if physical training was considered part of the curriculum).