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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Science Technology, AAS


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Additional information available on the Fire Science Technology Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Reading & Writing Literacy
  • College Quantitative Literacy

These programs are designed to allow an opportunity for experienced firefighters to receive awarded credits for knowledge gained through experience and training through the Fire Science Prior Learning Assessment Program.

A plan for the entry into and completion of the Fire Science Technology or Fire Service Management degrees should be discussed with the Fire Science faculty advisors. This advising is needed to provide thorough information on the requirements of the degree programs as well as to align the courses of the degrees with the students’ academic and career goals.

Students may complete deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have instructor permission to enroll.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Fire Science Technology degree program, students should be able to:

  • Formulate basic fire ground strategies and tactics to be used during structure fire incidents
  • Distinguish the different stages and types of fire behavior
  • Compare the five building construction types and how they play a role during structural firefighting
  • Analyze how and why the fire service incorporates safety and health measures
  • Compare and contrast fire detection and suppression systems in various types of buildings

Total Credit Hours: 15


Emphasis Areas


Fire Science Technology


The Fire Science Technology degree is designed to prepare individuals who have little or no experience with the firefighting profession for entry-level positions in the fire service industry. The mission of the Fire Science Technology degree program is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to succeed in the fields of fire protection, emergency management, firefighting, and wildland firefighting. Our goal is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge required to work effectively in entry-level positions in the fire service industry; to provide program curriculum, both instructive and practical, that encompasses basic firefighting knowledge and skills; and to incorporate the needs of area fire departments by providing advanced classes to enhance current firefighters’ knowledge and skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Fire Science Technology degree program, students should be able to:

  • Formulate basic fire ground strategies and tactics to be used during structure fire incidents
  • Distinguish the different stages and types of fire behavior
  • Compare the five building construction types and how they play a role during structural firefighting
  • Analyze how and why the fire service incorporates safety and health measures
  • Compare and contrast fire detection and suppression systems in various types of buildings
Total Credit Hours: 45

Total Credit Hours: 60

Fire Service Management


The Fire Service Management degree is designed to prepare aspiring and experienced firefighters for future supervisory and leadership roles. The mission of the Fire Service Management degree program is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to excel in supervisory and leadership roles of the fire service. Our goal is to provide foundational curriculum, both instructive and practical, that encompasses firefighting knowledge and skills; enhance students’ leadership, management, and administrative abilities; and to provide current firefighters an opportunity to expand on their knowledge, in preparation for future supervisory roles.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Fire Service Management degree program, students should be able to:

  • Assess the effectiveness of strategies and tactics on fire incidents
  • Explain both management and administrative functions within the fire service
  • Apply leadership abilities at the company level
  • Analyze the cause and origin of fires
  • Describe the principles of emergency management
Total Credit Hours: 45

Total Credit Hours: 60

Technical Electives


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