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The Fire Science Technology program encompasses both fire fighting and emergency medical services. The Fire Science degree focuses on the theory and techniques of fire fighting, inclusive of the Emergency Medical Technician curriculum, required by most fire departments. After completion of the degree, state certifications may be awarded through the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) if the state requirements are met.

For more information about Fire Science, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: FIRE.AAS

Program Requirements
FIRE 1100Introduction to Emergency Services3
FIRE 1112Principles of Fire Prevention3
FIRE 2201Extinguishing and Alarm Systems3
FIRE 2210Fire Apparatus3
FIRE 2213Principles/Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FIRE 2215Building Construction3
FIRE 2218Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
Program Electives
select 15 credits from any 1000 or 2000-level fire science courses/ 115
Select 10 credits from any 1000- or 2000- level courses 110
General Education
Written Communication
ENGLI 1101English Composition I3
or ENGLI 1105 Workplace Writing
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Small-Group Communication
Introduction to Business Communication
Physical and Life Sciences
Select at least one course with a laboratory component3-5
Select three to five credits 1000 level or above3-5
Humanities and Fine Arts
Select three credits3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select three credits.3
From the General Education or Elective classes, at least 2 credits must come from Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemporary Life Skills
Total Credits64-68

In addition to the courses listed above.


At least two credits must come from the list of courses in the Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemporary Life Skills category.

Fire Science Electives

FIRE 1101Basic Operations Firefighter- Mod A6
FIRE 1102Basic Operations Firefighter-B6
FIRE 1103Basic Operations Firefighter-C6
FIRE 1104Advanced Technician Firefighter4
FIRE 1111Fire Prevention I3
FIRE 1120Codes and Laws3
FIRE 1183Emergency Medical Responder5
FIRE 2211Fire Apparatus Engineer3
FIRE 2221Tactics I3
FIRE 2222Tactics II3
FIRE 2231Hazardous Materials Operations3
FIRE 2234Hazardous Materials Technician6
FIRE 2250Incident Safety Officer3
FIRE 2251Fire Leadership I3
FIRE 2252Fire Leadership II3
FIRE 2253Fire Leadership III3
FIRE 2254Fire Leadership IV3
FIRE 2255Fire Service Instructor I3
FIRE 2256Fire Service Instructor II3
FIRE 2257Company Fire Officer Phase I3
FIRE 22585
FIRE 2260Fire Investigation3
FIRE 2261Fire/Arson Investigation I3
FIRE 2262Fire/Arson Investigation II3
FIRE 2263Fire/Arson Investigation III3
FIRE 2264Advanced Fire Officer Phase I3
FIRE 2265Advanced Fire Officer Phase II5
FIRE 2267Fire Service Vehicle Operator1
FIRE 2271Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)10
FIRE 2272Paramedic Transition3
FIRE 2273Vehicle and Machinery Operations3
FIRE 2282EMT Instructor Training3
FIRE 2283Emergency Medical Responder5
FIRE 2285Trauma Assessment3
FIRE 2286Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals3
FIRE 2287Differential Medical Assessment3

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
FIRE 1100 Introduction to Emergency Services 3
FIRE 2271 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 10
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
Second Semester
FIRE 2272 Paramedic Transition 3
FIRE 2285
Trauma Assessment
or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals
or Differential Medical Assessment
ElectiveFire Science Program Elective 3
ANAT 1500 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
Summer Semester
HLTHS 1110 Biomedical Terminology 3
SPEEC 1100
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
or Small-Group Communication
or Introduction to Business Communication
Third Semester
FIRE 1112 Principles of Fire Prevention 3
FIRE 2201 Extinguishing and Alarm Systems 3
FIRE 2213 Principles/Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FIRE 2215 Building Construction 3
Gen EdMathematics 3-5
Fourth Semester
FIRE 2210 Fire Apparatus 3
FIRE 2218 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
ElectiveElective 2
 Total Credits64-66

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural, or interest-based Student Club.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.