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The 411 on Fire Science Degrees

The 411 on Fire Science Degrees

Allison Tinney, Kayla Baxter | FireLink.com

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Associate Fire Science Programs



Fire Science Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree
(a typical student preparing for a fire rescue career)


Required Major Courses
• Firefighter I Academy
• Introduction to Fire Science and Suppression
• Firefighter Occupational Health and Safety
• Fire Protection Systems
• Building Plans and Construction
• Fire Inspection Practices (Fire Inspector I)
• Hazardous Materials Awareness Operations
• Job Placement and Assessment
• Driver Operator or Wildland Firefighting
• Instructional Methodology
• Firefighting Strategy and Tactics
• Fire Codes and Ordinances
• Fire Cause Determination
• Fire Company Supervision and Leadership

General Education Requirements
• English
• Mathematics
• Arts and Humanities
• Science
• Social Science

Fire Service Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree
(firefighters preparing for career advancement)


Required Major Courses
• Instructional Methdology
• Firefighting Strategy and Tactics I
• Fire Codes and Ordinances
• Fire Cause Determination
• Fire Company Supervision and Leadership
• Strategy and Tactics II
• Fire Service and the Law
• Fire Ground Organization and Command (ICS)
• Fire Service Management (Fire officer II)
• Fire Department Administration
• Fire Analysis Thesis

General Education Requirements
• English
• Mathematics
• Arts and Humanities
• Science
• Social Science

Bachelor Fire Science Programs

Required Major Courses
• Introduction to Fire Protection
• Introduction to Fire Prevention
• Fire Prevention Organization and Management
• Advanced Fire Administration
• Interactions of Hazardous Materials
• The Community and the Fire Threat
• Management of Fire Incident Commands
• Legal Aspects of Fire Protection
• Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation
• Terrorism Incident Management & Emergency Procedures

Specialization Electives (Your Choice of Two)
• Leadership
• Fire Department Safety Officer
• Fire Protection Systems
• Building Construction For Fire Protection
• Principles of Fire Behavior
• Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
• Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement
• Hazardous Materials Management
• Industrial Fire Protection

Extracurricular Courses (Mandatory)
• English Composition (2 courses)
• Humanities and Fine Arts (2 courses)
• Natural Sciences (2 courses)
• Mathematics (1 course)
• History (2 courses)
• Behavioral and Social Sciences (3 courses)


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