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Fire Science A.S.

Program Advisor: Cliff Myers, (413) 236-4601

The Fire Science program focuses on fire prevention and fire protection principles and techniques. Students also take general education courses including human behavior and written and oral communication. Completely redesigned and improved, with much coursework aligned with FESHE Standards, the program covers material on the most recent developments in the field and provides excellent preparation for those who work in occupations such as fire protection or insurance underwriting.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Explain the history and basic principles of the fire service including the supervision and management necessary for leadership and administration in the fire service;
  • Provide an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through the utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fire development, cause, prevention and investigation;
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of hydraulic principles to solving water supply problems for fire protection;
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills with supervisors, peers and the public;
  • Use knowledge of building construction principles, fire protection systems, and fire prevention codes to affect safer occupancies;
  • Identify hazardous materials, hazardous properties, and successful emergency scene operations.

To review individual course objectives, click here.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program

41 Credits

CIS 102

Fundamentals of Computer Literacy

4

FIS 101

Principles of Emergency Services

3

FIS 123

Building Construction For Fire Protection

3

FIS 127

Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

3

FIS 128

Fire Protection Systems

3

FIS 145

Fire Prevention

4

FIS 201

Hazardous Materials Chemistry

3

FIS

Professional Electives (see footnote 1)

12

PHY 111

Ideas of Physics (see footnote 2)

3

SOC 105

Introductory Sociology

3

General Education

21 Credits

CHM 150

Essentials of Chemistry (see footnote 2)

3

COM

Communication

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing

6

MAT

Mathematics (see footnote 3)

3

PSY 107

Introductory Psychology

3

 

Humanities and Fine Arts

3

Additional As Shown

 

Core Competencies Portfolio

6 Items

Forum

12 Units

Health/Fitness

30 Hours

Minimum Cumulative Averages:
          -Overall
          -Area of specialization

 

2.000
2.000

Suggested block for program completion

The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

Pre-college English courses

FIS 101

Principles of Emergency Services (prerequisite ENG 020)

MAT 101

Applied Contemporary Mathematics (prerequisite MAT 014)

PHY 111

Ideas of Physics

FIS 123

Building Construction For Fire Protection (prerequisite PHY 111)

FIS 127

Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (Prerequisite MAT 101)

FIS 128

Fire Protection Systems

FIS 129

Emergency Incident Management

FIS 145

Fire Prevention (prerequisite ENG 060)

CHM 150

Essentials of Chemistry

FIS 201

Hazardous Materials Chemistry (prerequisite CHM 150)

FIS 202

Hazardous Materials II (prerequisite FIS 201)

FIS 205

Legal Aspects of Emergency Services

FIS 206

Fire Investigation I

FIS 210

Principles of Fire and Emergency Service Administration

Footnotes:

 

1.

  Professional Electives: any FIS elective or SPA 131, Spanish For the Workplace. Electives may be taken either on-site or via distance learning technology from Greenfield Community College.

2.

 CHM 101, Introductory Chemistry I, may be substituted for CHM 150; PHY 101, College Physics I, may be substituted for PHY 111.

3.

MAT 101, Applied Contemporary Mathematics, or any course with the "MA" General Education designation.