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Fire Science A.S.

Program Advisor: Cliff Myers

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.

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 4 items
Forum 4 units
Health/Fitness 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall: 2.000

Area of Specialization:

2.000

SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION:

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

Pre-college English courses

FIS 101 Principles of Emergency Services

MAT 101 Applied Contemporary Mathematics

PHY 111 Ideas of Physics
FIS 123 Building Construction For Fire Protection
FIS 127 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
FIS 128 Fire Protection Systems
FIS 129 Emergency Incident Management
FIS 145 Fire Prevention
CHM 150 Essentials of Chemistry
FIS 201 Hazardous Materials Chemistry
FIS 202 Hazardous Materials II
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. 

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