Fire Science

(formerly Fire Science Technology)

Curriculum FIR.FIR.AAS (C243B)

The Fire Science program is designed for individuals pursuing a career in fire service and related fields. Some fire departments offer hiring, promotional, and salary incentives to associate degree program graduates. This program is based on the curriculum recommended by the Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) division of the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

Other areas of employment for Fire Science graduates include fire-equipment sales and service, municipal fire protection, fire prevention inspection in industry and architectural firms, investigation for insurance companies and emergency medical services. Upon petition, students who have completed programs approved by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office will be granted equivalent credit toward an associate’s degree in Fire Science.

Courses from this program may transfer into Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) Fire Service Bachelor of Science, after review with a program advisor. For more information, go to: http://www.siuc.edu/~asaocap/fire_service/index.htm. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university in which you wish to transfer.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One (Fall)

Credit Hours

 

EMP 101

National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)

1

#

EMS 131

Emergency Medical Technician1

6.5

 

FIR 111

Principles of Emergency Services

2

 

FIR 112

Fire Behavior and Combustion

2

 

FIR 113

Fire Prevention

2

 

PSC 150

American National Politics

3

 

 

 

16.5

Semester Two (Spring)

#

EMP 102

Basic ICS and Application Toward Single Resource & Initial Action Incidents

1

#

FIR 114

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

#

FIR 115

Fire Protection Systems

2

#

FIR 116

Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival

2

#

MAT 101

Quantitative Literacy or

 

#

MAT 102

Liberal Arts Mathematics

3

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3

 

 

 

14

Semester Three (Summer)

 

 

General education/Humanities & Fine Arts

3

 

 

 

3

Semester Four (Fall)

#

CIS 101

Introduction to Computer Science

3

#

FIR 203

Fire & Emergency Services Administration

3

#

FIR 210

Fire Investigation I

3

#

FIR 221

Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply

3

#

FIR 241

Legal Aspects of Emergency Services

3

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking

3

 

 

 

18

Semester Five (Spring)

#

FIR 202

Fire Service Strategy & Tactics

3

#

FIR 218

Fire Investigation II

3

#

FIR 231

Hazardous Materials Chemistry

3

#

FIR 251

Occupational Safety & Health for Emergency Services

2

#

FIR 261

Fire Service Internship

1

 

 

Electives

3

 

 

 

15

 

 

Total credits required for graduation

66.5

See FIR course descriptions.

See Humanities General Education requirements

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required for each FIR and EMS course.

Recommended electives (3): BIS 100◊ or BIS 101◊, AST 100◊ or CHM 100◊, PSY 100

Humanities recommended electives (3) ENG 101◊, ENG 103◊, ENG 202◊, HUM 104◊, MUS 110◊, PHL 101◊, PHL 103◊ or SPE 130◊.

1EMS 131◊ meets the Health general education requirement.

Coordinator: Mike Kuryla, Ext. 3197