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Fire Science

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Science provides the opportunity for individuals seeking careers in the fire service to acquire standard firefighting skills and prepare for state and/or national certifications, including the Firefighter I and II Certification. Students will gain broad knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in the fire service as firefighters. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Firefighter Operations is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Fire Science (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3205
Total Credits Required
60-88
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply the basic theories of fire behavior and methods of fire control and prevention in a variety of fire operations.
  2. Demonstrate the appropriate and safe use of personal firefighting equipment and fire apparatus.
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge of the professional and organizational structures, processes, and policies that guide fire departments.
  4. Demonstrate physical tasks, proper tool selection, and knowledge of operating procedures in accordance with the standards of the profession.
  5. Mitigate hazards to health and safety by assessing, planning and responding to emergency situations.
  6. Demonstrate the critical thinking, mental, and emotional skills needed to perform firefighting tasks and services.
  7. Practice industry accepted professional and ethical behavior related to fire service.
  8. Collaborate effectively with members of a team to achieve goals.
  9. Communicate efficiently and effectively with members of diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

Admission to program is required. See Program Director for details.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC105 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
FSC130 Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT OR Verification of CPAT completion 0–1
EMT104 and
EMT104LL
Emergency Medical Technology and Emergency Medical Technology Practicum OR Arizona State EMT Certification (0) OR
Arizona State Paramedic Certification (0) OR
Permission of Program Director
0–12

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC102 Fire Department Operations Critical course Gateway course 11
FSC134 or
FSC234
Fitness and Conditioning for Firefighters or FSC234 Critical course FSC234 is recommended for students who have already completed the Fire Academy equivalent of FSC102 3
FSC174 Functions of Command Critical course 2
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC101 Introduction to Fire Service Selection and Entry OR Current employment as a firefighter as determined by the Program Director 0–4
FSC108 or
FSC110
Fundamentals of Fire Prevention or Wildland Firefighter FSC110 is recommended 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics Critical course MA 3–6
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC113 Introduction to Fire Suppression 3
FSC117 Fire Apparatus 3
FSC118 Fire Hydraulics 3
FSC119 Introduction Fire Service Ethics 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC+++++ Any Fire Science Technology course Recommend FSC202, FSC204, FSC282AC, or FSC296WC 1–3
FSC208 Firefighter Safety and Building Construction 3
FSC215 Customer Service in the Public Sector 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 is recommended SB or L 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC105 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
FSC130 Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT OR Verification of CPAT completion 0–1
EMT104 and
EMT104LL
Emergency Medical Technology and Emergency Medical Technology Practicum OR Arizona State EMT Certification (0) OR
Arizona State Paramedic Certification (0) OR
Permission of Program Director
0–12

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC102 Fire Department Operations Critical course Gateway course 11
FSC134 or
FSC234
Fitness and Conditioning for Firefighters or FSC234 Critical course FSC234 is recommended for students who have already completed the Fire Academy equivalent of FSC102 3
FSC174 Functions of Command Critical course 2
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC108 or
FSC110
Fundamentals of Fire Prevention or Wildland Firefighter FSC110 is recommended 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC101 Introduction to Fire Service Selection and Entry OR Current employment as a firefighter as determined by the Program Director 0–4
MAT14+ College Mathematics Critical course MA 3–6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 is recommended SB or L 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC117 Fire Apparatus 3
FSC118 Fire Hydraulics 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC113 Introduction to Fire Suppression 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC119 Introduction Fire Service Ethics 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC208 Firefighter Safety and Building Construction 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC+++++ Any Fire Science Technology course Recommend FSC202, FSC204, FSC282AC, or FSC296WC 1–3
FSC215 Customer Service in the Public Sector 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=149471).


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