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Fire Science Technology Associate in Science

Fire Science Technology Associate in Science
Type: AS
Subplan Code: FIRE-AS
CIP: 1743020100

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Fire Science Technology is a comprehensive program that provides firefighters, fire officers and fire protection professionals a scientific understanding of tactical fire suppression techniques, fire-service leadership and fire prevention practices. The accredited curriculum is designed to improve operational and administrative effectiveness while establishing a path for career advancement. Courses are available online.

Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition

The A.S. Fire Science program here at Seminole State College has been recognized by FEMA, via the U.S. Fire Administration, as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The FESHE recognition certificate is an acknowledgement that the A.S. Fire Science Technology degree program meet the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA).

Profession

Firefighters apply highly specialized skills and techniques to protect the communities they serve. Often the first responders at a crisis scene, firefighters assess and address medical, vehicle and hazardous materials emergencies and provide natural disaster support. Fire science careers include roles as firefighters, fire investigators and fire inspectors with specializations in emergency management, homeland security and forensics.

Career Opportunities

In addition to community fire departments, graduates are qualified for government installations at airports and positions in private firefighting companies. They are also eligible for roles as fire inspectors, investigators, forest rangers and smoke jumpers.

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by nine percent between 2010 and 2020 (sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics & Region 12 Targeted Occupations List, 11/13).

College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree may also obtain the Fire Company Administration—Fire Inspector I college credit certificate.

Certifications

The A.S. Fire Science Technology Program's curriculum includes courses that meet state requirements to prepare students for certifications as a: 

  • Building Inspector
  • Florida Certified Pump Operator
  • Fire Instructor
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Safety Inspector

Articulation

Students who have completed previous Florida firefighter, fire officer or fire inspector training may be eligible for up to 33 articulated credits toward this program. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits at Seminole State to qualify.

Degree Transfer

DirectConnect to UCF: The A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology is transferable to the University of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree. Students interested in transferring credits to UCF should meet with the Fire Science Technology program manager for additional information.

Placement and Salary Information

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Courses
Available Courses
Required Courses
21

NEW Course FFP 2950 Fire Science Capstone

3
Credits
Elective Courses
24
Choose 24 credits from the following list:
24

NEW FFP 2111 Fire Chemistry

3
Credits
FFPXXXX
Any FFP prefix college credit course
General Education Courses
15

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits

Recommended:

Total Credits:
60
Note:

If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college developmental mathematics course(s) if you are non-exempt and if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.

Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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