Fire Science Technology Associate in Science

Climb the ladder in your department with an extensive program that gives you a full education in tactical fire suppression techniques, leadership and fire-prevention practices. You’ll be in the front seat taking command before you know it.

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Getting Started: Spring 2023

Sept. 29:  Financial Aid


Jan. 3:  Application


Jan. 9:  Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
  • Small class sizes: With classes of 30 or less, you don’t have to learn in an auditorium.
  • Online degree option: Most courses for our A.S. degrees are offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want. 
  • Seamless transitionMost A.S. graduates earn credits that can be applied to a bachelor's degree at Seminole State or at the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect® to UCF.*
  • Job Placement: According to state data, most Seminole State A.S. programs have placement rates above 90 percent.

*A.S. students who are planning to transfer to bachelor's degree programs should meet with a counselor, advisor or specialist to make sure the required courses are taken and the entry requirements are met.

Additional Information

Fire Science Technology
Type: Associate in Science
Major Code: FIRE-AS
CIP: 1743020112

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Spring 2023
This course examines the structure and function of fire prevention organizations, conducting inspections, procedures and techniques of fire prevention, recognition and elimination of fire hazards, fire risk analysis as applied to municipal and industrial occupancies, public relations programs, including coordination with other agencies, public education and inspections practices. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Florida Fire Safety Inspector and Fire Officer II certifications.
This course provides a study of fire protection alarm and extinguishing systems, including design characteristics, operational theory and functional limitations and capabilities. There will be comparative analysis of the various systems, including the standard governing systems. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector I, Fire Investigator I and Fire Officer II certifications.
This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and how they are controlled. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course provides an overview of fire protection, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, philosophy and history of fire protection/service, fire loss analysis, organization and function of public and private fire protection services, fire departments as part of local government, laws and regulations affecting the fire service, fire service nomenclature, specific fire protection functions, basic fire chemistry and physics, introduction to fire protection systems, introduction to fire strategy and tactics. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as they relate to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles and emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to establish and manage a safety program in an emergency service organization. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course presents the fundamental concepts of building construction as they relate to how buildings burn. Students will learn how the ravages of fire affect wood, steel, concrete and composite construction. Emphasis is on avoiding human injury in each type of construction. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector I, Fire Officer I and Fire Investigator I certifications.
This capstone course is the conclusion of the student's fire science technology academic experience. It is the final course completed by students in the Fire Science Technology Associate in Science degree program. The major focus of this course is to integrate the material acquired in the previous courses and apply knowledge to solve problems or issues relating to the fire service or public safety agencies. Departmental consent is required for this final course in the program.

Choose 21 elective credits from the following list:

Students who have completed Firefighter I and II may receive credit for this class (by permission only).
This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. In addition, the curriculum covers pump theory, pump rating and pressure and vacuum gauges. Students will have to successfully complete FFP 1302 Apparatus Operations to be eligible to complete the State Pump Operator certification exam through the Florida State Fire College. This course must be completed with a grade of 70 percent "C" or higher to receive credit.
This course covers the laws, rules and driving techniques for emergency vehicles. There will be a practical portion of the course that includes fire ground evolutions using pre-connected lines, tandem pumping, drafting, relays and master streams. Students must bring gloves and proper attire for water pumping exercises. After successful completion of this course and FFP 1301, the student will be eligible to take the State Pump Operator certification exam through the Florida State Fire College. This course must be completed with a grade of 70 percent "C" to receive credit. Lab fee required.
This course covers a thorough study of codes applicable to fire protection and prevention, their application in various types of building construction and design with emphasis on fire protection features. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector certification.
This course studies the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of fire service training programs. Training objectives, facilities, equipment, multimedia, schedules and record systems are discussed within the program. Emphasis is on the development of adult learning principles, teaching effectiveness and the skills and abilities required of instructors in the fire service. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer I and Fire Service Instructor I certifications.
This course is designed to provide the public educator with the knowledge and skills needed to perform as a fire and life safety educator as addressed in the National Fire Protection Act (NFPA) 1035. Topics include fire behavior, community assessment, injury prevention and juvenile fire setting. The student will also develop presentation skills and learn how to design public education programs. This course is an elective for both the Fire and Life Safety Educator and the Fire Safety Inspector II certification through the Florida State Fire College. This course must be completed with a grade of 70 percent "C" or higher to receive credit.
This course will examine effective management techniques required for coordination between state, local and private sector entities during large-scale disasters. This course introduces the concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Responses Framework (NRF). This course will show how ICS, NIMS and the NRF provides a template for responsible agencies to work together to prevent or respond to threats and incidents regardless of cause, size or complexity. The student will have the opportunity to complete NIMS-compliant self-study courses via FEMA and the Emergency Management Institute.
This course presents the basic concepts of fire attack. It seeks to develop the thinking skills needed by a fire officer in evaluating fire ground situations and planning the necessary steps to insure efficient control of fire under an emergency situation. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer I certification.
This course is designed to show the arson investigator the different forms of matter and energy, common substances and how they relate to fires. The curriculum will discuss chemical formulas of flammable and combustible substances and their bonding and separations. Other course material includes the different chemical reactions related to fire and oxidation. Particular emphasis will be placed on the specific substances used by arsonists to ignite and accelerate burnings. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Investigator I and Fire Safety Inspector II certifications.
This course covers the interpretation and application of Fire Protection Code requirements to construction plans, blueprints and the basic surveying mapping techniques of fire protection engineering. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector certification.
This course provides a study of fire protection alarm and extinguishing systems, including design characteristics, operational theory and functional limitations and capabilities. There will be a comparative analysis of the various systems, including the standards governing systems. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector II certification.
This course is designed to enhance the fire investigator's ability to detect and determine the origin and cause of a fire. Specific topics include fire behavior review, investigator ethics, building construction, ignition sources, reading fire patterns and scene re-construction. Special topics include electrical fire investigation, woodland fires, vehicle fires, mobile home fires, RV, boat and ship fires. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Investigator I and Fire Safety Inspector II certifications.
This course prepares the student to serve effectively as an organizational spokesperson according to the current practices in the profession of public relations and includes numerous examples from the fire service. Particular emphasis will focus on case studies in crisis communications and the role of the Public Information Officer in Incident Command. This course is an elective for the Fire Safety Inspector II certification.
This course prepares the student for the responsibilities of an officer at the fire company level. This course will assist fire officers in solving the varied problems and situations required to manage effectively in today's fire service. Students will learn about the day-to-day routine of operations of a fire company, management theory, communication, motivation, station and vehicle maintenance, shift staffing and grievance procedures. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer I certification.
This course studies the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of fire service training programs. Emphasis is on course and program design. The focus will be on the development of training objectives, multimedia presentations and evaluation of learning which will be discussed within the program. This course is required for the Florida Instructor II and Fire Officer II certifications.
This course deals with the entire spectrum of issues facing fire service leaders. The course will address labor relations, human rights and diversity, conflict of interest and frameworks for ethical decision-making. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer III certification.
This course is designed to be a progressive primer for students who want more knowledge about fire and emergency services administration. The course demonstrates the importance of the following skills necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the following challenges and changes of the 21st century: persuasion and influence, accountable budgeting, anticipation of challenges, the need for change and using specific management tools for analyzing and solving problems. A central part of the course focuses on how the leadership of a fire and emergency services department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department's mission. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course covers multiple company operations, logistics, strategy, the use of mutual aid forces and conflagration control. This course is intended for fire officers who may be in command of fires and other emergencies requiring close coordination and maximum use of large amounts of personnel and equipment. Typical tactical situations and scenarios are discussed and practiced. Risk management, planning and critical thinking skills are stressed. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer II certification.
This course provides an introductory study of computer and Internet concepts and online web applications. It teaches important computer and digital technology concepts, skills and issues necessary to succeed in careers and in life. Students completing this course will have a solid understanding of computer hardware, software and network fundamentals in addition to learning effective use of social media, online office web applications, collaboration, email and the Internet to aid them with college studies and workforce readiness. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. No prior experience with computers is assumed. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
This is an intermediate course in formal algebra for students without a strong background in algebra. Topics include sets, the real number system and number properties, absolute value, products and factoring, algebraic fractions, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities with applications, systems of equations, radicals, rational exponents, graphs and relations and functions (four elective credits).
This course is designed to be a foundation for students preparing to take MGF 1106, MGF 1107 or STA 2023. A strong emphasis will be placed on the application of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and quadratic equations. Topics also include real numbers and their properties, products and factoring, graphs and functions, counting methods, descriptive statistics as well as an introduction to probability and financial mathematics. Students who already have credit for MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra do not need to take this course.
This course is an in-depth historical look at terrorism and its origins, types and history that will provide the student with the knowledge necessary to understand the background of yesterday and the evolution of terrorism today. Religions and nations are covered in the investigation of terrorism, its many different factions and their relationships. Discussions will explore the kinds of efforts being expanded around the world to find ways to deter or discover terrorism and find other ways to deal with it. Students will examine what the future of terrorism might be in the 21st Century.
This course is a study of and practice in various forms of technical writing such as complete formal reports, letters of application, resumes, articles or technical essays and oral presentations. Emphasis is on the grasp of scientific and technical ideas and effective verbal presentation of these ideas. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. In addition, the curriculum covers pump theory, pump rating and pressure and vacuum gauges. Students will have to successfully complete FFP 1302 Apparatus Operations to be eligible to complete the State Pump Operator certification exam through the Florida State Fire College. This course must be completed with a grade of 70 percent "C" or higher to receive credit.
This course covers the laws, rules and driving techniques for emergency vehicles. There will be a practical portion of the course that includes fire ground evolutions using pre-connected lines, tandem pumping, drafting, relays and master streams. Students must bring gloves and proper attire for water pumping exercises. After successful completion of this course and FFP 1301, the student will be eligible to take the State Pump Operator certification exam through the Florida State Fire College. This course must be completed with a grade of 70 percent "C" to receive credit. Lab fee required.
This course examines the structure and function of fire prevention organizations, conducting inspections, procedures and techniques of fire prevention, recognition and elimination of fire hazards, fire risk analysis as applied to municipal and industrial occupancies, public relations programs, including coordination with other agencies, public education and inspections practices. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Florida Fire Safety Inspector and Fire Officer II certifications.
This course covers a thorough study of codes applicable to fire protection and prevention, their application in various types of building construction and design with emphasis on fire protection features. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector certification.
This course provides a study of fire protection alarm and extinguishing systems, including design characteristics, operational theory and functional limitations and capabilities. There will be comparative analysis of the various systems, including the standard governing systems. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector I, Fire Investigator I and Fire Officer II certifications.
This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and how they are controlled. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course provides an overview of fire protection, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, philosophy and history of fire protection/service, fire loss analysis, organization and function of public and private fire protection services, fire departments as part of local government, laws and regulations affecting the fire service, fire service nomenclature, specific fire protection functions, basic fire chemistry and physics, introduction to fire protection systems, introduction to fire strategy and tactics. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course studies the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of fire service training programs. Training objectives, facilities, equipment, multimedia, schedules and record systems are discussed within the program. Emphasis is on the development of adult learning principles, teaching effectiveness and the skills and abilities required of instructors in the fire service. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer I and Fire Service Instructor I certifications.
This course is designed to provide the public educator with the knowledge and skills needed to perform as a fire and life safety educator as addressed in the National Fire Protection Act (NFPA) 1035. Topics include fire behavior, community assessment, injury prevention and juvenile fire setting. The student will also develop presentation skills and learn how to design public education programs. This course is an elective for both the Fire and Life Safety Educator and the Fire Safety Inspector II certification through the Florida State Fire College. This course must be completed with a grade of 70 percent "C" or higher to receive credit.
This course will examine effective management techniques required for coordination between state, local and private sector entities during large-scale disasters. This course introduces the concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Responses Framework (NRF). This course will show how ICS, NIMS and the NRF provides a template for responsible agencies to work together to prevent or respond to threats and incidents regardless of cause, size or complexity. The student will have the opportunity to complete NIMS-compliant self-study courses via FEMA and the Emergency Management Institute.
This course presents the basic concepts of fire attack. It seeks to develop the thinking skills needed by a fire officer in evaluating fire ground situations and planning the necessary steps to insure efficient control of fire under an emergency situation. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer I certification.
This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as they relate to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles and emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to establish and manage a safety program in an emergency service organization. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course is designed to show the arson investigator the different forms of matter and energy, common substances and how they relate to fires. The curriculum will discuss chemical formulas of flammable and combustible substances and their bonding and separations. Other course material includes the different chemical reactions related to fire and oxidation. Particular emphasis will be placed on the specific substances used by arsonists to ignite and accelerate burnings. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Investigator I and Fire Safety Inspector II certifications.
This course presents the fundamental concepts of building construction as they relate to how buildings burn. Students will learn how the ravages of fire affect wood, steel, concrete and composite construction. Emphasis is on avoiding human injury in each type of construction. This course is required for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector I, Fire Officer I and Fire Investigator I certifications.
This course covers the interpretation and application of Fire Protection Code requirements to construction plans, blueprints and the basic surveying mapping techniques of fire protection engineering. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector certification.
This course provides a study of fire protection alarm and extinguishing systems, including design characteristics, operational theory and functional limitations and capabilities. There will be a comparative analysis of the various systems, including the standards governing systems. This course is required for the Fire Safety Inspector II certification.
This course is designed to enhance the fire investigator's ability to detect and determine the origin and cause of a fire. Specific topics include fire behavior review, investigator ethics, building construction, ignition sources, reading fire patterns and scene re-construction. Special topics include electrical fire investigation, woodland fires, vehicle fires, mobile home fires, RV, boat and ship fires. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Fire Investigator I and Fire Safety Inspector II certifications.
This course prepares the student to serve effectively as an organizational spokesperson according to the current practices in the profession of public relations and includes numerous examples from the fire service. Particular emphasis will focus on case studies in crisis communications and the role of the Public Information Officer in Incident Command. This course is an elective for the Fire Safety Inspector II certification.
This course prepares the student for the responsibilities of an officer at the fire company level. This course will assist fire officers in solving the varied problems and situations required to manage effectively in today's fire service. Students will learn about the day-to-day routine of operations of a fire company, management theory, communication, motivation, station and vehicle maintenance, shift staffing and grievance procedures. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer I certification.
This course studies the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of fire service training programs. Emphasis is on course and program design. The focus will be on the development of training objectives, multimedia presentations and evaluation of learning which will be discussed within the program. This course is required for the Florida Instructor II and Fire Officer II certifications.
This course deals with the entire spectrum of issues facing fire service leaders. The course will address labor relations, human rights and diversity, conflict of interest and frameworks for ethical decision-making. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer III certification.
This course is designed to be a progressive primer for students who want more knowledge about fire and emergency services administration. The course demonstrates the importance of the following skills necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the following challenges and changes of the 21st century: persuasion and influence, accountable budgeting, anticipation of challenges, the need for change and using specific management tools for analyzing and solving problems. A central part of the course focuses on how the leadership of a fire and emergency services department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department's mission. This course is recommended for the U.S. Fire Administration Higher Education (FESHE) degree.
This course covers multiple company operations, logistics, strategy, the use of mutual aid forces and conflagration control. This course is intended for fire officers who may be in command of fires and other emergencies requiring close coordination and maximum use of large amounts of personnel and equipment. Typical tactical situations and scenarios are discussed and practiced. Risk management, planning and critical thinking skills are stressed. This course is required for the Florida Fire Officer II certification.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty member is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program. Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 college credits (excluding prep courses) completed at Seminole State College which includes course(s) specifically aligned with the student’s chosen major as identified in the student’s program plan, a Seminole State College cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, appropriate job/internship placement and permission from the Career Development Center.
This capstone course is the conclusion of the student's fire science technology academic experience. It is the final course completed by students in the Fire Science Technology Associate in Science degree program. The major focus of this course is to integrate the material acquired in the previous courses and apply knowledge to solve problems or issues relating to the fire service or public safety agencies. Departmental consent is required for this final course in the program.
English I Gen Ed Core
3
Credits
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for degree seeking students.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension. The course addresses communication in the personal, career and global spheres.
Art Appreciation Gen Ed Core
3
Credits
This course introduces students to art from a variety of cultures and historical contexts. Topics include major art movements, varieties of materials and aesthetic theories. Coursework covers formal terms, elements and principles common to the study of art and architecture. The course stresses the relationship of design principles to various art forms including, but not limited to, sculpture, painting and architecture. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze a variety of artistic styles, periods and media and students will have an increased vocabulary of art terminology. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This humanities course is designed to introduce students to the critical study of human culture and its varied expressions across time. Students will employ interdisciplinary methods of analysis through engagement with diverse cultural artifacts in order to develop a foundational understanding of the human experience and its connection to culture. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This humanities course is designed to introduce students to the critical study of human culture and its varied expressions across time. Students will employ interdisciplinary methods of analysis through engagement with diverse cultural artifacts in order to develop a foundational understanding of the human experience and its connection to culture. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities for degree seeking students.
This course is designed to further student understanding of the concepts and applications of analytical and theoretical approaches to literature. Students will employ critical thinking in their interrogation of the texts. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
3
Credits
Open to all students, this course is designed for the musical layman and is a survey course devoted to music in world civilization. Included is a study of the music relating to the background of the life and other arts of the times. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is designed for the musical layman and is a survey course devoted to music in world civilization. Included is a study of the music relating to the background of the life and other arts of the times. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree-seeking students. Honors level content. Permission from Honors Director required.
This course covers fundamental philosophical questions of the human condition including: discussions of existence, identity, ethics, culture, free will, personhood, politics, distributive justice, and much more. Students engage in deep critical thought, analysis of philosophical perspectives including their own, and ultimately gain perspective on how philosophy manifests itself in every aspect of our lived experience. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement.
This course covers fundamental philosophical questions of the human condition including: discussions of existence, identity, ethics, culture, free will, personhood, politics, distributive justice, and much more. Students engage in deep critical thought, analysis of philosophical perspectives including their own, and ultimately gain perspective on how philosophy manifests itself in every aspect of our lived experience. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Honors level content. Permission required from Honors director. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement.
This course surveys the art of theatre. Students will learn about the process of creating theatre through study of the production process and the many artists who participate in the creation of theatre. Through videos and attendance at live theatre, students will also learn the various forms of theatre, such as tragedy and comedy and various modes of presentation, both presentational and representational. Students will also be introduced to theatre's historic roots and its diversity as expressed in various cultures throughout the globe. This course contains a reading and writing component. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B. E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is a survey of the elementary aspects of the astronomical universe. Topics include the history and growth of astronomy, instrumentation, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Star-gazing sessions and planetarium trips are included to identify the prominent constellations and stars. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is a survey of the elementary aspects of the astronomical universe. Topics include the history and growth of astronomy, instrumentation, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Star-gazing sessions and planetarium trips are included to identify the prominent constellations and stars. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
3
Credits
This course is a study of the characteristics of living organisms. Unifying concepts such as metabolism, genetics, evolution and cellular organization will be investigated. Designed for non-science majors, this course does not fulfill the credit requirements for biology majors (see BSC 2010C). This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course is a study of the characteristics of living organisms. Unifying concepts such as metabolism, genetics, evolution and cellular organization will be investigated. Designed for non-science majors, this course does not fulfill the credit requirements for biology majors (see BSC 2010C). Honors level content. Permission from Honors Director required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science Requirement for A.A. degree-seeking students.
This course is a study of the characteristics of living organisms with emphasis on man. Unifying concepts such as metabolism, energy utilization and reproduction will be investigated. Laboratory exercises will emphasize basic principles of biology. Designed for non-science majors, this course does not fulfill the credit requirements for biology majors. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
Anatomy and Physiology I - Transfer

BSC 1085 is not offered at Seminole State College of Florida

4
Credits
This course is primarily for science majors or students with a strong biology background. It is a study of the molecular and cellular composition and function of living organisms. Emphasis will be given to structure, chemical metabolism and genetic mechanisms. Laboratory illustrates basic biological principles. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory exercises during the lecture may be used to complement course material. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory exercises during the lecture may be used to complement course material. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course will introduce students to the Earth as a complex and dynamic system. Focus will be on the solid Earth, the oceans, the atmosphere and interactions among these subsystems. Students will learn of the Earth's origin and place within the solar system. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree-seeking students.
This is a three-credit-hour General Education course with no prerequisites. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a three-credit hour General Education course. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a four-credit-hour General Education course with no prerequisites. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. The laboratory will give students an analytical learning experience in environmental science, as well as teach them to apply the learned concepts to real world problems and issues. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts of physics with application of everyday experiences are covered. Topics include kinematics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism and special topics. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the physical factors in our environment. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
4
Credits
This course contains a descriptive and quantitative study of kinematics, mechanics, energy and applications of mechanics. This course meets the requirements for professional and technical students needing an algebra-based physics course. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This honors physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab is included. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
College Algebra Gen Ed Core
3
Credits
This course is a study of the fundamental topics in advanced algebra with emphasis on applications, the understanding of the function concept and manipulative skills. Major topics include operations on algebraic expressions and complex numbers, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities and rational equations and inequalities, applications, functions, exponents and logarithms, graphs of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations and inequalities. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a first course in analytic geometry and the theory and application of calculus. Selected topics include a review of functions, limits and continuity, the derivative, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions and their inverses, the Mean Value and Intermediate Value Theorems, extrema and graph sketching, area and the definite integral, anti-differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration of transcendental functions and their inverses. A graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a first course in analytic geometry and the theory and application of calculus. Selected topics include a review of functions, limits and continuity, the derivative, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions and their inverses, the Mean Value and Intermediate Value Theorems, extrema and graph sketching, area and the definite integral, anti-differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration of transcendental functions and their inverses. The graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students.
3
Credits
The following topics will be covered in this course: sets and Venn diagrams, logic, inductive and deductive reasoning, counting principles, permutations and combinations, probability, descriptive statistics and geometry. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Liberal Arts with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.
This course provides an opportunity for students to see mathematics used in ways not seen in traditional mathematics courses. Topics are selected from the following: financial mathematics, numbers and number systems, elementary number theory and graph theory. Additional topics may be included at the discretion of the instructor. History of mathematics, critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques and the appropriate use of technology will be used throughout the course. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Liberal Arts with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.
This course introduces descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-sample inferences, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods for those students entering a science or business-related field. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Statistics with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.
This Honors course introduces descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-sample inferences, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods and involves Honors students in projects and development of portfolios. Honors level content. Permission required from Honors director. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Statistics with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.

* POS 2041 or POS 2041H partially satisfies the Civic Literacy requirement. Students entering the Florida College System for the first time in Fall 2022 or later can satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement by passing a course and an assessment.   Refer to the online catalog for assessment options.

U.S. Federal Government Gen Ed Core Civic Lit
3
Credits
In this course basic aspects of the federal government are studied. Emphasis is placed upon content and interpretation of the Constitution, Federalism, the Congress, the Presidency, the federal court system and the citizen's connection to the federal government by means of elections, political parties, interest groups and public opinion. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for A.A. degree seeking students and the Florida state civic literacy requirement per Florida Statues Section 1007.25 for all students.
Honors U.S. Federal Government Gen Ed Core Civic Lit
3
Credits
In this course, basic aspects of the federal government are studied. Emphasis is placed upon content and interpretation of the Constitution, Federalism, the Congress, the Presidency, the federal court system and the citizen's connection to the federal government by means of elections, political parties, interest groups and public opinion. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for A.A. degree seeking students and the Florida state civic literacy requirement per Florida Statues Section 1007.25 for all students.
Total Credits: 60

Gen Ed Core   Denotes that a class is a State of Florida General Education Core Course.

Beginning in the 2022-23 academic year and thereafter, students entering associate in arts, associate in science or associate in applied science, or baccalaureate degree programs must complete at least one (1) course from each of the general education subject areas listed in this section prior to the awarding of their degree. Please refer to this catalog's Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the General Education Core Courses .

Civic Lit   Denotes that a class counts toward the course Civic Literacy Requirement.

The State of Florida requires that all students graduating from Seminole State College of Florida and other institutions in the Florida College System (FCS), as well as from any State University System (SUS) institution, fulfill a Civic Literacy Competency requirement prior to submitting an Intent to Graduate form in the term they plan to graduate. Requirements vary based on admit term and program. Please refer to this catalog’s Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the Civic Literacy Proficiency Requirement.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$5,666 $5,954 
Room and Board-0-$10,950$11,592 $11,498 
Books and Supplies$1,000$810$1,000$1,200
Total$4,131$18,140$18,258$18,652

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* Tuition costs are based on the current academic year for in-state students living on campus. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on cost of attendance information provided by the State University System of Florida. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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