Fire Science Technology Associate in Science
Major Code: FIRE-AS
Educational Plan: FIRE-AS
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 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 meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA).
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.
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.
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Employment in this field is expected to grow by nine percent between 2010 and 2020 (sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Students pursuing this degree may also obtain the Fire Officer I college credit certificate.
The A.S. Fire Science Technology Program's curriculum includes courses that meet state requirements to prepare students for certifications as a:
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.
Humanities General Education course
Mathematics or Science General Education course
Social Science General Education course
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.
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.
Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.
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.