Associates in Science (A.S.) Fire Science Degree Curriculum

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

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 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).

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.

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Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by nine percent between 2010 and 2020 (sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree may also obtain the Fire Officer I college credit certificate.

Florida State Certifications

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

  • 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.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
21
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.
Elective Courses
24
Choose 24 credits from the following list:
24
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.
FFP
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Any FFP prefix college credit course
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.
General Education Courses
15
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 class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. 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.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits

Recommended:

The nature of economics, production, distribution and price determination will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on practical application and policy determination. Current problems will be surveyed. The course is designed for non-business majors. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This is an introductory course which surveys the field of psychology and basic principles and concepts utilized to understand human behavior. The major areas of study include development, learning, perception, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and testing measurements. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Some sections of PSY 2012 have service-learning components. Please refer to class notes in schedule of classes for details. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for AA degree seeking students.
This course is an introductory survey of sociology covering its scope, methods and general principles. Topics emphasized include group behavior, race relations, population, social institutions, social change and social stratification. The purpose of the course is to assist the student in acquiring an understanding of society. 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.
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.

Note:

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.

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