Associate of Science Fire Science

Scott Rounds, Assistant Provost

The Associate of Science in Fire Science is a degree which will build a strong foundation of the essentials needed to work in the fire industry, while also allowing for a better understanding of rudimentary technical skills. By incorporating a comprehensive curriculum of fire prevention and fire protection, the Associate of Science in Fire Science degree takes a multi-professional approach to policy integration and academic preparation in specialized fire service equipment and apparatus applications. This degree will appeal to those students who desire to become firefighters, as well as those currently employed in the field looking to advance their knowledge base.

Feshe LogoFire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognized through the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA).

To achieve the objective of this program, the following learning outcomes have been established:

  1. Students will be able to discuss the impact of the history of Fire Service as it relates to current industry trends.
  2. Students will be able to analyze effective fire prevention methods utilized in fire science organizations and the community.
  3. Students will be able to apply effective fire protection practices and strategies to various scenarios.
  4. Students will be able to evaluate the principles of fire chemistry, fire behavior, and safety practices in the fire service industry.

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Graduates will successfully complete 60 semester hours outlined below
Semester Hours
General Education Requirements 21*
Major Requirements 18
Electives 21
Total 60
General Education Requirements 21
  Semester Hours
Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Select 2 courses from this area  
Behavioral and Social Sciences / History 3
Select 1 course from this area  
Natural Sciences * 6
Select 2 courses from this area  
Mathematics 3
Select 1 course from this area  
English Composition 3
Select 1 course from this area  

*Minnesota residents should see the General Education information which specifies requirements for that state. The additional General Education requirements for Minnesota residents will reduce the hours of electives required in this program. Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor.

Major Requirements 18
FIR 2301 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services 3
FIR 2302 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
FIR 3301 - Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FIR 3302 - Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FIR 3303 - Introduction to Fire Prevention 3
FIR 3305 - Fire Protection Structures and Systems 3
Electives 21

Students may select electives from courses not used to meet other requirements.

 Total 60 Semester Hours

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