Fire Science, Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Fire Science program includes the necessary general education and specialized fire and emergency services coursework to prepare students for careers in the fire service. Students will learn fundamental firefighting skills such as utilizing protective clothing and equipment, conducting search and rescue operations, advancing hoselines, and operating fire streams. Students will also be challenged with the academic aspect of firefighting in subjects including building construction, fire behavior, strategies and tactics, and fire prevention. With the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained from this program of study, students will be aptly prepared for a career in the fire service.

Students are required to complete internship credits as part of their degree plan. During this internship, students become affiliated with a fire department and gain valuable on-the-job experience while working with professional firefighters. Students have the opportunity to build a professional network, learn through practical experience (i.e. training, emergency response, etc.), and receive valuable leadership and guidance. It is highly recommended that students complete their internship credits locally, while in school to maximize the experience.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the degree is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in fundamental firefighting skills.
  • Apply critical-thinking and decision-making skills relevant to fire service scenarios.
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations.

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree. 

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FS100 Principles of Emergency Services 4
FS105 Firefighter Fundamentals I 2
MTH60 Algebra I 1 4
Speech 3 3
FS131 Wildland Firefighter Type 2 3
FS110 Firefighter Fundamentals II 2
FS120 Building Const Related to Fire Svc 3
FS121 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FS180 Internship: Fire Science 7 1
GS105 Physical Science 8 4
FS115 Firefighter Fundamentals III 2
FS125 Principles of Fire and Emergency S 4
FS180 Internship: Fire Science 7 1
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 4 3
Human Relations 5 3
Specific Elective 6 2
Second Year
FS200 Strategy and Tactics 3
FS205 Fire Prevention 3
FS231 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Wate 3
FS280 CWE: Fire Science 7 1
WR121 English Composition 2 4
Specific Elective 6 2
FS220 Fire Protection Systems 3
FS280 CWE: Fire Science 7 1
EMT151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A 6
Specific Elective 6 5
FS215 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 2
EMT152 Emergency Medical Technician Part B 6
BA120 Leadership Development 9 3
Specific Elective 6 4
 Total Credits90

MTH65 or higher may be substituted for MTH60, excluding MTH81 and MTH211 .


A higher writing may be substituted excluding WR241, WR242, WR243, WR250.


SP111SP219, or SP218 recommended. May substitute SP100 or SP220


PE231 recommended. May substitute HE250 or three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses.


Human Relations: PSY201, PSY202, PSY203BA120BA285.


Specific Elective: Any FS, EMT, F, BA and/or CJ course not already required for the degree to fulfill the specific elective requirement. 


Call 541-888-7405 to schedule with Internship Coordinator one month prior to term.


May substitute CHEM110BI231CHEM221PH201ENGR211MTH243G246GS104GEOG265 or ECON201.


May substitute FS141CJ203BA285, or SP219.


All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.