The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Fire Science Technology 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.

For more information, please visit the program website.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 92 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in the program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS in Fire Science Technology 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).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FS100 Principles of Emergency Services 3
MTH60 Algebra I 1 4
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
Health/Physical Education Course 2 3
Human Relations Course 3 3
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
FS105 Firefighter Fundamentals I 4
FS120 Building Const Related to Fire Svc 3
FS180 Internship: Fire Science 1
Speech Course 4 3
EMT169 Emergency Medical Technology Rescue 3
FS110 Firefighter Fundamentals II 4
FS125 Principles of Fire and Emergency S 4
FS180 Internship: Fire Science 1
Elective 5 3
Second Year
FS115 Firefighter Fundamentals III 4
FS200 Strategy and Tactics 3
FS205 Fire Prevention 3
FS280 CWE: Fire Science 1
Elective 5 4
EMT151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A 5
FS210 Hazardous Materials & Weapons of MD 3
FS215 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 3
FS280 CWE: Fire Science 1
Elective 5 4
EMT152 Emergency Medical Technician Part B 4
FS220 Fire Protection Systems 3
FS225 Prin of Fire & Emerg Service Admin 3
Elective 5 4
 Total Credits92

MTH65 Algebra II or higher may be substituted for MTH60 Algebra I, excluding MTH81 Applied Mathematics for Culinary and MTH211 Fundamentals of Elementary .


PE231 Wellness for Life, HE250 Personal Health or three (3) credits of PE 185 sport/activity courses will fulfill this requirement.


Choose from BA120 Leadership Development, BA285 Human Relations in OrganizationsPSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY202 General Psychology, PSY202H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY203 General Psychology, or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors to fulfill this requirement.


Choose from SP100 Basic Speech Communications, SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, SP218 Interpersonal Communication, SP219 Small Group Discussion, or SP220 Gender and Communication to fulfill this requirement.


Student may take any course that fulfills Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) Foundational Skills or Introduction to Discipline Studies requirements, as well as any FS, EMT, and/or CJ course to fulfill this requirement. The courses selected to fulfill the Elective requirement must not be a specified requirement of this degree program.

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.