The Associate of Science (AS) in Fire Science is designed to meet the needs of students who plan on pursuing a Bachelor's or higher degree at a university. Fire departments and private agencies are increasingly expecting candidates for administrator and supervisor positions to have higher levels of education. Fire Science coursework is developed using model curriculum from the United States Fire Administration's Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education initiative. Students will study relevant topics including building construction, firefighting strategies and tactics, fire prevention, and fire protection systems.

For more information, please visit the program website.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 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 AS in Fire Science 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
MTH95Intermediate Algebra4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
FS100 Principles of Emergency Services 3
MTH105 Math in Society 1 4
WR121
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
3
Arts and Letters Course 2 3
Health/Physical Education Course 2 3
 Credits16
Winter
FS120 Building Const Related to Fire Svc 3
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics 4
WR122
English Composition 3
or English Composition w/Honors
3
Arts and Letters Course 2 3
Social Science Course 2 3
 Credits16
Spring
FS125 Principles of Fire and Emergency S 4
Arts and Letters Course 2 3
Social Science Course 2 3
Speech Course 2 3
 Credits13
Second Year
Fall
FS200 Strategy and Tactics 3
FS205 Fire Prevention 3
Arts and Letters Course 2 3
Science, Math, or Computer Science Course 2 4
Social Science Course 2 3
 Credits16
Winter
FS215 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 3
Arts and Letters Course 2 3
Science, Math, or Computer Science Course 2 4
Social Science Course 2 3
 Credits13
Spring
FS220 Fire Protection Systems 3
FS225 Prin of Fire & Emerg Service Admin 3
Electives 6
Science, Math, or Computer Science Course 2 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits90
1

MTH105 Math in Society or higher.

2

Select any course from appropriate Associate of Science General Education Requirements category.

3

WR227 Report Writing may be substituted for WR122 English Composition.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply critical-thinking and decision-making skills relevant to fire service scenarios.
  • Apply core fire science knowledge to prevention, training, operational, and administrative situations relevant to the fire service.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication in emergency and nonemergency situations including, but not limited to: communicating on the fireground, drafting administrative documents, handling disciplinary issues, completing incident reports, and conducting public education.
  • Complete general education requirements in preparation to transfer to a four-year degree program.