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.

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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 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 Algebra (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FS100 Principles of Emergency Services 3
MTH105 Math in Society 1 4
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
Health, Wellness, and Fitness 2 3
Required Program Course - Arts and Letters 3 3
FS120 Building Const Related to Fire Svc 3
FS121 Fire Behavior and Combust 3
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
or Report Writing
Required Program Course - Social Science 3 3
FS125 Principles of Fire and Emergency S 4
Required Program Course - Speech 3 3
Required Program Course - Social Science 3 3
Required Program Course - Arts and Letters 3 3
Second Year
FS200 Strategy and Tactics 3
FS205 Fire Prevention 3
FS231 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Wate 3
Required Course - Social Science 3 3
Elective 4 3
FS215 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 3
FS220 Fire Protection Systems 3
Required Course - Science, Mathematics, or Computer Science 3 4
Required Course - Arts and Letters 3 3
Elective 4 3
FS225 Prin of Fire & Emerg Service Admin 3
FS232 Occupational Safety and Health ES 3
Required Program Course - Science, Mathematics, or Computer Science 3 4
Elective 4 4
 Total Credits90

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.