Fire Science

Occupational Major

Department of Business Studies
Cottage I • Phone (215) 968-8190
Curriculum Code No. 2158

The Fire Science Associate Degree Program, following the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and the National Fire Academy models, prepares the student for a position in the fire service. In addition to the courses that prepare the student to manage a complex emergency scene, the courses in this curriculum provide the student with technical information on a wide range of topics. Courses such as Building Construction, Building and Fire Code Enforcement, Hazardous Materials, Fire Protection Systems, Fire Behavior, and Fire Safety Education prepare the student for careers that are directly and indirectly related to the Fire and Emergency Service. These careers include working in code enforcement, insurance investigation, fire protection, equipment inspection, and public service. In addition, this program provides individuals, already working in the fire service or in a related field, the opportunity to prepare for promotion while at the same time earning an Associate Degree.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • Manage a fire protection organization through effective use of public and private emergency planning and resources;
  • Demonstrate and apply the fundamental skills associated with firefighter safety and wellness, such as prevention, incident safety / risk management, organizational health and safety, and wellness programs;
  • Evaluate fire behavior and building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, and fire prevention; and
  • Apply safety codes and proper procedures for the transportation and storage of hazardous materials.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,2,10
3
Writing Elective E 3
FRSC100
Introduction to Fire Science
3
FRSC103
Building Construction for the Fire Service C
3
FRSC104
Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement C
3
FRSC105
Fire Prevention Systems C,9
3
FRSC112
Fire Behavior and Combustion
3
FRSC114
Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival
3
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials C
3
FRSC208
Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Administration A,C
3
FRSC209
Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health A,C
3
FRSC210
Fire and Life Safety Education A,C
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,2,6
3
Arts/Humanities Elective B,1 3
Emergency Services & Management Electives F 9-10
Science Elective A,C,D,7 3-4
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 2,3,8
3
OR
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 2,3,8
3
Total Credit Hours 61-63

Recommended Full-Time Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustment to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,2,10
3
FRSC100
Introduction to Fire Science
3
FRSC112
Fire Behavior and Combustion
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,2,6
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 2,3,8
3
OR
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 2,3,8
3
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course Credits
FRSC103
Building Construction for the Fire Service C
3
FRSC104
Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement C
3
FRSC105
Fire Prevention Systems C,9
3
Writing Elective E 3
Science Elective A,C,D,7 3-4
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Third Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,4,5
3
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials C
3
FRSC210
Fire and Life Safety Education A,C
3
Emergency Services & Management Electives F 3-4
Arts/Humanities Elective B,1 3
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
FRSC114
Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival
3
FRSC208
Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Administration A,C
3
FRSC209
Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health A,C
3
Fire Science/Public Safety Elective B 3
Emergency Services & Management Electives F 6-7
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Fire Science Electives

Course Credits
FRSC201
Firefighting Strategy and Tactics C
3
FRSC204
Legal Aspects of Emergency Services C
3
FRSC206
Fire Investigator I A,C
3
FRSC214
Fire Plan Review C
3
FRSC216
Fire Investigation II C
3
FRSC227
Pre-emergency Planning and Computer Aided Design C,9
3
FRSC285
Fire and Emergency Services Internship C
3

NOTE: By taking FRSC 204, FRSC206, FRSC214, and FRSC216, you can complete the Fire Prevention and Investigation Certificate requirements in addition to the Fire Science Associate Degree and Certificate.

A Placement testing required
B Arts/Humanities (Gen Ed Core) Requirement: Consult the approved list of courses
C Course requires prerequisites and/or co-requisites
D Choose from: BIOL101, CHEM101, or SCIE103
E Choose from: COMP111, COMP114, or MGMT135 (Decision on selection should be made with Advisor based on possible transfer requirements
F Choose three courses from: ACCT105, FRSC201, FRSC204, FRSC206, FRSC214, FRSC216, FRSC227, FRSC280, HLTH103, HLTH110, MGMT140, MGMT200, MGMT230, MGMT250, MEDA120, PUBS104, PUBS206, PUBS207, PUBS212, and POLI120 (Some CRIJ courses, may be used with prior written approval from the Public Safety Department Head.)

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing