Fire Science

Occupational Major

This major is primarily designed for job preparedness. Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Founders 210A • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 2158

The Fire Science Associate Degree Program prepares the student for a leadership position in the Fire Service. In addition to the courses that prepare the student to manage a complex emergency scene, the Fire Science courses in this curriculum provide the student with technical information on a wide range of topics. Courses such as Pre-emergency Planning and Computer Assisted Design, Fire Investigation, the International Building and Fire Code and Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education prepare the student for careers that are directly and indirectly related to the Fire Service. Graduates of this program learn to analyze, synthesize and evaluate Fire Science problems and to be prepared to enter positions of responsibility that will include careers working in fire investigation, code inspection, insurance investigation, fire equipment inspection, risk analysis and pre-emergency planning both in government and in private industry. The skills obtained will assist the graduate in obtaining promotion, working as fire code enforcement officers, fire protection technicians and designers. In addition the graduate will be able to work in private industry as sales representatives or technical experts in public safety administration positions.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate the skills required for leadership in the fire service;
  • evaluate fire ground strategy and tactics;
  • prepare a pre-fire plan using CAD programming;
  • interpret the requirements for fire detection and suppression systems; and
  • interpret the roles of fire investigation and of fire prevention.

Degree Course Requirments

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,1
3
COMP114
Technical Writing D,2
3
CHEM101
Chemistry A D,3
4
MATH110
Mathematics for Technology A,D
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking C, D
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology E
3
Cultural Perspective B 3
Personal Health B 2
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,4
3
FRSC100
Introduction to Fire Science
3
FRSC201
Firefighting Strategy and Tactics
3
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials
3
FRSC103
Building Construction for the Fire Service
3
FRSC104
The International Fire Prevention and Building Code
3
FRSC205
Fire Protection Systems
3
FRSC206
Fire Investigation
3
FRSC107
Pre-emergency Planning and Computer Assisted Design
3
FRSC208
Organization and Management of Emergency Services
3
FRSC209
Fire Service Occupational Safety And Health
3
FRSC110
Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education
3
Total Credit Hours 60

Recommended Semester Sequence

First semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,1
3
FRSC100
Introduction to Fire Science
3
FRSC103
Building Construction for the Fire Service
3
MATH110
Mathematics for Technology IA,D
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,D
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
FRSC104
The International Fire Prevention and Building Code
3
FRSC110
Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education
3
COMP114
Technical Writing D,2
3
CHEM101 Chemistry A D,3 4
FRSC107
Pre-emergency Planning and Computer Assisted Design
3
Total Credit Hours 16

Third Semester

Course Credits
FRSC201
Firefighting Strategy and Tactics
3
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials
3
FRSC205
Fire Protection Systems
3
FRSC209
Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health
3
Cultural Perspectives B 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
FRSC206
Fire Investigation
3
FRSC208
Organization and Management of Emergency Services
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology E
3
Personal Health B 2
Integration of Knowledge 4 3
Total Credit Hours 14

A Placement testing required
B Consult approved list.
C Satisfies Creative Expression
D Course requires prerequisite.
E Satisfies Social Perspective

1 Satisfies College Writing, Level I
2 Satisfies College Writing, Level II
3 Satisfies College Level Math or Science
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive Requirement