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Fire Science

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Science provides the opportunity for individuals seeking careers in the fire service to acquire standard firefighting skills and prepare for state and/or national certifications, including the Firefighter I and II Certification. Students will gain broad knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in the fire service as firefighters. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Firefighter Operations is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2020 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

This program replaces: AAS/3112 Emergency Response and Operations

Admission criteria

Admission to program is required. See Program Director for details.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EMT104Emergency Medical Technology (10) AND
EMT104LLEmergency Medical Technology Practicum (2) OR
Arizona State EMT Certification (0) OR
Arizona State Paramedic Certification (0) OR
Permission of Program Director (0)0-12
FSC101Introduction to Fire Service Selection and Entry (4) OR
Current employment as a firefighter as determined by the Program Director. (0)0-4
FSC102Fire Department Operations11
FSC105Hazardous Materials/First Responder (3) OR
Permission of Program Director (0)0-3
FSC108Fundamentals of Fire Prevention (3) OR
FSC110Wildland Firefighter (3)3
(FSC110is recommended)
FSC113Introduction to Fire Suppression3
FSC117Fire Apparatus3
FSC118Fire Hydraulics3
FSC119Introduction Fire Service Ethics3
FSC130Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT (1) OR
Verification of CPAT completion (0)0-1
FSC134Fitness and Conditioning for Firefighters (3) OR
FSC234Fitness and Wellness for Firefighter Candidates (3)3
(FSC234is recommended for students who have already completed the Fire Academy equivalent of FSC102)
FSC174Functions of Command2
FSC208Firefighter Safety and Building Construction3
FSC215Customer Service in the Public Sector3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
FSC+++++Any Fire Science Technology course.
Recommend the following:
FSC202Supervisory Training for Firefighters3
FSC204Firefighting Tactics and Strategy3
FSC282ACService-Learning Experience in Fire Science3
FSC296WCCooperative Education3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
COM100is recommended.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 3 OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Equivalent or higher level mathematics course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area.3-6
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Fine Arts and Design [HU] area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences [SG/SQ] area.
  • Apply the basic theories of fire behavior and methods of fire control and prevention in a variety of fire operations. (FSC102, FSC108, FSC110, FSC113, FSC118, FSC208, (CRE), [MA])
  • Demonstrate the appropriate and safe use of personal firefighting equipment and fire apparatus. (FSC101, FSC102, FSC110, FSC113, FSC117, FSC118, FSC134, FSC234, (CRE), (COM), [MA])
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of the professional and organizational structures, processes, and policies that guide fire departments. (EMT104, EMT104LL, FSC101, FSC102, FSC105, FSC108, FSC110, FSC113, FSC117, FSC118, FSC119, FSC208, FSC215, (CRE), (COM), [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate physical tasks, proper tool selection, and knowledge of operating procedures in accordance with the standards of the profession. (EMT104, EMT104LL, FSC102, FSC105, FSC108, FSC110, FSC118, FSC130, FSC134, FSC174, FSC208, FSC234, (CRE), [MA])
  • Mitigate hazards to health and safety by assessing, planning and responding to emergency situations. (EMT104, EMT104LL, FSC102, FSC105, FSC110, FSC113, FSC174, FSC208, (CRE), (COM), [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking, mental, and emotional skills needed to perform firefighting tasks and services. (EMT104, EMT104LL, FSC102, FSC105, FSC110, FSC117, FSC118, FSC130, FSC134, FSC174, FSC215, FSC234, (CRE), (COM), [FYC], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Practice industry accepted professional and ethical behavior related to fire service. (EMT104, EMT104LL, FSC101, FSC102, FSC108, FSC110, FSC118, FSC119, FSC215, (CRE), (COM), [FYC], [SB], [HU])
  • Collaborate effectively with members of a team to achieve goals. (EMT104, EMT104LL, FSC101, FSC102, FSC110, FSC119, FSC174, FSC215, (CRE), (COM), [FYC], [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Communicate efficiently and effectively with members of diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner. (EMT104, EMT104LL, FSC101, FSC102, FSC108, FSC110, FSC119, FSC215, (CRE), (COM), [FYC], [HU], [SB])

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