Fire Science

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

Designed for individuals who desire a career in fire science. Beyond being a professional firefighter, the degree will assist in qualifying individuals for related occupations such as building inspector, rescue specialist, and hazardous materials specialist. For the employed firefighter, this degree can be an asset in seeking promotion within fire science.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate expertise in fire science at a level that prepares them for a supervisory position within the fire service. Graduates will demonstrate competency critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas necessary to educate and lead fire service personnel.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define and describe the need for cultural and behavioral change within the emergency services relating to safety, incorporating leadership, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
  • Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  • Define laws, rules, regulations and codes and identify those relevant to fire prevention of the authority having jurisdiction.
  • Discuss the various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel.
  • Explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent.
  • Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems.
  • Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics.
  • Differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

This program follows Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, and may transfer to a FESHE approved Bachelors Degree Fire Science Program. Also, the Fire Science Program provides International Fire Service Accreditation Congress certificate classes including Firefighter I/II, Fire Instructor I/II and Fire Officer I/II.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
FSC 150 (or FSC 148 & FSC 149) Fire Academy 16 Departmental Requirement Option
ENG 101 Freshman Composition 1/GE GE- Composition

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
FSC 106 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3 Major Requirement
FSC 151 Principles of Emergency Services 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 Freshman Composition/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra or approved higher level math 4 GE- Mathematics
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area

FSC 152

Fundamentals for Fire Prevention 3 Major Requirement
FSC 153 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3 Major Requirement
AGS 101 Solving the Problems of the World/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
GEO 105 World Regional Geography/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Science 

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
FSC 201 Fire Protection Systems 3 Major Requirement
FSC 203 Building Construction 3 Major Requirement
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Courses
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Additional Information

Application available now!

File Name Downloads
Fire Application Checklist Download

Class starts:

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Tuesday - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Thursday - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Saturday - 7:00AM - 5:00PM

Check the Fire Science program page for any additional information.