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Fire Science Technology

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The major in Fire Science Technology has been designed for students desiring to advance in the fire protective service occupations and to acquire knowledge in fire protection fundamentals useful in related occupations. With the increasing complexity of modern technology in the fire protection field, it is necessary for fire protection personnel to acquire specialized knowledge and problem-solving skills to meet the challenge of a changing society.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Firefighter, Fire Officer, Fire Protection Specialist, Fire/Emergency Instructor, Fire or Building Inspector, Fire Investigator, Rescue Service, Emergency Medical Service, Hazardous Materials Services, Emergency Manager, Occupational or Industrial Safety and Risk Management, Fire Marshal, Fire Sprinkler Designer, Design Manager, Sprinkler Installer or Mechanic, and related occupations

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: The purpose of the associate of applied science (AAS) degree curriculum is to prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation. Four-year college and university transfer opportunities for AAS degrees, if existing, are usually very specific in nature. Reynolds has formal transfer articulation agreements with four-year institutions that enable graduates who qualify to transfer courses completed in the AAS degree. These transfer articulation agreements are subject to change or expiration. In addition, students may substitute some courses in the AAS degree curriculum with courses that typically transfer to senior institutions. Students interested in transferring in general or transferring under a formal transfer articulation agreement should consult their faculty advisor upon program entry for further guidance.

There are no physical requirements, such as height, weight, eyesight, and physical dexterity; however, the student should understand that there may be some requirements for employment in fire or rescue service agencies.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

CURRICULUM:

 

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

FST 1001

Principles of Emergency Services

3

0

3

FST 110

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

0

3

___ ___2

Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

3

17

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

FST 1121

Hazardous Materials Chemistry

3

0

3

FST 1151

Fire Prevention

3

0

3

MTH 1203

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

18

0

18

FST 240

Fire Administration

3

0

3

FST 235

Strategy and Tactics

3

0

3

___ ___2,4

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

FST 121

Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

3

0

3

FST 220

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

0

3

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

15-16

0-2

16

FST 205

Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

3

0

3

FST 245

Fire and Risk Analysis

3

0

3

FST 210

Legal Aspects of Fire Service

3

0

3

FST 215

Fire Protection Systems

3

0

3

CST 1005

Principles of Public Speaking

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Fire Science Technology 66

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1 Students with certain fire service certifications may be awarded credit for this course. See course descriptions or program head for more details.

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

3 Students planning to attend a four-year institution are recommended to take MTH 151, 170, or 163 in place of MTH 120.

4 EMS 111 or 112 will also satisfy the general education requirement for personal wellness. Students who have a valid EMT certificate will be given credit for EMS 112 when all other curriculum requirements have been met.

5 Students with Fire Service Instructor 1 and Train the Trainer Firefighter 1 and 2 Instructor or Fire Service Instructor 2 certification can be awarded credit for FST 135, which will substitute for this course. See course descriptions or program head for more details.