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8/4/2021 6:09:09 PM

Fire Science, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum FIR.FIR.AAS (C243B)

(Total Program Credits: 65)

The Fire Science program is designed for individuals pursuing a career in fire service and related fields. Some fire departments offer hiring, promotional, and salary incentives to associate degree program graduates. This program is based on the curriculum recommended by the Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) division of the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

Other areas of employment for Fire Science graduates include fire equipment sales and service, municipal fire protection, fire prevention inspection in industry and architectural firms, investigation for insurance companies and emergency medical services. Upon petition, students who have completed programs approved by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office will be granted equivalent credit toward an associate’s degree in Fire Science.

Courses from this program may transfer into Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management, and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) Bachelor of Science in Fire & Emergency Response Management, after review with a program advisor. For more information, go to: http://architecture.siu.edu/undergraduate/psm for SIUC and https://uwosh.edu/oce/online-degree-and-certificate-programs/fire-and-emergency-response-management/ for UWO. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university in which you wish to transfer. (Fall 2019)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Fire Science program, the graduate will be able to:

  • identify the fundamental knowledge of firefighting according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • define the roles and responsibility of a fire officer according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • explain hydraulics in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • describe methods of fire investigation in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • summarize chemistry of hazardous materials in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • explain legal aspects of emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • explain safety in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • identify the components and key terms of the National Incident Management System according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and
  • define the roles and responsibilities of being an Emergency Medical Technician according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

(Fall 2021)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
EMS 131Emergency Medical Technician #

8 credits

FIR 101National Incident Management System (NIMS)

1 credit

FIR 111Principles of Emergency Services

2 credits

FIR 112Fire Behavior & Combustion

2 credits

FIR 113Fire Prevention

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 102Basic ICS and Application Towards Single Resource & Initial Action Incidents

1 credit

FIR 114Building Construction for Fire Protection

3 credits

FIR 115Fire Protection Systems

2 credits

FIR 116Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival

2 credits

 

MAT 101Quantitative Literacy #

3 credits

OR

MAT 102Liberal Arts Mathematics #

3 credits

 

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Summer

Course NumberTitleCredits
CIS 101Computer Systems & Business Applications

3 credits

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Note: Humanities or Fine Arts recommended electives (3): LIT 101◊, LIT 103◊, HUM 104◊, MUS 110◊, PHL 101◊, PHL 103◊ or SPE 130◊.

Semester Four: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 202Fire Service Strategy & Tactics #

3 credits

FIR 210Fire Investigation I #

3 credits

FIR 231Hazardous Materials Chemistry #

3 credits

FIR 251Occupational Safety & Health for Emergency Services #

2 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Note: Grade of ‘C’ or high is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102. Students must complete RHT 101, with SPE 101, or RHT 101 with RHT 102. Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101, RHT 102 and SPE 101 to meet university requirements.

Semester Five: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 203Fire & Emergency Services Administration #

3 credits

FIR 218Fire Investigation II #

3 credits

FIR 221Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply #

3 credits

FIR 241Legal Aspects of Emergency Services #

3 credits

PSC 150American National Politics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15
Practicum Prep

Semester Six: Summer

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 261Fire Service Practicum #

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:1

Graduation Requirements

Course NumberTitleCredits

General education:

AAS degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15

Total semester hours for program required courses program specific electives and other electives toward the AAS Degree in Fire Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:45

Total Credit Hours: 63

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required for each FIR and EMS course.

See FIR course descriptions.

See Humanities or Fine Arts General Education requirements.

Chairperson: William Justiz, Ext. 3653