Fire Science (AAS Degree)

Degree Description

Designed to prepare students to enter the Fire Science profession by providing them with knowledge and skills that can be used to enter a wide variety of positions. The program allows students the option of selecting courses emphasizing emergency medical, fire suppression, or fire prevention.

General Education Requirements: 25 credits

All General Education coursework must be selected from approved AZ General Education Curriculum.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher College Mathematics with Algebra Review (5) or higher (3) 3
Arts/Humanities (6 credits)    
Two courses  Two courses 6
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)    
Two courses  Two courses 6
Physical/Biological Sciences (4 credits)    
Choose one of the following:
BIO 100 Biology Concepts 4
BIO 105 Environmental Biology 4
BIO 181 Unity of Life: Life of the Cell 4
CHM 130 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 5
PHY 111 College Physics I 4

Degree Core Requirements: 37 credits

Course Course Title Hours
EMS 131 Emergency Medical Technician 8
FSC 135 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention 3
FSC 136 Fire Apparatus and Hydraulics 4
FSC 138 Hazardous Materials/ First Responder 4
FSC 180 Fire Fighter I and II 8
FSC 236 Firefighter Occupational Safety 3
FSC 238 Emergency Scene Management 3
FSC 239 Emergency Services Leadership and Management 4

Electives: 6 credits

Select 6 credits with a minimum of one course from the EMS or FSC prefix from the following:          
Course Course Title Hours
BUS 204 Business Communications 3
BUS 206 Principles of Management 3
BUS 207 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 211 Human Resources and Personnel Management 3
BUS 213 Small Business Management 3
EMS 262 Certified Emergency Paramedic 47
FSC 233 Wildland Fire Suppression 4
FSC 234 Fire Investigation 3
FSC 235 Fire Protection Systems 3
FSC 241 Firefighter Safety & Building Construction 3
FSC 243 Intermediate Wildland Suppression 4
FSC 253 Advanced Wildland Suppression 4


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. meet requirements to gain state certification, as outlined by the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence, for Fire Fighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Level;
  2. meet National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II requirements for red card certification after fire service employment and successful completion of Fire Fighter Pack Test. (elective based);
  3. develop necessary operational skills to effectively respond to and perform at various emergency scenes;
  4. develop necessary non-operational skills that support fire safety and protection activities.