Fire Science (FSC)

FSC 135 (3)

Fundamentals of Fire Prevention 

Role and functions of fire prevention. Practical rather than theoretical aspects of fire prevention. Three lecture.


FSC 136 (4)

Fire Apparatus & Hydraulics 

Principles of care, maintenance, and operation of fire apparatus and pumps. Pump construction, pumping and pump accessories, power development and transmission, driving, trouble shooting, and producing effective fire streams. Three lecture; two lab.


FSC 137 (.5)

Hazardous Materials Awareness

Provides the basic concepts and techniques related to hazardous materials first response. It is for those individuals who in the course of their normal duties may be first on the scene of an emergency involving hazardous material. First Responders at the awareness level are expected to recognize and identify a hazardous materials incident, protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and secure the area.  Fire Science and Paramedic students must take FSC 138. One half or .5.


FSC 138 (4)

Hazardous Materials First Responder

Definition, detection, identification, scene management, basic training, equipment planning, strategy, and tactics in the management of hazardous materials incidents. Preparation for Department of Emergency Services certificate. For Fire Science and Paramedic majors, the co-requisite is EMS 131. Four lecture.


FSC 180 (8)

Firefighter I & II

For the new firefighter or student interested in firefighting.  Fire behavior and basic firefighting skills, with hands-on use of firefighting equipment. Prerequisite: FSC 138 and *EMS 131 or consent of Fire Science Coordinator and Fire Science Admission paperwork (available at the Registration and Enrollment Services desk). Six lecture. Four lab.


FSC 233 (4)

Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior/Fire Fighter and Human Factors in the Wildland

Provide a fundamental knowledge of wildland fire: behavior, control techniques, and fireline leadership, along with an introduction to the Incident Command System and National Response Network. Covers material from, IS-100,, IS-700, S-130, S-190, and L-180 After completion, students may qualify for "Red Card" with the addition of fire service employment and successful completion of the Fire Fighter Pack Test Four lecture.


FSC 234 (3)

Fire Investigation

Methods of determining point of fire origin and fire cause, and detection of incendiary fires. Includes simplified physics and chemistry necessary to analyze fire behavior. Three lecture.


FSC 235 (3)

Fire Protection Systems

Required standard for water supply, protection systems, automatic sprinklers, and special extinguishing systems, including analysis of various automatic signaling and detection systems. Prerequisite: *FSC 180 or consent of instructor. Three lecture.


FSC 236 (3)

Firefighter Occupational Safety

Informational base to reduce injuries to fire fighting personnel. Awareness, training, and research of equipment to develop a safety program to meet the needs of the fire service. Three lecture.


FSC 238 (3)

Emergency Scene Management

Effective methods of managing emergency incidents including multiple alarm fires, high-rise fires, brush fires, hazardous materials incidents, and multi-casualty medical incidents. Includes effective interaction among numerous agencies to achieve control. Prerequisite: *FSC 180 or consent of instructor. Three lecture.


FSC 239 (4)

Emergency Services Leadership and Management

Basic principles for administrative management of emergency service organizations.  Includes fundamental elements in supervision, leadership, group dynamics, decision making, organizational structure and legal obligations.  Also includes health and fitness, customer service and recovery efforts.  Four lecture.


FSC 241 (3)

Firefighter Safety and Building Construction 

Safety for firefighters on the fire ground. Effects of fire and heat on various types of building construction resulting in the loss of structure will be explored. Includes signs and symptoms of structural damage. Three lecture.


FSC 243 (4)

Wildland Fire Chain Saws

Instructor led course that provides introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Includes field exercise(s) that support entry level training for fire fighters with little to no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline
situations. Prerequisite FSC 233 or Instructor consent. Four Lecture.


FSC 253 (4)

Wildland Fire Observation and Origin Scence Protection, Portable Pumps and Water Use, Basic Air Operations

Designed to teach sound wildland fire observations and origin scene protection, provide knowledge and skills to design, set-up, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems. Course also covers aircraft types, capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical, and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter takeoff and landing areas. Covers materials from FI-110, S-211, S-270. Prerequisite: FSC 233 and FSC 243, or consent of instructor. Four lecture.


FSC 289 (1–6)

Internship I

Designed for students who are looking for paid or voluntary, practical learning experiences that apply academic and occupational education to real-life, on-the-job situations. Credit hours will be negotiated based on fulfillment of a contract. Each credit hour requires the completion of a minimum 45 hours of on-the-job participation. Prior experience or course work in the field of interest is required One to six variable credit hours. May be taken for S/U credit. 


FSC 198/298 (1-6)

Special Topics

Designed to meet the needs of an individual(s) who has an interest in pursuing an original topic in an instructional area under faculty supervision. One to six variable credit hours. 


*Courses may have additional pre or co requisite(s)