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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Science Technology [2016]

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Associate in Science Degree

(60 Credit Hours)

Program Manager

Steve Girk

Program Goal

The Fire Science Technology Program educates with an effective balance of knowledge and practical skills in fire science. We prepare students to begin a career in fire science as well as those currently employed and interested in expanding their fire fighter career opportunities.

This A.S. Degree is designed to meet the needs of those just starting careers in fire science as well as those currently employed and interested in expanding their fire fighter career opportunities. Students desiring to transfer into the SCF Public Safety Administration and Emergency Management BAS Degree should consult the SCF Catalog for required Pre-requisites.  Students who desire to transfer to the University of Florida Fire and Emergency Services BS Degree Program, should contact the University of Florida for required prerequisites.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge to understand how building construction, fire protection systems, fire and life-safety codes, and public education practices contribute to the limitation and spread of fires.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of fire chemistry and hazardous materials to understand why fires and hazardous releases start, spread, and how they are controlled including the problems of recognition, reactivity, and health encountered by firefighters.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fire control through the proper utilization of water, hydraulic principles, tactics and strategies, equipment, personnel, and other extinguishing agents on the fire ground.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of proper fire scene interpretations related to origin and cause, preservation of evidence, documentation, scene security, and types of fire causes including applicable local, state, and federal laws that influence the fire services tort, liability, and review of court cases.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies involved in the planning and delivering of effective training and education for fire service professionals as well as members of the community from all age demographics.

Admissions Requirements


1) Any student who has completed a high school diploma, GED, or is eligible to enter high school dual enrollment program.

General Academic Courses

Beginning with 2022-2023 catalog year, prior to being awarded an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, students are required to complete at least one core course (Category A) in each general education subject area. A grade of “C” or better shall be considered successful completion in all courses that are part of an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. Students must complete 15 or more hours from Category A of the five areas listed below.

(Offered by SCF)

Students may take these courses at any time during their program of study.

Subtotal Credit Hours: 15

Program Specialization Courses

Please consult the course description section of the Catalog for any prerequisites.


Subtotal Credit Hours: 30

Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours 60


(*The above Fire Officer I and II courses and Fire Inspector/Investigator courses are offered cooperatively with STC and MTC at sites determined by STC/MTC/ SCF.  They must be certified by SCF and taught by SCF approved instructors in order to be awarded college credits for the coursework. Records of the certified courses will be kept at all three schools, but the official records will be housed at SCF for the purpose of verifying credits are SACSCOC approved.)

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