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2000-2001 Catalog

Public Safety and Public Service
Fire Science Technology (Fire Company Officer) (221F)

Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science

The fire science technology program is designed to provide training for individuals who desire to enter the fire service, who seek employment in industrial fire protection, insurance companies or with fire protection equipment companies, or to upgrade the professional status and intellectual competence of those currently employed in fire service.

The program is under the guidance of an advisory committee composed of community leaders and administrators from local fire departments. This assures that students will receive modern, up-to-date instruction that is relevant to current practices in the field.

Fire science and general education courses are offered on a primary night and alternate night or day basis. The program director may require additional courses or make substitutions required to meet the needs of students.

NOTE: Students have two degree alternatives in this program: The associate in science (A.S.) and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.). If you intend to pursue further education at the university level, you should enroll in the A.S. option. If you intend to go directly to work after completing your associateís degree, consider the A.A.S. While the A.A.S. will not provide you with the transfer benefits of the A.S., the A.A.S. will provide you with the skills required to begin working in the field immediately upon graduation. If you are unsure of which option is best for you, please see an advisor for further counseling.

Requirements and Recommended Course Groupings

The following is a presentation of required courses in recommended course groupings for this program. These groupings are only a suggested guide, and there is no requirement to follow these precisely. The availability of courses, the studentís testing and academic performance and other factors may alter the studentís actual course completion sequence. Students of this program may register for courses in any grouping as long as the student has met any prerequisites for the course.

Course Grouping One
(First term load for full-time students; 2-5 terms for part-time students.)
 
Course Number and Title
Credits
ENC 1101 English Composition I 
3
FFP 1000 Introduction to Fire Protection 
3
CGS 1060 Introductory Computer Concepts 
3
FFP 2500 Hazardous Materials I 
3
*Social and Behavioral Sciences 
3
Credit Hours
15

Course Grouping Two
(Second term load for full-time students; 2-5 terms for part-time students.)
 
Course Number and Title
Credits
*Social and Behavioral Sciences 
3
FFP 1200 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
3
FFP 1620 Private Fire Protection Systems 
3
Professional Elective (see list below)  
3
FFP 1110 Fire Company Supervision and Management
3
Credit Hours
15

Course Grouping Three
(Third term load for full-time students; 2-5 terms for part-time students.)
 
Course Number and Title
Credits
ENC 1102 English Composition II 
3
Professional Elective (see list below) 
3
*FFP 2150 Fire Service Instructor 
3
*Mathematics 
3
*General Education Elective Area B, C or D
3
Credit Hours
15

Course Grouping Four
(Fourth term load for full-time students; 2-5 terms for part-time students.)
 
Course Number and Title
Credits
*Humanities 
3
FFP 2501 Hazardous Materials II 
3
FFP 2400 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy 
3
Professional Elective (see list below) 
6
Credit Hours
15
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
60

Professional Electives
(Select from the following.)

FFP 1315 Fire Codes and Standards
FFP 1620 Private Fire Protection Systems
FFP 2210 Fire Investigation
FFP 2326 Blueprints Reading and Plans
FFP 2501 Hazardous Materials II
FFP 2600 Fire Fighting Equipment and Apparatus
FFP 2150 Fire Service Instructor
EMS 2271 EMT-Paramedic Phase I
EMS 1119 Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care
OR
*General Education
**General Electives

*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.
**Refer to A.S. degree General Electives.

NOTE: Students earning an A.S. degree must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics course. Students earning an A.A.S. degree must take MAT 1033 or a higher level mathematics course.
 
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