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Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science

Fire Science Technology (Academy Track) (2138)

The Fire Science Technology program provides 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 who need to upgrade their professional status and intellectual competence.

This program is designed for students who seek an associate in science and fire officer certification. This program will prepare you for employment in the fire-fighting field upon graduation. You will simultaneously complete requirements for your degree and fire officer training. Upon graduation you will then be eligible to sit for the state certification exam for fire fighter.

The program is under the guidance of an advisory committee composed of community leaders and administrators from local fire departments. This ensures that you 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.

Expected Job Growth: About as fast as the average through 2012. Most job growth will occur as volunteer firefighting positions are converted to paid positions.

Average Salary: Median earnings were $17/hour in 2002.

Certification and Licensing:
Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the state certification exam for fire fighter.

Application Procedure
This program is restrictive as to who can enter and certain prerequisites exist, as they currently do for academy entry. Contact the Dean of Workforce Development on South Campus concerning admission to the program.


General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
ENC 1102 English Composition II: Writing About Non-Fiction Prose (3)
*Humanities (3)
*Social and Behavioral Science (3)
*Mathematics (3)

Credit hours: 15

Professional Courses
FFP 2111 Fire Chemistry (3)
CGS 1060 Introductory Computer Concepts (3)
FFP 2811 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy II (3)
FFP 2740 Fire Service Instructor Methods (3)
FFP 2120 Building Construction for Fire Service (3)
FFP 2604 Origin and Cause (3)
**Academic credits will be awarded for completion of Fire Fighter II (5720) workforce certificate (27)

Credit hours: 45

Total Credit Hours: 60

*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.
**The Fire Fighter II program is a selective admissions program. It can be taken at any point in the degree. Contact the Dean of Workforce Development Office at South Campus at 904.646.2182 for more information.

You have two options in this program: the associate in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer to a state university, and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please see an advisor to determine the option that is best for you.

Estimated tuition is $3,600 (for Florida residents, as of 7/04).


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