Fire Science Technology, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science

(ON HIATUS)

CIP Code: 43.9999NOVA Code: 4270

Offered through MEC, NOL

Purpose: The overall goal of the program is to prepare individuals for entry or advancement in the fire service or a related field by providing them with knowledge of the fire protection profession and giving them the general education necessary to function and advance in one of these professions.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor or counselor for further information.

Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
FST 100 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FST 110 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
1MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
2PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 17
2nd Semester
4ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
FST 112 Hazardous Materials Chemistry 3
FST 115 Fire Prevention 3
5FST 121 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
6ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Elective 3
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 18
3rd Semester
7CST/FST Elective 3
FST 210 Legal Aspects of Fire Service 3
8FST 240 Fire Administration 3
9 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
10 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 3
Total 16
4th Semester
FST 205 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 3
FST 215 Fire Protection Systems 3
FST 220 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FST 235 Strategy and Tactics 3
FST 245 Fire and Risk Analysis 3
2PED RPK Elective 1
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Principles of Emergency Services
FST
100
3
FST
110
3
1MTH
154
3
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
2PED
116
1
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
Total 17
2nd Semester
4ENG
115
3
FST
112
3
FST
115
3
Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival
5FST
121
3
Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Elective
6ITE
115
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Total 18
3rd Semester
Elective
7CST/FST
3
FST
210
3
8FST
240
3
9
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
10
3
Total 16
4th Semester
FST
205
3
FST
215
3
FST
220
3
FST
235
3
FST
245
3
RPK Elective
2PED
1
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67

1 May substitute a higher-level mathematics course. Consult an academic advisor to make the appropriate selection.

2 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course. Active duty firefighters can substitute other credits to meet the PED requirement based on the Credit for Prior Learning Manual.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Fire Science students are encouraged to choose from psychology or sociology.

4 May substitute ENG 112, ENG 116, ENG 125, ENG 131, or ENG 205.

5 May substitute FST 120.

6 May also select from CSC, GIS, ITE, ITN, ITD, ITP courses, or HIM 130.

7 May choose from CST 100, CST 110, or FST 135.

8 May substitute FST 255.

9 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

10 Select from BIO 101, BIO 141, CHM 101, CHM 111, CHM 121, NAS 101, NAS 150, NAS 161, PHY 101, PHY 102, or PHY 201.

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