Fire Science Technology Degree (FS)

Often first at the scene of a fire, traffic accident, or medical emergency, firefighters protect the public by fighting fires, treating injuries, and performing other vital functions. This program meets the needs of firefighters with relevant coursework in building construction, fire prevention, fire investigation, and more. The Fire Science program accepts certain courses in transfer from the Massachusetts Fire Academy. This program is for those working in the field as well as those interested in pursuing it.

MWCC has adopted the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model curriculum. These courses form a national curriculum with recognition from the National Fire Academy.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FST153 Fire Protection Systems

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FST159 Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FST155 Principles of Emergency Services

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FST158 Principles of Firefighter Safety and
Survival

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FST157 Fire Prevention

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II

3

  ENG101
FST151 Building Construction

3

  FST155 or permission of division dean
FST154 Hazardous Materials Chemistry

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FST152 Strategy and Tactics

3

  FST159
FST162 Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply

3

  MAT096 or placement; FST155
FST161 Legal Aspects of Emergency

Services

3

  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FST163 Fire Investigation I (First Responder)

3

  FST151, 155, 159, or permission of  division dean
FST160 Fire and Emergency Services

Administration

3

  FST155
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

  MAT096 or placement
HCC111 Emergency Medical Technician I

4

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.
HCC112 Emergency Medical Technician II

4

    HCC111 or placement
  Humanities Elective

3

  Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
  Science Elective

3/4

    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
  Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC
  Professional Elective

3

    Electives: Any FST course, CJU133, CJU134, SOC 212
                                                        Total: 68/69 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online.

Helpful hints: Many fire departments require the civil service exam. Also, students should consider completing EMT certification since fire departments respond to non-fire emergencies.

Transfer options: Many remain in or enter the fire science field. However, for a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: After passing the required exams, graduates can become fire fighters, and/or higher (i.e., fire lieutenant, fire captain, fire prevention/code inspector). Careers in the insurance industry, loss prevention, and occupational safety may also be options.

Earning potential: $31,991 to $56,808 per year.

Program Competencies for FS

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of fire prevention.
  • Use theory and practice relative to fire hydraulics in relation to fire suppression.
  • Articulate fundamental codes and ordinances specific to building construction.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the principles of arson investigation.
  • Use principles of hazardous chemicals in containment of toxic spills.
  • Use equipment typical of a traditional fire company.
  • Exhibit the use of principles specific to managing a fire or some other type of incident.

Technical Standards* for FS

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Lift a minimum of 75 pounds.
  • Traverse small spaces.
  • Climb to extended heights.
  • Manipulate gauges and valves associated with fire control.