Fire Science Technology

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: FSTR
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

This program will prepare individuals for entry-level employment as fire fighters as well as provide the degree credential necessary for promotion and advancement of professionals currently employed with the fire service.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the coursework in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ART​SYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education and Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
BIO 101 or
BIO 130
​General Biology [S]
Principles of Biology [S]
​3
​BIO 111 or
BIO 131
​General Biology Lab
Principles of Biology Lab
1​
BIO 208 and
BIO 218
Human Anatomy and Physiology I [S]
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
3
1
BIO 209 and
BIO 219
Human Anatomy and Physiology II [S]
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
3
1
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SS] 3
SPH 121 or Interpersonal Communications [H] 3
​SPH 141 ​Public Speaking [H] ​3
Required Occupational courses offered by Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
Number Title Credits
​ELECT ​Elective ​1
EMT 106 Emergency Medical Technician-Basics 7
FIR 101 Firefighter I 3
FIR 110 Fire Department Safety Officer 2
FIR 114 Aerial Operator 1
FIR 129 Incident Safety Officer 1
FIR 130 Emergency Vehicle Operator 2
FIR 200 Hazardous Materials Technician 2
FIR 201 Firefighter II 2
​FIR 202 ​Truck Company Fireground Operations ​1
FIR 203 Fire Officer I 2
FIR 204 Fire Inspector 4
FIR 206 Firefighter Safety and Survival 1
FIR 207 Fireground Operations 1
FIR 209 Rescue Technician Operations 1
FIR 210 Rescue Technician Extrication 1

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (14 credits)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
​BIO 101 or
BIO 130
​ General Biology
Principles of Biology ​
​BIO 111 or
BIO 131
​ General Biology Lab
Principles of Biology Lab
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
Spring I (11 credits)
BIO 208 and
BIO 218
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications
Public Speaking
​SOC 101 ​Introduction to Sociology
ELECT Elective
Fall II (4 credits)
BIO 209 and
BIO 219
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the entry level knowledge, communication skills, written and verbal, and the professional abilities associated with the field of fire science with the ability to incorporate field strategies and tactics associated with various fire situations and to effectively operate a fire pumper or aerial apparatus
  • Demonstrate the ability to function as a fire officer within a fire service program, including the ability to perform effectively as a safety officer on the scene of an emergency, to recognize and mitigate various hazardous materials situations and to work with a team to perform fire suppression techniques specific to the incident while maintaining a full situational awareness to rescue, HAZMAT, investigation, and safety issues
  • Work effectively within the organizational structure of a company and manage a company level training program
  • Demonstrate an understanding and incorporate into their practice the laws and ordinances related to fire prevention
  • Provide field management of a patient at the EMT level

Career Opportunities

Firefighting, disaster planning, emergency services, fire inspection, fire investigation, fire safety.​​