Fire Science

All those who join the Philadelphia Fire Department are eligible for a bonus.

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Fighting Fires and Saving Lives

Gain leadership skills for fire service and other related fields. You will learn to improve your communication and critical thinking skills, use computer-assisted design software, and understand the responsibilities of a fire officer, while receiving an excellent foundation for transfer to a four-year college. The Philadelphia Fire Department recognizes the importance of the Fire Science associate’s degree by awarding a bonus of a half point on all promotional examinations to any firefighter or fire officer who earns this degree. The half point can move you ahead five or more positions on a promotional list, and if you pursue a bachelor’s degree after earning your associate’s degree, you will earn a full point bonus on all promotional examinations.

Careers

Find your path.

Forest Firefighters – est. salary $61.117
Fire Investigators – est. salary $50.169
Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors – est. salary $81,279*

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

Jefferson University

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Fire Science degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FSCI 104 – Fire Prevention and Building Codes 3 credits Student Attends Fire Science Events, Lectures and Activities Major Course
FSCI 221 - Fire Prevention and Protection 3 credits  After completing this course with a grade of “C” or better, students will have the necessary public safety learning tools to advance to the next semester Major Course
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits    ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher 3 credits    Mathematics
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology or
SOC 105 - Health and Society
3 credits   Social Science
  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FSCI 172 - Fire Detection and Suppression Systems 3 credits   Major Course
FSCI 111 - Emergency Scene Management 3 credits   Major Course
CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry 3 credits   Natural Science
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102, Info Lit

Students should meet with a Fire Science advisor before registering for each semester

Summer I

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FSCI 181 - Building Construction for the Fire Service 3 credits   Major Course

Students should meet with a Fire Science advisor before registering for each semester

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FSCI 281 - Fire Investigation 3 credits   Major Course
FSCI 142 - Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety for Firefighters 3 credits    Major Course
Foreign Language 1st semester of two semester sequence 3 credits    Humanities, Am/Global Diversity
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics 4 credits    Major Course

Students should meet with a Fire Science advisor before registering for each semester

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FSCI 291 - Computer Assisted Pre-Fire Planning 3 credits   Major Course
FSCI 271 - Hazardous Materials 3 credits    Major Course
Foreign Language 2nd semester of two semester sequence 3 credits    Major Course
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits    Tech Competency
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 credits   Social Science Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies, AM/Global Diversity

Students should meet with a Fire Science advisor before registering for each semester

Summer I

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FSCI 241 - Fire Administration 3 credits   Major Course

Students should meet with a Fire Science advisor before registering for each semester

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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“The program has had a huge impact on developing leaders in Fire Science.”

Derrick Sawyer
program graduate 2005, former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner

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