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Fire Science

Description:

Continued technical progress and expanded emphasis on fire prevention, fire safety and pre-fire planning have created increased demands for skilled fire service personnel. The Fire Science curriculum is designed to serve the needs of Philadelphia firefighters and volunteer firefighters desiring to progress in expertise, skill and rank. Philadelphia firefighters who earn the A.A.S. Degree in Fire Science receive an additional half point on all Philadelphia Fire Department promotional examinations. The Fire Science Curriculum also serves students interested in becoming fire safety professionals. They may work in pre-fire planning or as fire code enforcement officers, building inspectors, fire protection technicians and designers, fire prevention equipment sales representatives or technical experts, and fire safety officials or risk managers for businesses, school districts and government agencies.

Program course offerings accommodate diverse schedules. The program has a dual admissions agreement with Holy Family University that allows our students desiring to continue their studies in fire science to transfer all of their credits there with guaranteed junior standing.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills needed for leadership in the fire service or a position in a related field, such as code enforcement, pre-fire planning, building inspection, risk management, or emergency planning.
  • Explain the various requirements for fire detection and suppression systems in differing types of occupancies and structures.
  • Prepare a pre-fire plan for a building using computer-assisted design software to draw floor and site plans.
  • Explain fireground strategy and tactics and identify the occupational risks firefighters face and the health and safety management strategies available to reduce injuries.
  • Apply the principles of the scientific approach to fire investigation and explain the important role that fire investigation and fire prevention programs play in reducing a community’s risk of fire.
  • Conclusively determine the type of building construction and explain how this interfaces with hazardous materials and their impact on operations at emergency scenes. 

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to all interested students. New students are normally required to take College placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Fire Science, a student must complete a minimum of 62 credits as prescribed and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
FSCI 104 - Fire Prevention and Building Codes   3 credits  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
FSCI 111 - Emergency Scene Management   3 credits  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher   3 credits Mathematics
FSCI 142 - Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety for Firefighters   3 credits  

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
FSCI 181 - Building Construction for the Fire Service   3 credits  
CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry   3 credits Natural Sciences
FSCI 271 - Hazardous Materials   3 credits  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 credits Social Sciences
Interpretive Studies
American/Global Diversity
Writing Intensive
FSCI 172 - Fire Detection and Suppression Systems   3 credits  
FSCI 221 - Fire Prevention and Protection   3 credits  
Foreign Language (first of two semester sequence)   3 credits Humanities
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics   3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
SOC 105 - Health and Society
  3 credits  
FSCI 281 - Fire Investigation   3 credits  
FSCI 241 - Fire Administration   3 credits  
FSCI 291 - Computer Assisted Pre-Fire Planning   3 credits  
Foreign Language (second of two semester sequence)   3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

62

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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.