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Fire Science/Fire-Fighting

Associate in Applied Science

Course Descriptions

Dean: Dr. Edward Kremer

Program Coordinator: Dr. Nancy K. Thomas

The mission of the Fire Science program is to provide a venturous and progressive modern educational experience in all aspects of fire protection and safety, leading to a useful associate degree or specific educational endeavor for all students regardless of gender. The faculty is committed to provide learning experiences which are girded with 21st Century Learning Outcomes, especially targeted at critical thinking, the community, communication, and information management core competencies.

Students develop entry-level skills for firefighting in this program. Students learn to effectively use the same mental approach or action plan for all types of fires. The program stresses leadership with a venturesome and progressive approach to applying principles of management - particularly those related to modern concepts of leadership, discipline, morale, and command. The goal is to develop decision-making skills that result in more effective firefighting and management.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement:
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements:
ENGL0101 Composition I
3
ENGL0102 Composition II* or
ENGL0206 Technical Writing*
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Mathematics Requirement:
MATH0104 Intermediate College Algebra (or higher) or
3
BUSN0110 Business Math
Total
3
 
Humanities Requirement:  (from Art, History, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy or Theatre)
Humanities Core Elective
3
Total
3
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirement
  Social Science Core Elective
3
Total
3
 
Natural and Physical Science Requirement
BIOL0143 Human Anatomy & Physiology (*prereq for EMT)
5
(If EMT requirement has been met any 3 credit NASC science may be used.)
Total
3-5
   
Total General Education Requirements:
23-25
 
Technical Requirements:
HZMT0120 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
3
(*Hazmat is a Pre/Co requisite for Firefighter I)  
FRSC0100 Firefighter I
5
FRSC0211 Firefighter II
3
FRSC0101 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
3
FRSC0107 Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services
3
FRSC0113 Building Construction Fire Service
3
FRSC0115 Fire Arson Investigation
3
FRSC0111 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy
3
FRSC0202 Fire Hydraulics
3
Total
29
 
EMS Requirements
EMTC0123 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and
8
EMTC0124 Emergency Medical Technician II or
4
EMTC0128 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Accelerated
10
Total
10-12
 
Total Core Technical Requirements
39-41
 

Choose 6 Credit Hours of Electives from List Below:

Elective Courses
FRSC0117 Fire Protection Equipment Alarm Systems (3)
FRSC0153-156 Techniques in Strength Training (2)
FRSC0201 Fire Administration I (3)
FRSC0170 Introduction to Homeland Security (5)  
FRSC0203 Fire Administration II (3)  
FRSC0205 Fire Inspection (3)  
FRSC0210 Building and Fire Codes (3)  
FRSC0214 Current Topics and Technology in Fire Science (1)  
FRSC0220 Fire Service Computer and Intelligent Machines (3)  
FRSC0225 Arson Intelligence (3)  
FRSC0230 Fire Service Instructional Methodology (3)  
FRSC0233 Industrial Fire Protection and Safety (3)  
FRSC0272 Historical Foundations of the Fire Service (3)  
 
Total hours required for an Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science/ Fire-Fighter Degree
64-67

*See course description for prerequisite.