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Fire Science Technology - Associate Degree

EFSC's Fire Science Technology A.S. Degree program is a 60-credit curriculum that covers the theory of fire science as well as practical applications.

While the degree does not provide the training required to be a professional firefighter, this Associate in Science degree is a popular route for existing firefighters who want to advance their careers, either by earning the A.S. or by completing select classes to achieve extra certifications.

While not required for admission, it is recommended that applicants hold a State of Florida Firefighter Minimum Standards Certificate of Compliance, the certification that can be earned by graduates of the EFSC Fire Training Center's hands-on Fire Fighter I/II certificate program.

A.S. degree applicants with that Firefighter certification can receive credit for the course FFP 1000 - Introduction to Fire Science.

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This A.S. degree's courses also are frequently utilized by fire personnel who are seeking the state certifications listed below, both as a degree-seeking student or through continuing education without seeking a degree. Other A.S. students plan to move on to a bachelor program such as EFSC's Public Safety Management BAS track. Contact the program coordinator for personalized advising to meet your goals.

Fire Science Technology A.S. COURSE CURRICULUM

The program's curriculum and the accordion include specific guidance on which courses can be used to qualify for state certifications through the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, such as Fire Officer 1 & 2, Pump Operator, and Fire Inspector.

The Fire Science Schedule linked below shows the classes available for registration that term. Successful completion of the general education, major courses, and technical elective requirements can result in earning the A.S. degree. Again, discuss your specific goals with the program coordinator.

Fire Science Technology - Associate Degree

Program Overview

Degree Type
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Delivery Method
On-Campus, Hybrid
Palm Bay
Total Credit Hours
Academic Community
Public Safety
Contact Information

Jessica Antus
Program Coordinator
Palm Bay, Bldg. 6, Rm. 106

Request Advising Appointment

Bill Klein, Program Manager

Scott Manning, Fire Academy Chief

State Certifications: Choose a topic for details

Fire Safety Inspector: Required Courses
  • FFP 2505 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
  • FFP 2540 Fire Protection Systems & Extinguishing Agents
  • FFP 2120 Building Construction & Codes
  • FFP 2521 Plans Examination & Blue Print Reading
  • FFP 2510 Fire Protection Codes & Standards
Fire Officer I: Required Courses
  • FFP 2720 Company Officer Leadership
  • FFP 2810 Firefighting Tactics & Strategy I
  • FFP 2740 Fire Service Instructor
  • FFP 2120 Building Construction & Codes
  • Complete the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation "Courage to Be Safe" Course
Fire Officer II: Required Courses
  • FFP 2741 Fire Service Course Design
  • FFP 2811 Firefighting Tactics & Strategies II
  • FFP 2505 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
  • FFP 2540 Fire Protection Systems
Fire Investigator I: Required Courses
  • FFP 2540 Fire Protection System and Ext. Agents
  • FFP 2120 Building Construction and Codes
  • FFP 2111 Fire Chemistry
  • FFP 2610 Origin and Cause
Punp Operator: Required Courses
  • FFP 2301 Fire Hydraulics
  • FFP 2302 Fire Apparatus Operator
Courses Approved for Renewal Hours for State Certifications

Use this state of Florida web page link for a renewal requirements search tool:

Approved Renewal Courses

Fire Science Technology A.S. Admissions Information

Applying for the Fire Science Technology A.S. degree follows the college's general admissions process.

Because every student's goals are different, all applicants should make an advising appointment with the program coordinator to discuss whether you plan to take only select courses to earn a certification or to complete the A.S. That will impact your next steps in the admissions process.

Students taking Fire Science courses for continuing education purposes can later choose to pursue having that credit apply toward the A.S. degree.

Brief Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility

The Fire Science Technology A.S. degree is a 60 college credit program. Florida resident tuition for those courses would total $6,240, excluding any lab fees or course materials.

The program's courses are eligible for Federal financial aid if students qualify. Explore the availability of financial aid and scholarships and be sure to apply for aid that can reduce the cost of your education.

College Courses You Could Take

Depending on your goals, the selection of Fire Science Technology courses you choose to take can vary. Here are just some of the courses that are offered through the program curriculum:

Related Fire Science Academy Programs

The options below can lead to a Career and Technical Certificate or provide non-credit Continuing Education. Reach out to the Fire Academy team as you plan whether you should take continuing education courses or college-credit training.