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Fire Science Program

The Fire Science degree provides occupational specialty and general education courses. Although most core courses are designed for fire service personnel, certain courses are appropriate for those individuals working in the private sector within the disciplines of fire protection and prevention.

Program curricula were developed through the efforts of the program advisory board, and utilization of national guidelines for higher education in the fire service.

Courses and degree are continuously updated to meet NFPA Guidelines. Prior to admission, potential students must contact the program advisor. Please phone (425) 564-2012 or go to the Fire Science program website for advising session dates and times.

Designed for those either seeking a career in the fire service or are newly hired. Degree gives a solid background in fire science core curriculum and general education. If a student is not employed in the fire service, they are required to attend one group advising session held monthly on the main campus.

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Associate in Arts Degree Fire Science

Brief Description

The Fire Science associate degree is designed for those either newly hired or seeking a career in the fire service. This degree gives a solid background in fire science core curriculum and general education.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Demonstrate proficient skills, knowledge, and abilities as listed in NFPA 1001 for Firefighter One
  • Communicate effectively during emergency and non-emergency operations and situations
  • Effectively work as a team member in a variety of emergency and nonemergency situations
  • Possess entry-level requirements as a firefighter
  • Effectively utilize critical thinking and problem solving abilities as they apply to the fire service
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of all the national core curriculum requirements as outlined by Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
CORE CURRICULUM  
FS 101 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FS 102 Introduction to Fire Prevention and Practices 3
FS 105 Fire Service Hydraulics 3
FS 110 Fundamentals of Emergency Services 3
FS 120 Fire Investigation 3
FS 137 Fire Protection 3
FS 152 Building Construction 3
FS 160 Fire Tactics & Strategies 3
FS 177 Wildland/Urban Interface 3
FS 190 Fire Inspection & Codes 4
FS 201 Emergencey Medical Technician 8
FS 275 Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS  
BTS 161 Business Software Essentials 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
Choose 6 credits from the following: 6
CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/ lab (6 Cr)  
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry (6 Cr)  
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication (5 Cr)  
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication (5 Cr)  
CMST& 220 Public Speaking (5 Cr)  
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics (5 Cr)  
MATH 138 College Algebra for Business & Social Science (5 Cr)  
MATH& 141   Precalculus I (5 Cr)  
Electives 7
Grand Total  90

Certificate of Accomplishment Fire Officer

Brief Description

The Fire Officer certificate is designed for individuals who have completed an AA degree in Fire Science and are seeking a promotion in the fire service. The curriculum follows the IAFC Professional Development recommendations in higher education for a supervising fire officer.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Apply basic management principles and theories at Fire Officer I level
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills for Fire Officer I
  • Apply effective communication skills in emergency and non-emergency situations

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
FS 131 Fire Service Instructor 3
FS 140 Incident Safety Officer 2
FS 210 Incident Management Multi Company Operations 3
FS 215 Hazardous Materials Incident Management 3
FS 232 Human Resources Management 3
FS 233 Fire Service Administration 3
FS 261 Incident Management I 3
Total   20

Certificate of Achievement Fire Science

Brief Description

The Fire Science certificate is designed for people working in fire service and who want to enhance their level of knowledge in the fire sciences. This certificate assists in fulfilling Joint Apprenticeship Training Consortium (JATC) requirements for fire science core courses.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Apply effective communication skills in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Understand fire science core curriculum as outlined in Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education.
  • Utilize general education knowledge at Firefighter One level.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
FS 120 Fire Investigation 3
FS 137 Fire Protection 3
FS 152 Building Construction 3
FS 160 Fire Tactics & Strategy 3
FS 190 Fire Inspection & Codes 4
Choose 5-6 credits from of the following: 5-6
CHEM 100 Chemical Explorations (5 Cr)  
CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/ lab (6 Cr)  
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry (6 Cr)  
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication (5 Cr)  
CMST& 220 Public Speaking (5 Cr)  
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
MATH 138   College Algebra for Business & Social Science (5 Cr)  
MATH& 141 Precalculus I (5 Cr)  
electives 8-9
Total   45

Certificate of Completion Fire Investigation

Brief Description

The Fire Investigation certificate is for members of the Fire Service who have completed an AA degree in Fire Science, and is especially helpful for individuals working in the field of fire investigation or seeking to transfer into fire investigation. All courses follow NFPA 921 and 1033 guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Apply effective communication skills in emergency and non-emergency situations
  • Understand fire science core curriculum as outlined in Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education
  • Utilize general education knowledge at Firefighter One level

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
FS 130 Investigative Interview Techniques 3
FS 150 Intermediate Fire Scene Investigation 3
FS 240 Crime Scene & Physical Evidence 4
FS 260 Arson for Profit 3
Total   13

Certificate of Completion Fire Prevention Specialist

Brief Description

The Fire Prevention Specialist certificate is for p who have completed an AA degree in Fire Science and are employed in the fire service, and/or are employed in the private sector within the discipline of fire prevention.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Apply effective communication skills in emergency and nonemergency situations
  • Understand fire science core curriculum as outlined in Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education
  • Utilize general education knowledge at Firefighter One level

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.
FS 200 Plan Review for Fire Prevention 4
FS 291 Hazardous Materials Inspection 3
Total   7

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000