Associate Degree in Fire Science

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About This Program

The Fire Science program is designed to provide both pre-service and in-service students with sound technical and academic experiences, enabling them to assume positions of responsibility as members of fire departments or as technical and supervisory employees of industrial firms and insurance companies. The program focuses on developing skills in comprehensive approaches to fire protection that utilize cost-effective proactive, reactive and management methods. The ultimate goal is to help the student develop the appropriate skills and knowledge for professional fire protection. In addition to the Associate of Applied Science degree, a one-year, 30-credit certificate option is available.

Practical technical instruction is designed to meet fire and life safety needs; responsibilities and obligation of fire protection in engineering, building design, plant protection; fire investigation; and all other fields where a hazard may be involved. Graduates of the program have been employed as municipal and industrial firefighters, EMTs, safety technicians, fire insurance inspectors, wildland firefighters, inspection bureau representatives and state fire inspectors, many of whom have earned their degree while employed in their area of specialty.

SMCC Fire Science curriculum follows the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Higher Education (FESHE) collaborative recommendations as far as practicable. Course objectives are based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Professional Qualification Standards and other occupational standards and recommended practices. Course credit is granted for prior learning, work experience and earned state and national certifications.

For more detailed information regarding the Fire Science program, including how to prepare for applying, please visit the MySMCC Fire Science page.

Your Degree Courses

Fire Science offers an Associate of Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Fire Protection
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fire Service Building Construction
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Service Hydraulics
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Fire Service Leadership
  • Fire Ground Operations
  • Fire Administration
  • Fire Science electives
  • Chemistry for Emergency Responders
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • College Algebra
  • Physics with Lab
  • Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Analyze and apply proactive fire prevention and control methods for safe and cost-effective fire protection.
  • Analyze and apply reactive fire and emergency scene operations for safe and cost-effective fire protection.
  • Examine and appraise principles of supervision and management necessary for effective leadership and administration in fire/rescue service.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Fire Science Certificate

Fire Science offers a certificate requiring a mix of requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. For more information, visit our Fire Science Certificate webpage.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

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92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

Transfer Agreements for Fire Science

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University of Maine Augusta

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Technical Management, BS

Southern New Hampshire University

SMCC Degree Program: Fire Science

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