Certificate 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 students 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 fire fighters, 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.

Your Certificate Courses

Fire Science offers a certificate requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and is subject to change.
Certificate Courses

  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fire Service Building Construction
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Service Hydraulics
  • Fire Science electives
  • Chemistry for Emergency Responders
  • English Composition
  • College Algebra
  • Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

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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 Certificate Completion Time


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.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

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