The Fire Science Program reflects the assessed needs of the community for careers in fire service and fire service management. The curricula are designed to prepare students for initial career preparation, career development, and for foundations leading to university transfer credit. The student must pass the English and reading portion of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or Accuplacer to be eligible for enrollment in the basic firefighter certification courses: FIRS 1301, 1319, 1429, 1407, 1413, 1423, and 1433. (See descriptions below.) Fire science degrees and certificates are part of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) certification process. Students may receive academic credit for successful completion of TCFP-approved basic firefighter certification courses.
- FIRS 1301 Firefighter Certification I, 3 semester hours.
- FIRS 1319 Firefighter Certification IV, 3 semester hours.
- FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1413 Firefighter Certification III, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1423 Firefighter Certification V, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1429 Firefighter Certification VI, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1433 Firefighter Certification VII, 4 semester hours.
FIRS courses go towards the Basic Firefighter Certificate. The FIRT courses are taken subsequently.
To receive academic credit for these course, the student must be enrolled in the AAS Degree Program in Fire Science and successfully complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in fire technology courses.
Related Degrees and Certificates:
Firefighter / Basic, Level I Certificate
Associate of Applied Science Degree Plan
Degree Requirements (Total Credit Hours 71)