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Fire Science Technology A.S. Degree

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    Associate in Science

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    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Brian Frank, Dean, AC, (727) 341-4503
    Charles Crowther, Program Chair, 727-341-4507

    Program Summary

    The goal of this program is to prepare students with a scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control with emphasis on effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies. General education courses are included to prepare the graduate to communicate and work effectively with all levels of society. Completion of the following courses will qualify students to earn the Fire Officer Supervisor Certificate (FOSU-CT): FFP 2120, FFP 2720, FFP 2740, FFP 2810.

    The general college admission policy applies to all students entering the Fire Science Technology program.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


    Admission Rules

    1. Complete SPC application.
    2. Take SPC placement test.
    3. Attend an advising session with the Lead Instructor, SEPSI Advisor or Dean.

    Graduation Rules

    Students must complete an End-of-Program Assessment Examination

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Technical Writing (Select 3 credits)

    ENC 2210Technical Writing3
    ENC 1102Composition II3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 24 credits

    FFP 1109Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health3
    FFP 1111Fire Chemistry3
    FFP 1505Fire Prevention3
    FFP 1540Private Fire Protection Systems I3
    *FFP 2120Building Construction for the Fire Service3
    *FFP 2720Company Officer3
    *FFP 2740Fire Service Course Delivery3
    *FFP 2810Firefighting Tactics and Strategy I3

    MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
    Select 15 credits from below or complete any course with DSC or FFP prefix.

    FFP 2510Fire Codes and Standards3
    FFP 2521Blueprint Reading and Plans Review3
    FFP 2541Private Fire Protection Systems II3
    FFP 2610Fire Cause and Origin Determination3
    FFP 2706Fire Service Public Information Officer3
    FFP 2741Fire Service Course Design3
    FFP 2811Firefighting Tactics and Strategy II3
    FFP 1103Florida Incident Safety Officer3
    FFP 1104Legal Issues for Safety Officers3

    * Course applies towards completion of Fire Officer Supervisor Certificate (FOSU-CT).

    Total Credits60