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Fire Science Degrees and Certificates

The PPCC Fire Science program helps sharpen the skills of experienced fire professionals and provides introductory training requirements for those new to the field.  Whether you are a seasoned firefighter or a brand new recruit, PPCC offers degree and certificate programs to meet your needs.

Getting a Degree in Fire Science from PPCC

Pikes Peak Community College has provided educational opportunities over the last twenty five years for fire service professionals and students wanting to complete an associate degree in fire science technology. This program is designed to prepare individuals who have little or no experience with the firefighting profession for entry level positions in the fire service industry, including fire protection, emergency management, firefighting, and wildland firefighter knowledge; and also designed to allow experienced firefighters to receive awarded credits for knowledge gained through experience and training through the Fire Science Credit for Prior Learning Program, after which their learning can be expanded by successfully completing additional courses to complete the degree. We are also a collaborative partner with surrounding emergency agencies and colleges to continuously promote higher technical education, job performance and self-confidence in the students with the instruction of professional and qualified instructors with the most current practices

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees

AAS Degrees are meant to prepare students to be work ready at graduation. PPCC's Fire Science Department currently offers AAS degree in three emphasis areas:

  • Fire Science Technology
  • Fire Service Management
  • Fire Science Wildland

Associate of Applied Science - Fire Science Technology

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*Please consult with your faculty advisor for the proper sequence of classes.

Semester 1

(Course & Credit Hours)

ENG 121 English Composition I (3) 

FST 102 Principles of Emergency Services (3) 

FST 103 Fire Behavior and Combustion (3)

FST 105 Building Construction for Fire Protection (3) 

FST 107 Hazardous Materials Operations (Level I) (3) or any FST Elective (12 Credits needed)

Total 15 Credit Hours

Semester 2

(Course & Credit Hours)

ENG 122 English Composition II (3) 

FST 100 (Elective) Firefighter I (9)

FST 109 Occupational Safety & Health for Fire (3)

Total 15 Credit Hours

Semester 3

(Course & Credit Hours)

CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications (3) or CSC 105 Computer Literacy (3)

FST 106 Fire Prevention (3)

FST 201 Instructional Methodology (3)

FST 209 Fire Protection Systems (3) 

FST 259 Wildland Firefighting Strategy & Tactics (3) 

Total 15 Credit Hours 

Semester 4

(Course & Credit Hours)

POS 111 American Government I (3) or PSY 100 Psychology of the Workplace (3) 

MAT 107 Career Math (3) 

EMP 101 Introduction to Emergency Management (3)

FST 202 Strategy & Tactics (3)

FST 203 Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply (3) 
Total 15 Credit Hours 

 

Associate of Applied Science - Fire Service Management 

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*Please consult with your faculty advisor for the proper sequence of classes.

Semester 1

(Course & Credit Hours)

ENG 121 English Composition I (3) 

MAT 107 Career Math (3) 

FST 259 Wildland Firefighting Strategy and Tactics (3)

FST 109 Occupational Safety and Health for Fire (3)

FST 201 Instructional Methodology (3)

Total 15 Credit Hours

Semester 2

(Course & Credit Hours)

ENG 122 English Composition II (3) 

EMP 101 Principles of Emergency Management (3)

FST 205 Fire Investigation I (3)

Any FST Elective (3)

Any FST Elective (3)

Total 15 Credit Hours

Semester 3

(Course & Credit Hours)

CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications (3) or CSC 105 Computer Literacy (3)

FST 206 Fire Company Supervision and Leadership (3)

FST 257 Fire Department Administration (3)

Any FST Elective (3)

Any FST Elective (3)

Total 15 Credit Hours 

Semester 4

(Course & Credit Hours)

POS 111 American Government I (3) or PSY 100 Psychology of the Workplace (3)

FST 207 Firefighting Strategy & Tactics II (3)

FST 251 Legal Aspects of Fire Service (3) 

FST 255 Fire Service Management  (3)

FST 258 Wildland Fire Incident Management and Organization (3)
Total 15 Credit Hours 

 

Associate of Applied Science - Fire Science Wildland

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*Please consult with your faculty advisor for the proper sequence of classes.

Semester 1

(Course & Credit Hours)

ENG 121 English Composition I (3) 

FST 103 Fire Behavior and Combustion (3)

FSW 109 Occupational Safety & Health for FIre (3)

PSM 200 National Incident Management System/Interagency Operations (3)

FST or FSW Elective (3)

Total 15 Credit Hours

Semester 2

(Course & Credit Hours)

ENG 122 English Composition II (3) 

EMP 107 Career Math (3)

EMP 101 Principles of Emergency Management (3) 

FST 202 Strategy & Tactics (3)

FST or FSW Elective (3)

Total 15 Credit Hours

Semester 3

(Course & Credit Hours)

CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications (3) or CSC 105 Computer Literacy (3)

FST 259 Wildland Firefighting Strategy & Tactics (3)

 FST or FSW Elective (3) 

FST or FSW Elective (3)
FST or FSW Elective (3)

Total 15 Credit Hours 

Semester 4

(Course & Credit Hours)

POS 111 American Government I (3) or PSY 100 Psychology of Workplace Relationships (3)

FSW 153 (S290) Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (2)

FST 258 Wildland Fire Incident Management and Organization (3)

FST or FSW Elective (3)

FST or FSW Elective (3)
Total 15 Credit Hours 

 

Certificates

Basic Firefighter Certificate 

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*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

Semester 1

(Course & Credit Hours)

FST 102 Principles/Emergency Services (3)

FST 103 Fire Behavior and Combustion (3)

FST 107 Hazardous Materials Operations (Level I) (3)
FST 110 Job Placement and Assessment (3)

Semester 2

(Course & Credit Hours)

FST 100 Firefighter I (9)

FST 160 Candidate Physical Abilities Test Prep (3)

Total 24 Credit Hours 

 

Get started in Fire Science

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Long Term Schedule

The 2-year course offering schedule is intended to be used as a general planning tool. Course offerings may change. Contact an advisor for more information. Printable PDF

2-Year Course Offerings

AAS - Fire Service Management Printable Program Flier (PDF) AAS - Fire Science Technology Printable Program Flier (PDF) AAS - Fire Science Wildland Printable Program Flier (PDF)