Public Service Technology

Fire Science Technology - Associate in Applied Science

Current firefighters who are interested in furthering their career in fire science may enroll in the Associate in Applied Science, General Technology, Fire Science specialty.  This degree program is for students who do not plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program, who prefer the applied General Education courses, and who have interest in a secondary technical specialty. 

The Fire Science Technology (FST) degree program is available to current firefighters who have completed fire-science training through Firefighter II level at the SC Fire Academy or other approved National Fire Academy program.  Official transcripts from the granting institution must be submitted after the applicant has applied for admission to HGTC.  Students who have not completed Fire Academy training are eligible to take only General Education courses until training has been completed and transcripts submitted.  Once the transcript is approved, the student will be given experiential credit for FST 101, 1o2, 103, and 104. 

Note:  Fire Science Exemption Credit is given for approved National Fire Academy training based on recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE) and awarded per the SC Technical College System guidelines.  National Fire Academy training can be obtained only be being employed or a volunteer with local fire departments or rescue agencies. 


For more information contact:

Scott Cyganiewicz (843) 477-2092

Credit Requirements: 64 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

The A.A.S in Fire Science degree enables firefighters to broaden their educational experience to meet the challenges of preventing fires and reducing the loss of life and property in today's rapidly changing emergency-services delivery system.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.