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

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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.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit www.sctrac.org for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit http://www.hgtc.edu/academics/university_transfer.html or www.sctrac.org or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM:

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 by being employed or a volunteer with local fire departments or rescue agencies.

 

Curriculum Sequence

GENERAL EDUCATION   24 CREDIT HOURS 
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics* 3
or    
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra*  
or    
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra  
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
or    
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications  
  Social Science 3
  Humanities 3
  Electives 6
Primary Specialty    28 CREDIT HOURS
FST 101 Emergency Response for Firefighters** 2
FST 102 Firefighter I - Basic** 3
FST 103 Firefighter I - Advanced** 5
FST 104 Firefighter II** 3
FST 106 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FST 108 Fire Protection Systems 3
FST 203 Fire Prevention 3
FST 204 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FST 208 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
Secondary Specialty   12 CREDIT HOURS
     
Courses may be selected from Business, EMT or other appropriate disciplines with advisor approval.
*Students continuing toward a bachelor's degree: ENG 101, ENG 102 and SPC 205 are recommended in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 is recommended in place of the MAT courses. Consult your academic advisor for assistance.
**Course credit awarded for Experiential Learning with appropriate documentation from SC Fire Academy.