Arts, Science & University Transfer

Fire Science Technology Transfer - Associate in Science

Current firefighters who are interested in furthering their career in fire science may enroll in the Associate in Science - Fire Science Technology transfer program. Through an agreement with Coastal Carolina University (CCU), students can transfer to CCU's Interdisciplinary Studies baccalaureate program or other university programs.  Students who have earned the Associate in Science - Fire Science Technology degree may waive CCU's General Education Core requirements.  Students may also transfer to other senior institutions.

The Fire Science Technology (FST) 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. 


For more information:

Scott Cyganiewicz  (843) 477-2092

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Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit 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 or or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

Career Outlook

The A.S. in Fire Science Technology degree enables firefighters to transfer to a baccalaureate program to continue their  educational experience to better meet the challenges of preventing fires and reducing the loss of life and property in today's rapidly changing emergency-services delivery system. Graduates may enrich their firefighting skills by studying mathematics and natural science, along with advanced fire-science technology courses, in preparation for transfer to a senior institution. 

Curriculum Sequence

General Education
English Composition & Speech
ENG 101
ENG 102
SPC 205
English Composition I
English Composition II
Public Speaking
Humanities/Fine Arts &
Social/Behavioral Sciences (must have 3 hours in each with a total of 12 hours)
Mathematics/Natural Sciences   8
Courses for Major  
Fifteen semester hours in mathematics and/or natural sciences selected by the student with advisor guidance.   15
Other   3
FST 106 Building Construction for Fire Protection  
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
*University Transfer Electives   3



 *Courses selected from the list of University Transfer courses listed in the HGTC catalog or College website.  
FST courses are taught by International Fire Safety Accreditation Council certified instructors.