Choose your fire specialty

Ready to take your firefighting career to the next level? Our Fire Science Technology Associate in Science Degree gives you a scientific understanding of fire hazards and how to control and prevent them and prepares you for the next step in your fire safety career.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

3,100

2026

3,510

Percent Change

14

Projected Job Openings

260

Fire Science Technology Associate in Science

FIRE-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2019 (565)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2019 (565), 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


Geoffrey Brown
Lead Instructor
727-241-4120


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.

Florida CIP Code

1743020112: Firefighting and Prevention

Federal CIP Code

43.0201: Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician.


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

1. A minimum grade of "C" in all Support and Major courses.
2. 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

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

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

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

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.

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.

SUPPORT COURSES
Technical Writing (Select 3 credits)

ENC 2210 Technical Writing 3
ENC 1102 Composition II 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 24 credits

FFP 1109 Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health 3
FFP 1111 Fire Chemistry 3
FFP 1505 Fire Prevention 3
FFP 1540 Private Fire Protection Systems I 3
* FFP 2120 Building Construction for the Fire Service 3
* FFP 2720 Company Officer 3
* FFP 2740 Fire Service Course Delivery 3
* FFP 2810 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy I 3

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

FFP 2510 Fire Codes and Standards 3
FFP 2521 Blueprint Reading and Plans Review 3
FFP 2541 Private Fire Protection Systems II 3
FFP 2610 Fire Cause and Origin Determination 3
FFP 2706 Fire Service Public Information Officer 3
FFP 2741 Fire Service Course Design 3
FFP 2811 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy II 3
FFP 1103 Florida Incident Safety Officer 3
FFP 1104 Legal Issues for Safety Officers 3

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

Total Credits 60

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Fire Officer Supervisor Certificate is part of and transfers to our Associate in Science degree in Fire Science Technology. The A.S. degree transfers to SPC's bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.

Firefighter In-Service Training

St. Petersburg College also offers in-service advanced training for fire professionals at the Fire and Public Safety Training Center and fire stations throughout Pinellas County.

Fire Science Technology A.S. Degree