Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Fire Science, A.A.S.

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Fire Science

For more information, contact the Health Sciences division at 615-230-3330.

The degree is designed to address the educational needs of Tennesseans who desire to enter or advance their career within the field of fire science.  The program offers both flexibility for those with prior experience and training while providing a clear path for those who are new to the field of study.  It was designed to incorporate the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) core courses and, therefore, meets current, accepted standards of practice within the field of study.

The Fire Science Technical Certificate and the Emergency Medical Technician Technical Certificate are embedded within the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science.  Courses in these certificates may be used to award this degree.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

Program​ Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Demonstrate professionalism, ethics, and the ability to interact with others during academic studies and identify how the skills may be transferred to fire science occupations.
  2. Apply foundational fire science knowledge to “real world” scenarios and describe how the knowledge and skills can be applied to fire science related occupations.
  3. Identify “real world” scenarios in preparation for advancement in fire science related occupations through the application of prevention, response, and risk management knowledge and skills.
  4. Demonstrate professional communication skills in the academic setting and identify how the skills can be transferred to fire science occupations.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply problem-solving techniques or methods in a variety of settings to make informed decisions.

CIP Code: (27) 43.0203.00     SOC CODE 33.2011

General Education Requirements - Credits (15-16)

Major Core Course Requirements - Credits (45)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60-61)

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

Degree Works, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the Degree Works audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15-16)

  • Mathematics  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3-4)
  • OR Natural Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3-4)

  • Credits: (3)
  • Fire Science Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)
  • Fire Science Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)
  • Fire Science Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)