ASAST in Fire Protection Science

The Associate in Science in Applied Science and Technology (ASAST) degree in Fire Protection Science is designed for professional and volunteer firefighters and individuals employed in fire protection, prevention, and arson investigation. The program enables mid-career adults meet their educational and professional needs through credit transfer and course completion, positing graduates to transition to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree program.  The degree is a 60-credit program.

ASAST in Fire Protection Science Credit Distribution

Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 30
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College Algebra (MAT-121) or above
  • Higher Level Mathematics above College Algebra
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 11
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II
C. General Education Electives 4
II. Area of Study: Fire Protection 24
A. Building Construction/Codes 3
  • Structures or Structural Design
B. Hazardous Materials 3
  • Chemistry or Hazardous Materials
C. Fire Protection/Fire Prevention 3
D. Fire Investigation 3
E. Fire Fighting Tactics 3
F. Fire Department Organization and Administration 3
G. Fire Protection Services Electives
  • Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics or Fire Protection Hydraulics
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Hazards and Causes
  • Industrial Frie Hazards
  • Transportation and Industrial Fire Hazards
  • Fire Investigation and Legal Problems
  • Fire Extinguishing and Alarm Systems
  • Fire Protection Inspector or Subcode Official
  • Fire Insurance
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act
H. Associate Capstone (APS-295) 3
III. Free Electives 6
Total 60

  • Required Courses: Building Construction, Hazardous Materials, Fire Investigation, Fire Fighting Tactics, Fire Department Organization and Administration, Fire Protection/Fire Prevention
  • Corollary Requirements: College Algebra, Chemistry I and II, Computer Concepts
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Option: Almost all of the courses required for the option are available by independent study and distance education courses from other universities

Note: Courses listed in the Area of Study are offered as a guide. Other courses may also be considered appropriate for the program. The inclusion of similar courses must be reviewed by the Evaluation team. Students must submit their program plan for review to ensure that course selection is appropriate for the degree.


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