Purpose: The overall goal of the program is to prepare individuals for entry or advancement in the fire service or a related field by providing them with knowledge of the fire protection profession and giving them the general education necessary to function and advance in one of these professions.
Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor or counselor for further information.
Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.
1 Students may substitute a higher-level math. Consult an academic advisor to make the appropriate selection.
2 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course. Active duty firefighters can substitute other credits to meet the PED requirement based on Credit for Prior Learning Manual.
3 See social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. Fire Science students are encouraged to choose from psychology or sociology.
4 May be substitute ENG 112, ENG 116, ENG 125, ENG 131, or ENG 205.
5 May substitute FST 120 for FST 121.
6 May also select from CSC, GIS, ITE, ITN, ITD, ITP courses, or HIM 130.
7 May choose from CST 100, CST 110 or FST 135.
8 May substitute FST 255 for FST 240.
9 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.
10 Select from BIO 101, BIO 141, CHM 101, CHM 111, CHM 121, NAS 101, NAS 150, NAS 161, PHY 101, PHY 102, or PHY 201.