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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

FIRE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY  
Associate of Applied Science Degree AN, ELI


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.

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.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
FST 100 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FST 110 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
1MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I 3
PED 116 Life Fitness & Wellness 1
3_ Social Science Elective 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Fire Science 1
Total   17
2nd Semester
4ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
FST 112 Hazardous Materials Chemistry 3
FST 115 Fire Prevention 3
5FST 121 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
6ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts 3
3_ Social Science Elective 3
Total   18
3rd Semester
7CST ___ CST/FST Elective 3
FST 210 Legal Aspects of Fire Service 3
8FST 240 Fire Administration 3
9___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
10___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Total   16
4th Semester
FST 205 Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply 3
FST 215 Fire Protection Systems 3
FST 220 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FST 235 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics 3
FST 245 Fire and Risk Analysis 3
2PED/RPK Elective 1
Total   16
Total credits for the Fire Science Technology A.A.S.=67

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 advanced standing.

3 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. Fire Science students are encouraged to choose from psychology or sociology.

4 ENG 112, ENG 116, ENG 125, ENG 131, or ENG 205 may be substituted for ENG 115.

5 Students may substitute FST 120 for FST 121.

6 The computer class may be selected from ITE/ITN/ITD/ITP/CSC/GIS or HIM 130 – Healthcare Information Systems.

7 Students may choose from CST 100, CST 110 or FST 135.

8 Students may substitute FST 255 for FST 240.

9 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

10The Natural Science elective may be selected from BIO 101 or BIO 141 or CHM 101 or CHM 111 or CHM 121 or NAS 101 or NAS 150 or NAS 161 or PHY 101 or PHY 102 or PHY 201.