No. of Credits: 60
Contact: P. Allen, Chair, Social Sciences, Human Services, and Teacher Education Division
Firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations where life, property, or the environment are at risk. The fire science technology program prepares graduates to function as entry-level, fire service personnel and provides the degree associated with advancement within the fire service for career personnel currently employed as firefighters. Employment opportunities include positions as firefighters, fire officers, fire prevention officers, code enforcement officers, fire rangers, and crash and rescue technicians.
This program is a partnership between the College of Southern Maryland, which provides the general education courses, and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI), which provides the technical courses at sites in Southern Maryland. Credits for MFRI courses will be transferred into the college based upon the recommendation of the American Council on Education as published in the current edition of the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is coordinating the development of a Model for Training and Education by the United States Fire Administration (USFA). With model lower-level (associate) curriculum outlines developed and established upper-level (baccalaureate) courses available, the major components are in place to move toward a National System for Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education. CSM curriculum will be revised to meet the approved curriculum standards.
A major objective of practicum experience is to apply classroom theory to the work environment. Students involved in work activities that support their curriculum may request their work experience be evaluated to ensure required practicum objectives and competencies are met.
The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.
fire fighters, fire officers, fire prevention officers, code enforcement officers, fire rangers, crash and rescue technicians
This program of study is part of an articulation agreement with University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Students successfully meeting the requirements of this associate’s program can transfer the necessary credits to UMUC and complete their Bachelor of Science in Fire Science through courses offered in Southern Maryland and online. Contact an advisor for recommended course selection.