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Associate of Applied Science Degree: Fire Science Technology

Effective Spring 2014

Degree: Associate of Applied Science

Major: Fire Science Technology

Offered by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) at Rappahannock Community College (RCC)

RCC and NOVA jointly offer the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology through the Shared Services Distance Learning program. Students may complete general education courses at RCC. FST courses are offered through NOVA. Students will work closely with both RCC and NOVA advisors. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree from NOVA, and will have the opportunity to participate in RCC commencement. Students interested in the FST program should contact to begin the application process.


The Fire Science Technology program is designed to prepare individuals for entry or advancement in the field of fire science and related services by presenting them with knowledge of the fire protection profession, as well as providing them with the general education necessary to perform and advance in one of these professions.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying to the FST program must apply for entry to both Rappahannock Community College and Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English and mathematics. Students whose placement test scores indicate a need for further preparation, will be placed in the appropriate developmental courses in English and mathematics. Although developmental course credits do not apply toward the degree, these courses prepare students for collegiate level work. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

AAS FST First Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
FST 100 Principles of Emergency Services 3 0 3
FST 110 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3 0 3
PED 116 Life Fitness & Wellness 1 0 1
MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I1 3 0 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Fire Science 1 0 1
  Approved Transfer Social Science3 3 0 3
  Semester Total 17 0 17
AAS FST Second Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENG 115 Technical Writing4 3 0 3
FST 112 Hazardous Materials Chemistry 3 0 3
FST 115 Fire Prevention 3 0 3
FST 121 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival5 3 0 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts6 3 0 3
  Approved Transfer Social Science3 3 0 3
  Semester Total 18 0 18
AAS FST Third Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
CST CST/FST Elective7 3 0 3
FST 210 Legal Aspects of Fire Service 3 0 3
FST 240 Fire Administration8 3 0 3
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective9  3 0 3
  Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab10 4 0 4
  Semester Total 14 2 16
AAS FST Fourth Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
FST 205 Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply 3 0 3
FST 215  Fire Protection Systems 3 0 3
FST 220  Building Construction for Fire Protection 3 0 3
FST 235 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics 3 0 3
FST 245  Fire and Risk Analysis 3 0 3
  PED/RPK Elective2 1 0 1
  Semester Total 16 0 16

Total Minimum Credits: 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.

This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on July 3, 2014. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.

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