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Degree Plans - Fire Protection Technology - Fire Science Certificate (Archived)

This degree plan includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2010.
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(Level I Certificate)

El Centro only

CVC-Closed January 1, 2011.

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.FIRE.SCIENCE

The Fire Science Certificate prepares the student to function with the necessary ancillary knowledge to advance into supervisory and/or management level positions. The program is designed for students employed or those who desire employment in the fire service. All credits earned in this program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Fire Protection Technology.



FIRT 1301 Fundamentals of Fire Protection 3
FIRT 1338 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIRT 1327 Building Construction in the Fire Service 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
+MATH course 3-4


FIRT 1303 Fire and Arson Investigation I 3
FIRT 1333 Fire Chemistry I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
BCIS 1405 Business Computer Applications OR 4
++COSC course (3-4)


FIRT 1319 Firefighter Health and Safety 3
FIRT 2309 Firefighting Strategies and Tactics I 3
FIRT 2380 Cooperative Education-Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician 3
PHIL 2306 Ethics 3
Minimum Hours Required 39-41

+MATH Course - students must select a Mathematics course from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Mathematics.

++++COSC Course - any 3-4 credit hour COSC course.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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