Lake Superior State University

Fire Science

Program Description

The associate degree in fire science degree prepares you for entry-level positions with fire departments and some government agencies. You may also be eligible for Michigan Firefighter Certification through the Michigan Firefighters Training Council (MFFTC). Students in this program will have the opportunity to experience a “hands-on” approach by practicing with up-to-date equipment and experiencing live fire training in the burn training center located adjacent to campus. This degree is also compatible with the bachelor of science degrees in fire science and public safety.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • MATH110 (or higher) Explorations in Math 3

  • PHIL205 Logic 3
  • General Education Electives 6

Major Requirements (24 credits)

  • CJUS341 Fire Cause & Arson Investigation 3
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials 3
  • FIRE201 Fire Protection Construction Concepts 3
  • FIRE204 Fire Protection Hydraulics & Pumps 3
  • FIRE206 Fire Protection Systems Equipment and Industrial Fire Protection 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics & Strategy 3
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management 3

Support Courses (17 credits)

  • EMED190 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention I 4
  • EMED191 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention II 4
  • SOCY, PSYC or POLI Electives 9

Electives to total 62 credits (3 credits)

(FIRE197 and FIRE220 required for MFFTC certification)