Fire Science Associate's Degree

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Fire Science Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
  • Career Development
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • Fire Behavior and Combustion
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Principles of Emergency Service
  • Strategy and Tactics I
  • Strategy and Tactics II
  • Management I: Fire Department Leadership I
  • Management II: Fire Department Leadership II
  • Management III
  • Management IV
  • Fire Service Instructor I
  • Fire Service Instructor II

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: CGS1240
Credits: 3


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2


This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: FFP1243
Credits: 4


This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: FES1629
Credits: 4


This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: FES1983
Credits: 4


This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: FFP1487
Credits: 4


This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: FS125
Credits: 4


This course provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents, and will prepare supervisors who are responsible for commanding one to two companies at the emergency scene. This may include supervisors such as company officers or chief officers of small fire departments. Skills & lessons will include company officer leadership, safety, pre-fire planning, fire behavior, building construction, firefighting tactics, engine & truck company operations, RIT supervision, and numerous tactical & radio exercises.

Prerequisite or Co-Requisite:Principles of Emergency Services

Course ID: FFP1854
Credits: 4


This course will prepare supervisors who are responsible for commanding multiple companies at an emergency scene. Skills & lessons will include strategic concepts in firefighting, roles and responsibilities of command officers, the incident command system, multi-company operations, disasters, high-rise operations, dealing with critical incident stress, and many tactical & radio exercises.

Prerequisite:Tactics and Strategy I

Course ID: FFP2701
Credits: 4


This course is designed to provide the supervisor in charge of a single fire company or fire station with information and skills in supervisory practices and personnel management. Skills & lessons will include the role and function of the fire company officer, basic management principles and concepts, leadership, motivation, task management, discipline, and conflict resolution.

Prerequisite:Principles of Emergency Service

Course ID: FES2649
Credits: 4


This course is designed to provide the supervisor, who is in charge of a single fire company or fire station, with information and skills in personnel management. This course provides coverage in the areas of basics of all forms of communications, report writing, face-to-face communication, group dynamics, coaching and counseling skills, and job performance appraisals.

Prerequisite:Management I: Fire Department Leadership I

Course ID: FES2708
Credits: 4


This course will provide the supervisor, who may be in charge of multiple fire companies or fire stations, with information and skills in officer supervision and administrative functions. Skills & lessons will include: planning and decision-making, finance and budgeting, risk management, public relations and dealing with the media.

Prerequisite:Management II: Fire Department Leadership II

Course ID: FES2853
Credits: 4


This course will provide the supervisor, who may be in charge of multiple fire companies or fire stations, with information and skills in officer supervision and administrative functions. Skills & lessons will include: planning and decision-making, finance and budgeting, risk management, public relations and dealing with the media.

Prerequisite or Co-Requisite:Management III

Course ID: FES2987
Credits: 4


This course is for students seeking the knowledge and ability to teach from predominantly skills oriented prepared materials. Skills & lessons will include effective communication methods, concepts of learning, human relations in the teaching-learning environment, methods of teaching, organizing the learning environment, records and reports, testing and evaluation, instructors' roles and responsibilities, teaching techniques, and use of instructional materials.

Prerequisite or Co-Requisite:Principles of Emergency Services

Course ID: FFP2495
Credits: 4


This course will instruct students on how to place an emphasis on teaching formalized lessons from materials actually prepared by the instructor, including relating information from one lesson or class to the next. Skills & lessons will include writing performance objectives, developing lesson plans, preparing instructional materials, constructing evaluation devices, demonstrating selected teaching methods, completing training records and reports, and identifying reference resources.

Prerequisite:Fire Service Instructor I

Course ID: FFP2552
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

English Composition (Required course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: ENC1101
Credits: 4

Communication (Required course)

  • Oral Communication

This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: SPC2017
Credits: 4

Humanities and Fine Arts (Select 2 courses)

  • Humanities
  • Film Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Conversational Spanish

This course investigates human creative achievement. It is designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of cultural literacy and the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Representative disciplines may include art, music, literature, architecture, drama, and philosophy.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HUM2023
Credits: 4


Students will study different elements, forms, techniques and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry. Students will critique films and filmmakers through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G145
Credits: 4


Students will examine the historical, social, and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of art in this course. Using a global and thematic approach, students will be introduced to the basic elements of art, while learning about a full range of media used to make art, and the fundamental concepts of art criticism. Western and non-Western art is represented, with a strong emphasis on a global perspective in relation to culture, communication, politics, and economics.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: ART1204
Credits: 4


A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements. Logical analysis is applied to concrete problems dealing with our knowledge of reality.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: PHI2103
Credits: 4


This course offers an introduction to the most common literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. Students will study the basic elements of each genre, learn how to compare genres, become familiar with sample texts that illustrate the particularities of each genre, and practice the skills of analyzing and writing about literary texts. Reading and analysis of texts will include a variety of literary forms and periods. Students will engage in approaches to determine literary meaning, form, and value.

Prerequisite:none [English Composition recommended]

Course ID: G230
Credits: 4


This course focuses on common words and phrases students need to develop a working vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals in their personal and professional lives. Although oral communication is stressed, included is an overview of Spanish grammar, phonetic pronunciation and Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G238
Credits: 4

Math (Select 1 course)

  • Quantitative Literacy
  • General Education Mathematics
  • College Statistics

In this course students will explore the importance of numbers and numeracy. They will also get the opportunity to analyze and solve real world problems from the fields of business, finance, and the natural sciences. Students will incorporate their prior math knowledge and develop new mathematical tools throughout the course. This will include: propositional logic, set theory, geometry, probability, statistics, linear modeling, and exponential modeling.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MGF1100
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to topics from modern mathematics that are relevant to everyday life and not typically covered in the standard college math sequence. Students will be exposed to a variety of mathematical tools from diverse branches of mathematics. They will utilize these tools to solve interesting real-world problems. Topics may include, but are not limited to, game theory, graph theory, the mathematics of growth, applications of geometry, probability, and statistics.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MAT1402
Credits: 4


In this course students will develop basic statistical literacy along with the ability to analyze and evaluate real-life problems using statistical methods. Students will learn to organize and present quantitative data by means of graphical and numerical methods. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability theory, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and simple linear regression.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MAT1727
Credits: 5

Natural Sciences (Required courses)

  • Human Biology
  • Human Biology Lab

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the human body with added applications of health and disease. Students will learn basic concepts of biochemistry, cells, body systems, and genetics. Students will examine the impact of human growth and development on society, the environment, and the promotion of the advancement of biotechnology

Co-requisite:Human Biology Lab

Course ID: BSC1548
Credits: 4


This lab course is intended to be a co-requisite with the Human Biology class. The laboratory course applies a practical approach to understanding the structural and functional aspects of the human body. Students will learn the basic concepts of biochemistry, cells, body systems, and genetics as they relate to human growth and development and human impact on the environment.

Co-requisite:Human Biology

Course ID: BSC1548L
Credits: 2

Social and Behavioral Sciences (Required courses)

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • General Psychology

This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: SYG1000
Credits: 4


This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: PSY1012
Credits: 4

Foundation Courses

  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Combined Basic and Intermediate Algebra

This course develops students' reading and writing skills in preparation for college-level coursework. Through review of grammar, punctuation, and the writing process, students will enhance their ability to compose sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. The study of active reading strategies will provide students with the tools necessary for comprehending collegiate level texts.

Prerequisite:Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B080
Credits: 4


\"This course is designed to be a combination of basic and intermediate algebra. Students must earn a grade of \"\"C\"\" or better in order to progress to general education-level mathematics courses.\"

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Geometry or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B095
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 34-35

Major and Core Credits: 57

Total AAS Degree Credits: 91-92*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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