The Fire Science Program prepares graduates to function as entry-level fire service personnel and emergency service providers and provides a pathway to professional advancement within the fire department for career personnel currently employed as fire fighters. The curriculum is a partnership between Prince George’s Community College, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, and the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI). Students will complete 18 credits of required state/nationally mandated Fire/EMS Department Career Recruit School courses, which are taught by MFRI at various locations within the state of Maryland and are restricted to employees and volunteers of the Fire/EMS Department. Credits for the MFRI courses will be transferred into the college based upon the recommendation of the American Council of Education (ACE) as published in the current edition of the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.
Graduates of the Fire Science A.A.S. will be able to:
Effectively perform basic firefighting operations and hazardous materials first response as part of a firefighting team
Effectively perform emergency medical care in a pre-hospital environment at the basic life support level
Apply knowledge about the classification system of buildings which affects emergency operations
Demonstrate sensible and safe emergency vehicle driving procedures and collision avoidance in the operation of fire and rescue service apparatus and truck company operations
Demonstrate skills needed to become a journeyman firefighter
Explain the fundamentals of arson investigation and the documentation, collection, and preservation of physical evidence as it relates to fire scenes
Apply the scientific method and basic principles of the biological and physical sciences in the analysis of evidence and to legal concepts and cases
General Education Courses
The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List. Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.
Five credits of electives, three of which must be at the 2000 level (any course except for PED-1000 or PED-1030)
Sequence of Study - Fire Science A.A.S.
Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.
(Credits articulated from the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and must be completed before graduation; see above)
Double asterisk (**) denotes a course that is an institutional requirement.
Triple asterisk (***) denotes a course that satisfies the culminating experience requirement for A.A.S. programs.
Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:
Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.