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Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) - AAS

Associate of Applied Science

Learn firefighting skills, prepare for the day-to-day demands of the profession and learn to cope with challenges in the field.  This degree prepares students to move toward managerial and command positions. 

Program/Major Codes: AASFIRESCIEN/FSC

What can I do with this degree?

Career options: Seek employment or increase promotional opportunities in the fire service.

Academic options: While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Before enrolling in this program you must fulfill the following requirements.

Students must provide documented certification from the State of Arizona or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians stating they have obtained their EMT-Basic credential.

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. *

Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement 6
Humanities and Social Science Requirement
Subtotal 9

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
FSC 101 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FSC 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FSC 123 Building Construction Related to the Fire Service 3
FSC 124 Fire Prevention 3
FSC 126 Fire Protection Systems in the Fire Service 3
FSC 127 Principles of Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
Subtotal 18

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
STU/MGT 230 Dynamics of Leadership 3
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
CSA 100 Computer Literacy 1
Subtotal 10


Core Concentrations

Complete courses from one of the following concentrations:

Course # Course Title Credits
Fire and Emergency Service Higher Education (FESHE): (Concentration Code: FSCF)
FSC 125 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
FSC 174 Fire Investigation I  3
FSC 230 Fire Investigation II  3
FSC 249 Occupational Health and Safety for Emergency Services
FSC 250 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Administration 3
FSC 251 Hazardous Materials Chemistry 3
FSC 252 Fire Service Strategy and Tactics 3
FSC 253 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 3
Concentration Subtotal 24
Vocational Academy (Concentration Code: FSVC)
Complete 27 Credits from any of the Fire Science courses listed below or the FESHE courses listed above:
FSC 110 Rope I 1
FSC 111 Rope II 1
FSC 112 Rope III 1

FSC 116

Confined Space I for First Responders 1
FSC 117 Confined Space II for First Responders 1
FSC 118 Swift Water Rescue for First Responders 1
FSC 121 Trench Rescue for First Responders 1
FSC 122 Structural Collapse Rescue for First Responders 1
FSC 130 Strength and Fitness for Fire Science 2.5
FSC 149 Fire Operations I 4
FSC 150 Fire Operations II 4
FSC 153 Hazardous Materials 1.5
FSC 154 Advanced Fire Prevention 3
FSC 160 Wildland Firefighting 3
FSC 163 Fire Apparatus and Equipment 3
FSC 168 Special Hazard Tactical Problems 3

FSC 170
       FSC 170A
and FSC 170B
and FSC 170C

Fire Science Leadership

    Fire Science Leadership I
    Fire Science Leadership II
    Fire Science Leadership III


FSC 173 Records and Reports 1
FSC 180 Driver Training for Fire Science 3
FSC 189 Current Issues in Fire Science 2
FSC 260 Fire and Emergency Services Instructor I 2
FSC 261 Fire and Emergency Services Instructor II 2
FSC 270 Leadership I for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 271 Leadership II for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 272 Leadership III for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 273
Leadership IV for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 274
Leadership V for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 275
Leadership VI for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 280 Fire Chief Preparation 4




* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication – WRT 101 and WRT 102;  Humanities and Social Science - STU/MGT 230 fulfills 3 credits in the Leadership/Ethics category; Computer & Information Literacy - FSC 189; C/G requirement: STU 230.