Fire Science AAS
Fire service personnel perform the critical work of saving
lives and protecting property. This work is often thought
of as exciting and rewarding, but it is carried out in difficult
and often life-threatening conditions and requires
highly trained, physically fit professionals. It also requires an
increasing level of technical knowledge, including principles
of building construction and design, chemicals and codes,
and modern methods of extinguishing a fire.
The Fire Science Program at MCC provides opportunities
for a range of students and working professionals in this
- Students preparing for a career in fire suppression
develop the skills and knowledge for an entry level
position. The program includes a balance of
classroom sessions and practical hands-on training.
- Career and volunteer firefighters increase their
knowledge, upgrade their job skills and enhance their
personal growth. The program also offers instruction
in fire service management and operations.
- Students and professionals in related fields—e.g., fire
protection engineering, insurance investigations and
inspection services, and fire service instruction/training—
expand their knowledge base through this program.
Students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree may take
advantage of transfer opportunities with Southern Illinois
University Carbondale and Western Illinois University. Since
these baccalaureate programs have specific course and
admission requirements, it is important for interested students
to work with the department chair of Public Services
and academic advisors.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students interested
in this program meet with the department chair of Public
Services prior to enrolling.
What you need to know about getting your Fire Science AAS (CIP 430203)
Additional Fire Science AAS Costs
|Books and supplies
Total Fire Science AAS Costs
|Additional Fire Science AAS Costs
Fire Science AAS Completion Data
|Completers in fiscal year 2013
|Proportion Completing in Normal Time
Median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program
|Type of Loan
|Title IV Loans
Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).
Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of FY12 completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.
Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.
Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.
See additional information about international student costs.