About the Fire Science AAS

Fire service personnel perform the critical work of saving lives and protecting property. This work can be 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.

MCC's Fire Science Program provides opportunities for a range of students and working professionals in this field:

  • 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 and academic advisors.

NOTE: We strongly recommended that you meet with the department chair prior to enrolling.

info sessionsApprenticeship Program Presentation

July 12 at 7 p.m. in E203.

High School students interested in our Fire Science Program are welcome. For more information and to save a seat contact
Kevin Rynders or Wes Crain.

Total Cost of Fire Science AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $10,502.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 61

Weeks to Complete: 93

Fire Science Degree and Certificate Requirements

What makes MCC's Fire Science AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

In addition to the Fire Science AAS, we offer:

What you need to know about getting your Fire Science AAS (CIP 43.0203 )

Total Fire Science AAS Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $6,710.00 $23,068.00 $28,666.00 $28,666.00
Additional Fire Science AAS Costs $3,792.00 $3,792.00 $3,792.00 $3,792.00
Program Total $10,502.00 $26,860.00 $32,458.00 $32,458.00


What job opportunities are available to someone with a Fire Science AAS?

  • Entry-level fire service positions
Occupations that Fire Science AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Fire Inspectors and Investigators 33-2021
Firefighters 33-2011
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists 33-2022

How will MCC's Fire Science AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

Network as you learn through field experience (internships).

By the Numbers:

  • Salary Ranges
    • Firefighter $31,180 to $58,440
    • Firefighter/EMT $32,180 to $59,440
    • Firefighter/Paramedic $33,180 to $60,440
  • Job Outlook: Employment of firefighters is expected to grow by 19% between 2008 and 2018. This is faster than the average for most occupations. Most job growth will stem from retirements and volunteer firefighter positions being converted to paid positions.

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • Graduates have gone on to careers on local and nationwide fire departments, obtaining the rank of firefighter all the way up to Fire Chief.

Outside of the Classroom

Prairie Burn

McHenry County College Fire Science and Biology students are working with the McHenry County Conservation District to get hands-on training with collaborative prairie restoration efforts.

MCC featured in SEED: Sustainability Education & Economic Development

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