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Fire Science


Core Courses

  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Fighter I
  • Principles of Emergency Services
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Hazardous Materials: Operations Level
  • Fire Fighter II Certification
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Emergency Safety and Survival
  • Fire Investigation I
  • Fire Inspector I
  • Fire Science Capstone
  • Electives — Choose from fire science electives to meet your career needs and interests.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 65
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates working as firefighters in city and county fire departments. With experience, some graduates have advanced their careers to become fire investigators, fire insurance inspectors, or fire protection specialists for city, county, state, and federal governments, private insurance or safety companies, and private fire protection companies.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Firefighters $25,700 $41,300 $49,100
Fire Inspectors and Investigators $46,700 $65,700 $75,200

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Cedar Rapids Fire Department Cedar Rapids, IA
Fort Dodge Fire Department Fort Dodge, IA
Mason City Fire Department Mason City, IA
Waterloo Fire Rescue Waterloo, IA

Admissions Requirements

This program is not currently accepting admissions applications.

For more information contact the Admissions office at 319-296-4000.

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist Laurie Plum Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1065 Health Education and Services Center 205
Program Director Greg Helmuth Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1401 Health Education and Services Center 223
Administrative Assistant Brenda Bartz Email me 319-296-4010 Health Education and Services Center 222
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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