Two Fire Science students putting out a fire during a drill

Fire Science Technology

Why PCC?

Each of our instructional staff have at least 10 years of experience in the fire service and have specialized real-world expertise in the topics they teach.
In addition to the Associate of Applied Science degree, PCC offers two certificate programs – one in structural firefighting and one in Wildland firefighting:

Certificate options – Structural Firefighting:
Basic Fire Science 
Basic Firefighter – Structural (fire academy)
Firefighter I 
Fire Officer I  
Fire Prevention and Public Education 
Fire Investigator I 
Vehicle Extrication

Certificate options – Wildland Firefighting:
Wildland Firefighter
Basic Wildland Firefighter (Red Card)

What will I learn?

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Fire Science Technology is designed to meet the needs of fire protection and safety personnel. The program will prepare you for a career in fire science or a related field. Courses are offered through traditional classroom instruction, independent study and hands-on training in conjunction with local fire departments.

 

Marijuana Policy

THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.

Already a Firefighter?

Consider our online courses to an AAS degree. Your experience counts!

If you have completed the following training — certified by a State or Federal agency, or by an accredited institution of higher education — the following certificates and or credits can be applied toward an AAS Fire Science Technology at no cost to you.

  • EMT = 12 credits (satisfying the 12 credit requirement for Technical Electives)
  • Firefighter I = 9 credits
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations = 3 credits

It is very common for career firefighters to have all 3 of these certifications. If this is true for you, you may earn 24 credits of a 60 credit degree upon applying to PCC. These classes are automatic transfers and are no cost to the student.

There are other life experiences that could qualify for credit; however, there may be a fee for doing a prior learning assessment (PLA) to determine whether or not they apply. There is also an additional fee per credit if the PLA is accepted. If you have taken required core classes (English, math, etc.) at other colleges/universities, those could also transfer to PCC (transcripts will be needed). You must complete 15 credits through PCC to get the AAS degree here; if you qualify, the the rest could be PLA credits.

PCC will be offering the Firefighter I and HazMat Awareness/Operations courses in hybrid format (classroom portion online then a two week hands-on course at the Pueblo campus). All the other courses will be offered online.

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Fire Science Technology

Program Information

Location
Pueblo Campus, Online
Pathway
Public Safety & Fire Science
Awards
Certificate, Mini-Certificate, AAS
Course Availability
Day, Online, Hybrid
Program Start
Fall, Spring
Program Length
4 Semesters

Contact

Bonnie Housh
719-549-3198
Bonnie.Housh@pueblocc.edu