Natural Sciences

Fire Science Technology A.A.S. Degree

The Fire Science Technology  program at MCC provides the student the opportunity for in-depth study and critical thinking of fire suppression topics. It prepares the student for excellence in the fire service whether as a volunteer, industrial or career firefighter.  At the same time it establishes a solid foundation for the student to achieve increased levels of responsibility and leadership in the fire service of tomorrow.

Semester I


Select one course from MAT-101, MAT-102 or MAT-123.

Semester II

Semester III


Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

Semester IV



Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).



Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

Total Credits: 60

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Identify minimum qualifications for operations in the Fire Service Identify minimum qualifications and entry level skills for firefighter hiring and rescue company operations in the Fire Service.
  • Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and firefighter safety.
  • Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, and standards that influence fire department operations, and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and ordinances, and firefighter health and safety.
  • Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  • Differentiate between fire detection and fire suppression systems.
  • Identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Donna Howell, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2592
Contact Email: 
Department Web:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students who major in Fire Science Technology transfer to a four-year college or university?

Articulation agreements with public and private institutions offer students who earn the A.A.S. degree the opportunity to transfer all of their coursework to the four-year institution. Students in specialized programs, or who earn an A.A.S. degree should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

What will students learn in Fire Science Technology?

Students develop skills and knowledge in protection systems, hydraulics, hazardous materials, building construction and codes, departmental organization, investigation, fire ground strategy and tactics, and fire prevention and inspection.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory chemistry.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Fire Science courses are offered exclusively in the evening. Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.