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Fire Science Technology A.A.S. Degree

This program meets the continuing education needs of professional and volunteer firefighters. It enables firefighters to perform their current duties more effectively and to prepare for greater levels of responsibility within the fire service system.

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Semester I


Students may satisfy this requirement with any HED or PED course.

Semester II


With advisor approval students may select a higher level mathematics sequence.


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

Semester III

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).


Recommended: EMT 101 or SCI-217

Contact Information

Contact Name: Donna Howell, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2592
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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.