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Fire Protection and Safety Program

Associate in Science -  Criminal Justice and Public Safety Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Principles of Sociology SOC101 satisfies Area 2 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry and Lab CHM120 satisfies Area 5 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT097 or placement
Humanities From Area 6 3
Fire Company Officership FPS107 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
The Fire Service, This Century and the Next, What Should We Expect FPS111 satisfies learning communities requirement 3
Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival FPS119 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Emergency Services FPS123 3 ENG095 and RDG095 or placement
Fire Prevention FPS139 3 ENG095 or and RDG095 or placement
Fire Protection Systems FPS133 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Fire Behavior and Combustion FPS135 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Building construction for Fire Protection FPS223 3 FPS123
Oral Communication ENG171 3
Applications/Concepts CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Total Credits 61
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: Choose two career elective if FPS111 has been completed. If FPS111 has been waived, three career electives are required. Choose from the following career electives: FPS121, FPS125, FPS127, FPS137, FPS221, FPS225, and FPS227.

This program is offered in the late afternoon and evening.

Program Overview

This program prepares students with practical and technical information and instruction. Students may include both potential fire fighters and in-service fire fighters wishing to upgrade their career status. An associate degree in fire protection and safety may lead to higher scores on promotional examinations.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for careers in municipal, state and federal agencies, industry, and insurance companies. Graduates also qualify to transfer to four-year colleges or universities in fire protection and safety. This program also prepares fire fighters who wish to upgrade their career status.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of fire protection and safety. 
  • Demonstrate preparedness to be a fire company officer. 
  • Understand the principles of arson investigation. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with inspections for fire prevention. 
  • Demonstrate preparedness to take promotional civil service fire exams.