Fire Science Technology (9640)

Fire service specialists are sought by fire departments nationwide, as well as by insurance companies, industrial organizations, government agencies, and businesses dealing with fire protection and equipment.

Lakeland's Fire Science Technology program meets the needs of today's career and volunteer firefighters, pre-service students, and business and industry personnel having an interest in fire safety and protection. Fire science courses reflect the philosophies and techniques of today's fire service leaders.

The Fire Science Technology degree is recognized and listed by the National Fire Academy - Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Program.

All core Fire Science Technology courses are scheduled for online delivery, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students living a distance from Lakeland may take the fire science courses online, complete other courses such as English and social science at a college closer to home, and still receive their Fire Science Technology degree from Lakeland Community College.

A certificate is also available.

NOTE: This program is designed for both in-service and pre-service students.

Pre-service students must take FIRE 2390 Fire Field Service Seminar

In-service students must take FIRE 2490 Fire Service Problem Analysis

NOTE:  Many Fire Science Technology (FIRE) courses are scheduled on an alternating basis, therefore, not all FIRE courses are offered every academic year. Contact the Counseling and Advising Center or fire science program director for scheduling details and advice.

Distance learning students only should consult an academic counselor regarding possible course substitutions for CHEM 1050 Chemistry in the Everyday World and PHOT 1100 Basic Photography/PHOT 1105 Basic Photography - Digital.

Prior to course selections, students who may transfer to another college upon completing their Lakeland degree should consult an academic counselor regarding transfer courses that are part of the Ohio (Fire Science) Transfer Assurance Guide.

NOTE: Students planning to transfer to a four-year college are encouraged to take ENGL 1120 English Composition II in addition to or as part of the following requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1050
Chemistry in the Everyday World
or Introduction to Meteorology
FIRE 1100 Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services 3
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 1
or English Composition I (B)
FIRE 1260 Fire Prevention Practice 3
FIRE 1350 Public Sector Community Relations and Customer Service 2
FYEX 1000 First Year Experience 1
Select any course(s) from the Mathematics Electives list 2 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
FIRE 1120 Fire Organization and Administration 2
FIRE 1290 Building Construction for Fire and Life Safety 3
FIRE 2330 Combustion Processes and Fire Behavior 2
POLS 2100 State and Local Government 3
Select course(s) from the Natural and Physical Science Electives list 2 3
Select course(s) from the Technical Electives list 2
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
COMM 1050
Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communications
FIRE 1170 Fire Protection and Detection Systems 2
FIRE 2205 Fire Service Hydraulics 2
FIRE 2280 Fireground Strategy and Tactics 3
Select courses(s) from the Social and Behavioral Science Electives list 3
Select course(s) from the Technical Electives list 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
FIRE 2200 Fire Investigation Methods 3
FIRE 2340 Hazardous Materials Operations and Command 3
FIRE 2390
Fire Field Service Seminar
or Fire Service Problem Analysis
FIRE 2380 Emergency Services Safety and Survival 2
Select one of the following: 3
Mapping Technologies
Map Design and Interpretation
Select course(s) from general electives
Select one of the following: 3
Basic Photography
Basic Photography - Digital
Course(s) from the Arts and Humanities Electives list
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours64

English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the degree).


Students planning to transfer to a four-year college should take a sequence of math and/or science as advised by their counselor.


Students may substitute either COMM 1000 Effective Public Speaking or COMM 1100 Effective Interpersonal Communications. One of these 3 credit courses may be required for students transferring to a four-year college.

Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.


Course Title Credit Hours
Technical Electives
BUSM 2380Training Skills and Techniques 3
EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Management 3
EMTS 1010Emergency Medical Technician-Basic 7
or EMTS 1050 Emergency Medical Technician- Refresher
EMTS 2011Paramedic Beginner 13
EMTS 2021Paramedic Intermediate A 5
EMTS 2031Paramedic Intermediate B 5
EMTS 2041Paramedic Clinical and Capstone 5
FIRE 1150Firefighter Orientation 1
FIRE 1340Hazardous Materials for First Responders 1
FIRE 1800Fire Science Guided Study 1-4
FIRE 2150Advanced Firefighter 3
FIRE 2210Public Sector Supervision and Leadership 2
PHOT 2100Forensic Photography 3
PHOT 2200Surveillance Photography 2
MATH 1330Statistics for the Health Sciences3
MATH 1600Survey of College Mathematics3
MATH 1650College Algebra (A)4
MATH 2130Business Statistics4
PHIL 2600Logic3
Other courses as approved in advance by the program director
Natural and Physical Science
CHEM 1050Chemistry in the Everyday World3
CHEM 1100Elementary Chemistry I: Intro to Inorganic Chemistry4
GEOL 1100Introduction to Physical Geology4
GEOL 1200Introductory Historical Geology4
PHYS 1500Astronomy4
PSCI 1300Earth Science3
PSCI 1400Introduction to Meteorology3
Other courses as approved in advance by the program director
Arts and Humanities
ARTS 1120Art Appreciation3
ARTS 2220Survey of Art I3
ARTS 2230Survey of Art II3
ENGL 2250Survey of American Literature I3
ENGL 2260Survey of American Literature II3
ENGL 2280Survey of British Literature I3
ENGL 2290Survey of British Literature II3
HUMX 1100Introduction to Humanities3
MUSC 1200Music Appreciation3
MUSC 1215World Music3
MUSC 1800Popular Music: Rock, Jazz, Country, and Hip-Hop3
MUSC 2200Music History and Literature I3
MUSC 2250Music History and Literature II3
PHIL 1500Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2000Comparative Religion3
PHOT 1000History of Photography3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ANTH 1160Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 1150Basic Economics3
ECON 2500Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2600Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 1500Introduction to Geography3
GEOG 1600World Regional Geography3
HIST 1150Western Civilization I: Antiquity Through the Reformation3
HIST 1250Western Civilization II: Age of Revolution Through the Present3
HIST 2250U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present3
POLS 1300U.S. National Government3
POLS 2500Modern Political Ideologies3
PSYC 1500Introduction to Psychology3
SOCY 1150Principles of Sociology3