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Fire Science

(039) Associate in Applied Science

The Fire Science Degree AAS program is designed to prepare the student for knowledge and competencies necessary for leadership or management in the field of firefighting and fire prevention. Employed and volunteer fire protection services will be applicable. Graduates specialize with additional competencies to enter the fields of fire inspection and insurance investigation or pursue certification.

Work and Employment

The type of jobs for which graduates would be trained might be: officers of operations in emergency disaster agencies; fire departments; public safety agencies; industrial fire protection and prevention; commercial fire protection; prevention and distribution; fire and/or arson investigation or inspection; crime scene investigation; and forestry and fire prevention public education.

Special Considerations

SVCC recruits all individuals equally for the programs. The performance based portion of the curriculum will be set up for all individuals equally. Students who cannot meet eligibility requirements involving physical exertion or donning of personal protective equipment may attend lectures and observe potential hazards from a safe distance. Students with disabilities may work with their instructors to identify areas within their field of study that they can be trained to perform or will be counseled regarding employability difficulties. The Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) certification will be applicable after multiple course completions and will be necessary to have on file for practice of the discipline.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354; Jeffrey Newbury, Assistant Professor of Fire Science, 815/835-6269.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2019-20 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 60 credit hours.

Tuition $7,920.00 $20,280.00 $22,500.00
Fees $840.00 $840.00 $840.00
Course Fees * $33.00 * $33.00 * $33.00
Total Tuition and Fees $8,793.00 $21,153.00 $23,373.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.