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Fire Science

Our fire science degree and certificates are designed to meet the needs of persons seeking entry into fire career fields. Some certificates can be completed in one year.

Careers in emergency services require courage, endurance, integrity, and the ability to make good and quick decisions.

This program will prepare students who have little or no knowledge of firefighting for entry level positions in the fire service industry. It is our desire to graduate students with the following certifications: Fire Fighter I, Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations Level, Wildland Fire Fighter (Red Card) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Although many college credits within this degree are accepted for transfer by four year colleges, the career focused courses are not designed to transfer.

The most important entry requirement is college level reading.  Other course requirements may include background check, proof of immunizations and drug screen.

THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety programs.

  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Static Strength — Job requires ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. Support 125 pounds, push or pull 50 pounds, move and carry objects weighing up to 165 pounds.
  • Active Listening — Job requires giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Job requires using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring — Job requires monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control — Job requires controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring — Job requires watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statisticsemployment of firefighters is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 28,000 openings for firefighters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Safety Officer, Volunteer Firefighter.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for firefighters was $50,700 in May 2021.

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Tanner Olinger

My favorite part about studying Fire Science is I can always see a practical application for what I am learning.

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Milan Diklic, France

At Northeastern, the interactions I have with my teachers and all the staff members are amazing!

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