Program: Fire Science


Fire Science

Long Beach City College’s Fire Science Program is designed to prepare students for a career in the fire service, as well as to prepare working Firefighters for promotions within their own departments. Students learn the fundamentals of fire science, including the history and philosophy of fire protection, fireground operations, and the fire department’s functions and role in local government, including related laws and regulations.

FIRE SCIENCE - Program Brochure

Fire Science

Career Opportunities

The Fire Science classes at Long Beach City College prepares students for an exciting and satisfying career as a Firefighter working to provide emergency fire and medical services, fire prevention, and public education within the community. Our program provides several advantages for students including:

  • Faculty members with many years of experience in both public and private fire departments.
  • A staff that works closely with local fire departments to provide the most up-to-date information and technologies to better prepare students for a fire service career.
  • The Association of Future Firefighters (AFFF) is the student club which focuses on not only assisting students in earning a college degree or certificate but also to provide guidance and support for students working towards becoming career Firefighters.

Degrees & Certificates

Fire Science (AS + Cert) Curriculum Guide

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by the Fire Science Program.

Associate of Science (AS), Fire Science

Plan Code: 2805 – Students are educated and trained in the technical fields relating to fire and safety practices. This program also provides partial lower-division preparation for the baccalaureate degree in this field. This Associate Degree will prepare students for entry to a fire academy and for career advancement for those already employed in a fire-related industry. 


  • Explore the history, development, structure, and functions of the American fire service.
  • Apply prevention/protection/fire-fighting theories, principles, and concepts to address real-life situations in the field.
  • Recognize the importance of and practice of the safety behaviors in a professional fire service setting.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate prevention/protection/firefighting theories, policies, practices, and procedures to develop strategies to prevent, control, and fight fires.

Certificate of Achievement, Fire Science

Plan Code: 3805 – This Certificate of Achievement will prepare students for entry to a fire academy and for an entry-level position in private and public fire-related occupations.

Course Offerings

Long Beach City College offers a wide array of Fire Science courses designed to provide students with the requirements to complete their degree and certificate programs. Courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, and occasionally during Winter and Summer intersessions.

View courses offered in different semesters to assist in academic plannings.

Course Name Fall Winter Spring Summer
Fire Protection Organization
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Fire Prevention Technology
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Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
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Building Construction
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Fire Behavior and Combustion
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Fire Hydraulics
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Hazardous Materials 1
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Introduction to Tactics and Strategy
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Introduction to Fire Company Administration
Rescue Practices
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Fire Apparatus and Equipment
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Hazardous Materials 2
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Fundamentals of Fire Safety
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FIRE 203
Fire Tools, Equipment, and Related Technologies
FIRE 240
Firefighter 1 Physical Agility
EMT 251
Emergency Medical Technician
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EMT 251L
Emergency Medical Technician Lab
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Introduction to Public Administration
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Course Descriptions


Will obtaining a fire science degree guarantee me a job as a Firefighter?

No. Obtaining a college degree does not guarantee you a job, however, the job market is such that having a degree will better prepare you for when you begin the competitive testing process. You will learn a lot about the fire service, the hiring processes, and the duties of a Firefighter. Plus, having a degree will definitely be a key item for building a strong resume.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work-Study information.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?

Schools/Program Counselor Location
Career & Technical Education Alicia Andujo LAC
Career & Technical Education Lorraine Blouin LAC
Career & Technical Education Laura Garcia LAC
Career & Technical Education Diana Ogimachi LAC
Career & Technical Education Robert Olmos PCC
Career & Technical Education Tom To PCC

Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings.

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.