Program: 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, fire ground operations, and the fire department’s functions and role in local government, including related laws and regulations.
The Fire Science classes at Long Beach City College prepare 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 that focuses on not only assisting students in earning a college degree or certificate but also providing guidance and support for students working towards becoming career Firefighters.
Degrees & Certificates
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.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- 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 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.
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 planning.
Fire Protection Organization
Fire Prevention Technology
Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
Fire Behavior and Combustion
|Additional Non-Core Course Name||Fall||Winter||Spring||Summer|
Hazardous Materials 1
Introduction to Tactics and Strategy
Introduction to Fire Company Administration
Fire Apparatus and Equipment
Hazardous Materials 2
Fundamentals of Fire Safety
Fire Tools, Equipment, and Related Technologies
Firefighter 1 Physical Agility
Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Medical Technician Lab
Introduction to Public Administration
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?
|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.