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Academic Program Model

Academic Program Model

Fire Science Technology (AAS.FST)

The Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology is a two-year program based on a model created by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network of Fire Science Programs. Lake Land College is a FESHE recognized Institution.

The National Fire Academy has advocated standardizing education for firefighters and fire officers across the nation. FESHE's mission is: "To provide an organization of post-secondary institutions to promote higher education and to enhance the recognition of the Fire and Emergency Services as Professions to reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards."

This program will prepare the student for employment in the fire service field. The program trains the student to consider factors such as, building construction, strategy and tactics, fire prevention, and fire investigation. All of Lake Land College's Fire Science courses are online or hybrid format to accommodate working students who may not have the flexibility to attend day or evening classes.

Lake Land College has articulation agreements with Southern Illinois University/Carbondale, and Western Illinois University for fire services bachelor degree programs. All Lake Land College courses are transferrable with full credit to SIU-C and WIU.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
FST-040
Fire Behavior and Combustion

FST-040
Fire Behavior and Combustion

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-041
Principles/Emergency Services

FST-041
Principles/Emergency Services

This course provides an overview to fire protection; including career opportunities; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of private fire protection services; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; and fire service nomenclature.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-042
Occupational Safety/Health

FST-042
Occupational Safety/Health

This course introduces basic concepts of risk evaluation, control procedures, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles and emergency situations involving fire.

Course Outline

3.0
ENG-120
Composition I

ENG-120
Composition I

Students will study the writing process by reading essays that illustrate a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing writing tasks and texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays.


Course Outline

*
3.0
MAT-116
General Education Math

MAT-116
General Education Math

Survey of mathematical topics with emphasis on solutions to real life problems. Topics will include set theory, consumer/financial math, measurement, and statistics. Problem solving projects involving detailed written solutions will be required. Calculators and computers will be used.


Course Outline

*
3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
Second Semester
FST-043
Building Construction

FST-043
Building Construction

This course provides the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety with focus on firefighter safety. Elements of construction and design of structures are key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-044
Fire Prevention

FST-044
Fire Prevention

This course provides use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-045
Fire Investigation I

FST-045
Fire Investigation I

This course provides the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire setter, and types of fire causes.

Course Outline

3.0
ENG-121
Composition II

ENG-121
Composition II

Students will learn how to find, use, assess and document research sources, producing an extended writing project based primarily on library research.


Course Outline

*
3.0
SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

Focuses on the fundamental principles and methods of selection, analyzing, organizing, developing and communicating information, evidence, and points of view to audiences.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Hours
FST-070
Fire Protection Systems

FST-070
Fire Protection Systems

Provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-046
Fire Service Safety & Survival

FST-046
Fire Service Safety & Survival

This course will provide basic principles and history related to the National Fire Life Safety Initiatives, focusing on cultural and behavioral change.

Course Outline

3.0
CHM-111
Concepts of Chemistry

CHM-111
Concepts of Chemistry

An introduction to the concepts of chemistry where information is presented to students with little background or no prior interest in chemistry and those students who are not interested in abstract or mathematical theories.

Course Outline

4.0
SOC-280
Introduction to Sociology

SOC-280
Introduction to Sociology

Study of human interaction focusing on social influences shaping personality, structure and dynamics of human society. Topics include: sociological perspective, culture, society, social interaction; social change in global perspective; socialization; families; social class; and social stratification; race and ethnicity; and deviance.

Course Outline

3.0
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Art Elective

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Art Elective

No Description Available
3.0

Semester Totals

16.0
Second Semester
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Fire Science Elective

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Fire Science Elective

No Description Available
3.0
FST-072
Legal Aspects of Fire Service

FST-072
Legal Aspects of Fire Service

Introduces the federal, state and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, tort, liability, and a review of relevant court cases.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-073
Fire Administration I

FST-073
Fire Administration I

This course provides student with education in fire scienc organization and management, administrative procedures and methods, budgeting, control of resources, and the maintenance of records. Discusses managerial attitudes and decisions, general organizational planning and career development.

Course Outline

*
3.0
FST-074
Fire Investigation II

FST-074
Fire Investigation II

This course provides advanced technical knowledge on rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation and testifying.

Course Outline

*
3.0
BIO-100
Bio Science I

BIO-100
Bio Science I

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental processes and structures common to all living things along with their applications to society.


Course Outline

4.0
PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

Focuses on psychology as a science, introducing concepts and research in a variety of subfields, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

19.0

Total Program Hours

65.0
Suggested Electives
FST-071
FST Hydraulics/Water Supply

FST-071
FST Hydraulics/Water Supply

Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems.

Course Outline

3.0
EMS-050
Emergency Medical Tech-Basic

EMS-050
Emergency Medical Tech-Basic

This course provides the student with an understanding of his/her roles and responsibilities within the EMS system, including operations, patient assessment, and emergency medical care. Students successfully completing this course will be eligible to take the EMT-Basic licensing examination. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

6.0
FST-081
Fire Strategy and Tactics

FST-081
Fire Strategy and Tactics

Provides an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-075
Fire Administration II

FST-075
Fire Administration II

Provides student with education in fire service organization and management, administrative procedures and methods, budgeting, control of resources, and the maintenance of records. Discusses managerial attitudes and decisions, general organizational planning and career development.

Course Outline

3.0
FST-082
Fire Service Instructor I

FST-082
Fire Service Instructor I

Provides up-to-date information required to meet the modern job performance requirements for the Fire Service Instructor I as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association, relating to the Safety during the Learning Process and Instructor Management.

Course Outline

3.0
ART-110
2-D Design

ART-110
2-D Design

A comprehensive study of the elements and principles of a two-dimensional design. Experience with a variety of materials and techniques.

Course Outline

3.0
ART-111
3-D Design

ART-111
3-D Design

A foundation studio course concerned with understanding how to manipulate basic elements and principles of design to develop visual images that exist in real space. A variety of experiences using different tools and media will be used to understand both the processes and products of 3-D design.

Course Outline

3.0
ART-240
Art and Gender

ART-240
Art and Gender

This course will examine the expression of the visual arts through gender, history and culture. The study of art and gender is covered to better understand and define the intent and creation of art forms from ancient to contemporary culture.


Course Outline

*
3.0
ART-250
Understanding Art

ART-250
Understanding Art

A survey of the visual arts from Ancient to contemporary times, an understanding the major cultural and historical relationships to the art forms.

Course Outline

3.0
ENG-224
Creative Writing - Poetry

ENG-224
Creative Writing - Poetry

Students will understand the structure and elements of poetry and the writing process, produce fully developed works of poetry and demonstrate an understanding of the critical terminology of the creative writer.


Course Outline

*
3.0
MUS-229
Understanding Music

MUS-229
Understanding Music

A survey of the musical forms and styles associated with classical music, focusing on representative musical masterworks and their composers. This music is presented in both a historical and a cultural framework.

Course Outline

3.0
 

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