Lake Superior State University

Fire Science

Program Description

The associate degree in fire science degree prepares you for entry-level positions with fire departments and some government agencies. You may also be eligible for Michigan Firefighter Certification through the Michigan Firefighters Training Council (MFFTC). Students in this program will have the opportunity to experience a “hands-on” approach by practicing with up-to-date equipment and experiencing live fire training in the burn training center located adjacent to campus. This degree is also compatible with the bachelor of science degrees in fire science and public safety.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (24 credits)

  • CJUS341 Fire Cause & Arson Investigation 3
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials 3
  • FIRE201 Fire Protection Construction Concepts 3
  • FIRE204 Fire Protection Hydraulics & Pumps 3
  • FIRE206 Fire Protection Systems Equipment and Industrial Fire Protection 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics & Strategy 3
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management 3

Support Courses (17 credits)

  • EMED190 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention I 4
  • EMED191 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention II 4
  • SOCY, PSYC or POLI Electives 9

Electives to total 62 credits (3 credits)

(FIRE197 and FIRE220 required for MFFTC certification)

General Education:  All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students).

A minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.