General Studies: Emergency Services/Fire Science Option


Designed for individuals who work in fire/emergency services who want to prepare for advancement in the various service areas.

The program consists of core requirements leading to an A.A. degree and 22 credits of work articulated from either the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) or the National Fire Academy (NFA) via American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. 

Visit for a list of dates and times of MFRI courses. Visit for a list of dates and times of NFA courses.

The Emergency Services/Fire Science Option can be completed entirely online. For details, see Online Learning.


Robin Shusko
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Courses Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) (MA 111 or MA 201 recommended) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences (Electives must be from two disciplines)  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ (Foreign Language recommended) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences (Physical Science recommended)  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Choose from 2 categories:  
Computer Literacy Elective  (GenEd course list)  
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective  (GenEd course list) ‡  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 6
PE/Health Elective 1/3
Other Requirements  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3

Choose twenty-two (22) total credits from the following
American Council on Education (ACE) recommended credit listed classes.
     ACE classes ‚Ä®provided through the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute
     (MFRI) or National Emergency ‚Ä®Training Center (NFA)
Total 60/64
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. If a specific course is not required, choose at least one course from the Cultural Competence list in the academic catalog.
AAOTCO–Aerial Apparatus Operator (1)
ADFRNFA–Arson Detection for First Responders (1)
BCNCNFA–Building Construction: Non-Combustible & Fire Resistive (1)
BCOCNFA–Building Construction: Principles-Wood & Ordinary Construction (1)
BLSNFA–Basic Life Support & Hazardous Material Response (1)
ECFO–Engine Company Fireground Operations (1)
EMLSO1–Emergency Medical Services Officer I  (3)
EMS 313–Advanced Medical Life Support (1)
EMS 316–Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (1)
EMTB–Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (6)
EVO–Emergency Vehicle Operator (2)
FAACO–Arson Awareness for the Company Officer (1)
FDSO–Fire Department Safety Officer  (2)
FFI–Firefighter I (3)
FFII–Firefighter II (2)
FFSR–Firefighter Survival and Rescue (1)
FINI–Fire Inspector I: Preparing Entry-Level Fire Inspectors for Preventing Fires through Code Enforcement (3)
FINII–Fire Inspector II: Preparing Fire Inspectors for Preventing Fires through Code enforcement (2)
FINSPIII–Fire Inspector III (3)
FIRE 120–Principles of Building Construction: Combustible (1)
FIRE 121–Principles of Building Construction: Noncombustible (1)
FIRE 133–Preparation for Initial Company Operations (1)
FIRE 230–Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (3)
FIRE 232–Aircraft Rescue Firefighting - Driver/Operator (2)
FMFLB–Shipboard Firefighting for Land Based Firefighters (3)
FOIV–Fire Officer IV (3)
FOTIR–Fire Officer I (4)
FOTIIR–Fire Officer II (3)
FOTIII–Fire Officer III (3)
HMO–Hazardous Material Operations (1)
HMT–Hazardous Material Technician (3)
HSONFA–Health & Safety Officer (1)
ICSEMSNFA–Incident Command System for Emergency Medical Services (1)
ICSNFA–Incident Command System (1)
IMS–Incident Management System (1)
ISONFA–Incident Safety Officer (1)
ITIR–Instructor I (2)
ITIIR–Instructor II  (2/3)
LISFCSNFA–Leadership I: Strategies for Company Success (1)
LIISFCSNFA–Leadership II: Strategies for Personal Success (1)
LIIISFCSNFA–Leadership III: Strategies for Supervisory Success (1)
MCENFA–Managing in a Changing Environment (1)
MCTOOD–Managing Company Tactical Operations: Decision Making (1)
MCTOP–Managing Company Tactical Operations: Preparation (1)
MCTOTNFA–Managing Company Tactical Operations: Tactics (1)
NERTBC–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts (1)
NERTIM–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Incident Management (3)
NERTSCCO–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Strategic Considerations for Company Officers (1)
NERTTCCO–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Tactical Considerations for Company Officers  (1)
NERTTCES–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Tactical Considerations: Emergency Medical Services (1)
NERTTCHM–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Tactical Considerations: Hazardous Materials (1)
NICSSCI–Incident Command System for Structural Collapse Incidents (1)
PHTLS–Prehospital Trauma Life Support (1)
PO–Pump Operator (1)
RTCSR–Rescue Technician – Confined Space Rescue (1)
RTSTA–R31 Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced Course (1)
RTSTI–R31 Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit I (1)
RTTRO–Rescue Technician – Trench Rescue Operations (1)
RTTRR–Rescue Technician – Rope Rescue (1)
RTVMR–Rescue Technician – Site Operations and Vehicle and Machinery Rescue (3)
STFNFA–Shaping the Future (1)
STICONFA–Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (1)
F100/W100–Building Construction: Principles-Wood & Ordinary Construction (1)
F125–Firefighter Safety & Survival: Company Officer’s Responsibility (1)
F150/W150–Building Construction: Non-Combustible & Fire Resistive (1)
F160–Incident Command System for Emergency Medical Services           (1)
F175–Initial Company Tactical Operations (1)
F201–Arson Detection for First Responders (1)
F209–Courtroom Preparation & Testimony for First Responders (1)
F210–Preparing for Incident Command (1)
F240–Commanding the Initial Response (1)
F271–Fire Prevention for First Responders and Small Departments (1)
F272–Prevention & Mitigation Advocacy for Small Department Responders  (1)
F273–Marketing Fire Prevention in Your Community (1)
F275/W275–Fire Prevention for High Risk Populations: Age and Disability Factors (1)
F276–Preventing Fire Risk Based on Socioeconomic Factors: Rural and Urban Settings (1)
F290/W290–Training Operations in Small Departments           (1)
F310/W310–Fire Service Supervision: Personal Team Effectiveness (1)
F320/W320–Fire Service Supervision: Team Effectiveness (1)
F321–Incident Command System for Highrise Operations (1)
F322–Incident Command System for Structural Collapse Incidents (1)
F344–Methods of Enhancing Safety Education (1)
F347–Community Risk Issues & Prevention Interventions (1)
F375/W375–Managing Company Tactical Operations: Preparation (1)
F410–Hazardous Materials Incident Analysis (1)
F450/W450–Managing Company Tactical Operations: Decision Making (1)
F500–Emergency Medical Services & Administration: An Overview (1)
F516–Executive Skills Series: Leading Diverse Communities Beyond Conflict (1)
F517–Executive Skills Series: Managing & Leading Change (1)
F518–Executive Skills Series: Influencing (1)
F552–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Tactical Considerations for Company Officers (1)
F553–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Tactical Considerations: Hazardous Materials (1)
F554–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Emergency Medical Services (1)
F555/W555–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Strategic Considerations For Company Officers (1)
F602–Shaping the Future (1)
F604–Managing in a Changing Environment (1)
F612–Command & Control of Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Operations for Structural Chief Officers (1)
F613–Cooperative Leadership Issues in Wildland/Urban Interface Operations (1)
F700–Fire Risk Analysis: A Systems Approach (1)
F800–Community Fire Defenses: Challenges & Solutions  (1)
F801/W801–Tactical Operations for Company Officers I  (2)
F802/W802–Tactical Operations for Company Officers II (2)
F803–Leadership I: Strategies for Company Success (1)
F804–Leadership II: Strategies for Personal Success (1)
F805–Leadership III: Strategies for Supervisory Success          (1)
F808–Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents-Concept Implementation (1)
F809–Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents-Basic Concepts (1)
H531–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts (1)
N216/R216–Initial Fire Investigation  (3)
N826/R116/R826–Presenting Effective Public Education Programs (2)
P119–Discovering the Road to High Risk Audiences (3)
Q118–Self-Study Course for Community Safety Educators (1)
Q318–Fire Service Supervision: Self Study (1)
R101–Managing the Code Process (3)
R101–Code Management: A Systems Approach  (3)
R102–Plans Review for Inspectors (2/3)
R107–Fire Service Communication (3)
R108–Evaluating Performance-Based Designs (3)
R115–Introduction to Fire Safety Education (3)
R123–Executive Development (3)
R125–Executive Leadership  (3)
R130–Strategic Management of Change (3)
R150–Management of Emergency Medical Services (3)
R151–Advanced Leadership Issues in Emergency Medical Services (3)
R152–Emergency Medical Services Special Operations (3)
R200–Arson Detection (2)
R205–Fire Arson Investigation (3/4)
R207–Management for Arson Prevention & Control (3)
R208–Interview/Interrogation Techniques & Courtroom Testimony (3)
R220/N219–Fire Inspection Principles (3)
R222–Principles of Fire Protection: Structures & Systems (3)
R225–Management of Fire Prevention Programs (3)
R229–Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices (4)
R233–Chemistry for Emergency Response (3)
R234/R239–Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (2/3/4)
R235–Hazardous Materials Tactical Considerations (2/3)
R236–Planning for a Hazardous Materials Incident (3)
R237–Hazardous Substance Specialist (3)
R239–Chemistry of Hazardous Materials: Instructor’s Program, Level 1 (3)
R243/N814–Hazardous Materials Incident Management  (3)
R246–Basic Life Support & Hazardous Material Response (1)
R247–Advanced Life Support Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents (3)
R280–Leading Community Risk Reduction (3)
R297–Command & Control of Fire Department Operations at Multi-Alarm Incidents (3)
R301–Leadership & Incident Command/Communications Course (2)
R304–Advanced Incident Command (3)
R306–Strategic Analysis of Fire Department Operations (3)
R306–Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management (3)
R308–Command & Control of Fire Department Operations at Natural & Man-Made Disasters (3)
R309–Strategic Analysis of Fire Prevention Programs (3)
R314–Command & Control of Fire Department Operations at Target Hazards (3)
R331–Fire Service Organizational Theory (3)
R331–Organizational Theory in Practice (3)
R332–Interpersonal Dynamics in Fire Service Operations (3)
R333–Fire Service Financial Management (3)
R340–Public Fire Education Specialist (2)
R341–Advanced Life Safety (2)
R342–Training Program Management (3)
R343/N816/R816–Community Education Leadership (3)
R352–Developing Fire & Life Safety Strategies (3)
R499–National Fire Incident Reporting System Program  (2/3)
R500–Use of Microcomputers for Fire Service Management (2)
R502–Fire Service Information Management (2)
R506–Executive Planning (3)
R600–Wildland Interface Fire Protection: A National Problem With Local Solutions (1)
R801–Fire Command Operations (2/3)
R802/N808–Fire Service Planning Concepts for the 21st Century (2)
R810–VIP: Leadership & Administration (2/3)
R811–Fire Cause Determination for Company Officers (2)
R815–Challenges for Local Training Officers (2)
R817–Emergency Response to Terrorism: Incident Management (3)
R822–Advanced Safety Operations and Management (3)
R823–Prevention Solutions for Small Departments and Communities (3)
R831–Command & Control of Incident Operations (1)
R870/F451/W451–Managing Company Tactical Operations: Tactics (1)
U153–Emergency Medical Services Administration for Volunteers         (3)
W250–Infection Control for Emergency Response Personnel: Supervisor’s Role & Responsibilities (1)
W719–Incident Safety Officer (1)
W720–Health & Safety Officer (1)