Degree Programs - Requirements

The suggested sequence for full-time students is shown below.

Course Type Course Number & Title Cr.
Core Communications COM*H100 Introduction to Communications 3
Core Communications ENG*H101 Composition 3
Core Humanities ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or ENG*H202 Technical Writing 3
Core Mathematics MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra 3
Core Science CHE*H111 Concepts of Chemistry 4
Program Science Biology or Physics (BIO*H105, BIO*H110, BIO*H115, PHY*H110 or PHY*H121) 4
Core Behavioral Science PSY*H111 General Psychology I or SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology or Social Science (ECN, GEO, HIS, POL) course 3
Program Requirement FTA*H112 Introduction to Fire Technology 3
Program Requirement FTA*H116 Building Construction 3
Program Requirement FTA*H118 Fire Prevention and Inspection 3
Program Requirement FTA*H210 Water Supply and Hydraulics 3
Program Requirement FTA*H213 Codes and Standards 3
Program Requirement FTA*H216 Municipal Fire Administration 3
Program Requirement FTA*H218 Sprinkler and Fixed Extinguishing Systems 3
Program Requirement FTA*H219 Fire Investigation 3
Program Requirement FTA*H272 Terrorism-First Responders or any Fire Technology (FTA) course or CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications 3
Program Requirement EMT*H100 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) or 6 credits of Fire Technology courses 6
General Elective Any Credit Course (MAT*H137 and IDS 101 may be used as a general elective) 4
Total Credits: 60


Credits may be granted to students in the Fire Program, for Connecticut certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Service Instructor I, Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Marshall, and for some Fire Academy courses such as Chemistry of Hazardous Material or Chemistry for Emergency Response.

*Students who are not required to take IDS*101: First Year Experience (i.e. current students and transfer students with 9 or more completed credits) and/or students who take BIO*110 must still complete a minimum of 60 credits to meet graduation requirements.

Degree Programs - Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate verbally and in writing, prepare reports, presentations, investigations that support the administration and management of fire /emergency service agency in emergency or non-emergency situations.
  2. Apply social and behavioral sciences, mathematical and scientific principles, and technical knowledge to develop and create solutions to address community problems and issues in the emergency management field they have not encountered previously.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the organizational structure, both operational and administrative, of various types of emergency service providers, both public and private, career and volunteer, which impact the life safety of a community.
  4. Understand human resource policies and procedures in order to assist members of an emergency service agency who are in need of assistance and intervention.
  5. Apply basics of supervision and human resource management to set priorities so as to respond to community needs as determined in a community hazard assessment.
  6. Develop a pre-incident plan of a specific facility, applying pre-planning policies, procedures and forms, so that all required elements are identified and catalogued.
  7. Develop an initial action plan for an emergency operation to make maximum use of resources to control and mitigate the incident.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of safety policies, regulations and procedures as they apply to emergency and non-emergency operations of a community’s emergency response agencies.
  9. Demonstrate the basic knowledge necessary to conduct an inspection to identify hazards and address code violations in an Assembly, Educational, Health Care, Detention and Correctional, Residential, Mercantile, Business, Industrial, Storage, Unusual Structures, and Mixed Occupancy, so that all hazards, including hazardous materials are identified, appropriate forms are completed and appropriate action is initiated.
  10. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of who issues various protocols, standards and guides on a local, state, and national level that provide guidance to and regulation of life safety organizations.
  11. Describe the methods of heat transfer and chemical processes that govern the development and spread of fire and how to apply that to various types of structures and situations in order to control and extinguish the fire by altering and improving the structure.