Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF


Fire Science encompasses leadership and service to assist in the growing fire science segment of the economy.  In the world of fire and emergency operations, knowledge of how to best respond quickly requires training that incorporates the changing conditions. The Fire Science program prepares students by teaching them the latest industry principles, theories, and best practices.  Students learn fire safety, tactical operations, leadership and community fire outreach and response skills. 

  • A.A.S. in Fire Science

Fire Science, A.A.S.


BIOL 101 Anatomy & Physiology 4
ENGL 121 Freshman Composition 3
HIST Elective  
KINA 111 Physical Fitness 1
RLGN Elective 3
RLGN Elective 3
UNIV 111 Wellness For Life 2
FIRS 101 Firefighter Certification I 3
FIRS 102 Firefighter Certification II 3
FIRS 103 Firefighter Certification III 3
FIRS 104 Firefighter Certification IV 3
FIRS 201 Firefighter Certification V 3
FIRS 202 Firefighter Certification VI 3
FIRS 203 Firefighter Certification VII 3
FIRS 204 Firefighter Practicum (Boot Camp)* 1
FIRT 211 Internship 3
FIRT 212 Firefighter Health & Safety 3
FIRT 213 Fire Prevention, Codes, and Inspection 3
FIRT 214 Fire Investigator or
FIRS 215 Fire Apparatus Pumper – Driver/Operator  3
EMSP 201 EMT Basic 4
EMSP 202 EMT Clinical 1
     Total:  60

*Includes all laboratory elements for: FIRS 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202 and 203

Student Learning Outcomes

The goals of the Fire Science program are to provide each student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as a Firefighter/EMT. Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Subject matter proficiency
  2. A variety of Firefighter skills to meet State certification requirements
  3. A variety of EMT skills to meet State certification requirements
  4. Fire Inspector competencies needed for State certification
  5. Critical thinking in addressing discipline-based questions
  6. Familiarity with standards, expectations and ethics in the discipline

Admission Criteria

  1. Meet all admission requirements for enrollment at Southwestern Adventist University.
  2. Complete all steps in the Fire Science Application Process.
  3. Complete all Fire Science pre-requisites:
    1. Minimum SAT score of 450 (old) or 25 (new) in Critical Reading or ACT score of 17 in English
      Students scoring minimums may enter the program on a probationary basis and must take ENGL 021 and RDNG 021.
    2. Minimum of 500 (old) 530 (new) SAT Math or 21 ACT Math
      Students scoring below minimums may enter the program on a probationary basis and must take MATH 013.
    3. Minimum high school GPA of 2.75
      Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Fire Science Application Process

  1. Obtain two letters of recommendation from individuals other than relatives.
  2. Submit a statement of purpose - a one page, typed essay describing reasons why you would like to become a firefighter.
  3. Complete and submit all health records.
    1. Physicians release for strenuous physical activity
    2. Provide documented proof of vaccinations:  MMR, TB, Hepatitis B, Influenza,  Meningitis and Tetanus
  4. Submit to, pay for, and pass a criminal background check.

Continuation and Progression Policies

  1. The Department of Kinesiology reserves the right to require withdrawal of a Fire Science student from the program or a Fire Science course who fails to demonstrate competency and/or displays inappropriate/unprofessional or unsafe behavior.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to progress in Fire Science and to graduate. No grade lower than C- will be accepted in Fire Science courses. Students whose GPA falls below 2.5 at any time during the program must raise their GPA to 2.5 or better within the next semester to continue in the program. If the GPA remains below 2.5, the student will be permanently dropped from the program.
  3. Students are allowed only one repeat of one Fire Science course.
  4. Fire Science courses dropped within one (1) week after the midterm date on the academic calendar will not count as a completed course. A Fire Science course that is dropped after that time will be treated as a completed Fire Science course.
  5. Students who fail a course may progress only with permission of the Kinesiology Department.
  6. All Fire Science courses are to be completed within a three-year time frame.
  7. Students cannot take the Texas Fire Certification exam until all degree requirements have been met. 

Termination Policy

The following situations or conditions will result in termination from the fire science program:

  1. Unsafe, unethical, or unprofessional fire science practice
  2. GPA less than 2.5 for two consecutive semesters
  3. Unresolved issues with the drug screen and background checks

Readmission Policy

Readmission is possible for Fire Science students who left the program in good standing, and according to the Fire Science progression criteria. Students who have been out of the program will return under the most current bulletin.  A new background check and drug screen must be completed and approved before being readmitted.

Transportation Policies

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from off-campus. Faculty will not provide transportation.

On-campus Residency and Transfer Requirements

Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in residence.  The last 12 hours before graduation must be taken in residence at SWAU.  Transfer credits will be awarded according to University policy.

Boot Camp

Boot camp is an intensive hands-on lab/skills session that is completed in a special summer term after successful completion of the freshman year. The candidate will sign up for a May, June, July, or August Boot Camp offering before the end of their first semester.  Students will be participating in an intensive 2-week program designed to complete the practical (skills) portion of the Fire Academy.  Every effort has been made to replicate a real working fire station to make the Boot Camp experience in every way a slice of the professional firefighter's life.  The entire academy class will be housed in a new, state of the art training facility.  Students will be responsible for cleaning and basic housekeeping for the facility.  Most hands-on training will take place in the fire yard, on the apparatus, fire tower, in a burning building, or at other appropriate facilities.  Students will be required to pass the final evaluation with at least an 80% in order to be permitted to test for their certificate with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.  The final evaluation is a 200 question, multiple-choice exam that will be given at the boot camp.  Failure in any of these components will require remedial training and a re-test.


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