UNM Los Alamos

Fire Science

Fire Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science has two concentrations, one in Advanced Fire Science and one in Emergency Medical Services.

About the Program

This program is designed to develop skills that will assist a student in gaining employment in various fire science and emergency medical services career fields. Graduates may expect to find employment opportunities with public fire departments, insurance companies, industrial firms, governmental agencies, educational organizations, ambulance services and fire protection manufacturing and research groups. This degree program will help enable persons currently employed in fire service to prepare themselves for advancement in their careers or begin a pathway to becoming an EMT. It will provide the student new to fire science and emergency medical services with the general education and technical training to succeed as a Fire Science professional. Program content is based on the national Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum. A concentration in EMS is available for those students who might wish to continue their education into paramedicine.

About the Fire Science Concentration

This concentration provides the student with more in-depth education in fire service careers. Students who wish to advance into management in the fire service will find this concentration helpful.

About the Emergency Medical Services Concentration

This concentration is designed to develop skills that will assist a student planning to eventually enter a paramedic Bachelor’s degree program. Completion of this concentration will prepare a student to sit for the New Mexico EMT-Basic and EMT-I (Intermediate) licensing tests.

A minimum of 66-67 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. At least 15 of these 66-67 credit hours must be UNM catalog credit courses taken in residence. A minimum of C (not C-) is required in each Technical Core course.

General Education Requirements

Writing and Speaking (9 credit hours)

For Both Concentrations:

  • ENGL 101: Composition I: Exposition (3)

For Fire Science Concentration:

Choose 6 credit hours from:

  • ENGL 102: Composition II: Analysis and Argument (3)
  • ENGL 119: Technical Communications (3) OR ENGL 219: Technical and Professional Writing (3)
  • ENGL 290: Introduction to Professional Writing (3) OR ENGL 220: Expository Writing (3)
  • CJ 101: Introduction of Communication (3) OR CJ 130: Public Speaking

For Emergency Medical Services Concentration:

Choose 6 credit hours from:

  • ENGL 102: Composition II: Analysis and Argument (3)
  • ENGL 290: Introduction to Professional Writing (3) OR ENGL 220: Expository Writing (3)
  • CJ 130: Public Speaking

*Required pre-requisites for admission into the UNM Paramedic Bachelor program.

Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)

For Fire Science Concentration:

  • Math 120: Intermediate Algebra (3)* OR higher

For Emergency Medical Services Concentration:

  • Math 121: College Algebra (3) *If you are planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree of any type, Math 121 or higher will be required.

Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credit hours)

For Fire Science Concentration:

Select from the following:

  • CHEM 111: Elements of General Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (3) / CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (3) / BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors Lab (1)
  • EPS 101: How the Earth Works–An Introduction to Geology (3) / EPS 105L: Physical Geology Lab (1)

For Emergency Medical Services Concentration:

Select from the following:

  • CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (3) / CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (3) / BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors Lab (1)

*Required pre-requisites for admission into the UNM Paramedic Bachelor program.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)

For both Concentrations:

Select from the following:

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • PSY 105: General Psychology (3)

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

For both Concentrations:

  • PENP 193: Topics: Physical Fitness (2)

Computer Science (3 credit hours)

For both Concentrations:

  • CS 150L: Computing for Business (3) OR CT 102: Introduction to Microcomputers on the PC (4)

Technical Core Requirements (36-37 credit hours)

Technical Courses common to both concentrations (18 credit hours)

  • FISC 101: Principles of Emergency Services (3)
  • FISC 102: Fire Prevention (3)
  • FISC 105: Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival (3)
  • FISC 106: Fire Behavior and Combustion (3)
  • FISC 201: Fire Protection Systems (3)
  • FISC 212: Building Construction for Fire Prevention (3)

Additional Technical Courses for Fire Science Concentration (18 credit hours)

  • FISC 103: Hazardous Materials (3)
  • FISC 104: Wildland Firefighting (3)
  • FISC 202: Fire Administration I (3)
  • FISC 210: Incident Safety Officer (3)
  • FISC 220: Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (3)
  • FISC 225: Strategy and Tactics (3)

Additional Technical Courses for Emergency Medical Services Concentration (19 credit hours)

  • EMS 113: EMT-Basic (8)
  • EMS 142: EMT-Basic Lab (2)
  • EMS 180: EMT-Intermediate (5)
  • EMS 143: EMT-Intermediate Lab (1)
  • EMS 151: EMT-I Clinical and Field Experience (2)
  • EMS 200: Medical Math (1)

Elective (6 credit hours)

For Fire Science Concentration:

Select 6 credit hours from the following:

Fire Science

  • Choose any FISC course not already completed as part of the required Technical Coursework

Emergency Medicine

  • Choose any EMS course *Note: Students are encouraged to take EMS 113 and EMS 140 to increase chances of employment in the fire service

Humanities (not more than 3 credit hours)

  • Choose any UNM Core curriculum course

Social and Behavioral Sciences (not more than 3 credit hours)

  • Choose any UNM Core curriculum course

Physical and Natural Sciences

  • Choose any UNM Core curriculum course

Foreign Language (not more than 3 credit hours)

  • Choose any UNM Core curriculum course

For Emergency Medical Services Concentration:

Note If you plan to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Paramedicine, please contact the institution to which you wish to transfer to determine pre-admission requirements. Courses marked with * must be completed before a student may be admitted into UNM’s Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services Program

Select from the following 6 credit hours which have not already been used in the degree program:

Humanities (no more than 3 credit hours)

  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophical Problems (3)
  • PHIL 245: Professional Ethics (3)

Mathematics and Statistics

  • STAT 145: Introduction to Statistics (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (no more than 3 credit hours)

  • ANTH 101: Introductory Anthropology or SOC 101: Introductory Sociology

Physical and Natural Sciences

Choose any course not already used in your degree program:

  • CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (3) / CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (3 / BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors Lab (1)
  • BIOL 237: Human Anatomy & Physiology I for Health Sciences (3) / BIOL 247L: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I (1)
  • BIOL 238: Human Anatomy & Physiology II for Health Sciences (3) / BIOL 248L: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II (1)

Note: Required pre-requisites for UNM EMS Bachelor Degree program.

Foreign Language (not more than 3 credit hours)

  • Choose any UNM Core curriculum course

Total Credit Hours

Fire Science Concentration: 66

Emergency Medical Services Concentration: 67

Contact Information

Joseph Candelaria
joecand@unm.edu