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.