Fire Science

Fire Science StudentAssociate of Applied Science Degree

Program Mission

The Fire Science program will provide students with quality cognitive and psychomotor skills that will help prepare them to be a firefighter.

Program Description

The Fire Science program is designed to prepare students with both a theoretical understanding of fire science and the practical skills necessary to succeed. It is a combination of classroom and online study.

Program Features

  • The degree prepares you for the specialized demands of a highly diversified and technological career and thereby helps you to gain employment as a firefighter or a firefighter/paramedic.
  • Emergency Medical Technician training is part of the first year in the Fire Science program. After completing the first two terms, you can test to become a Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician.
  • During the first year, you will receive training that will prepare you to test for your National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter 1 and Hazardous Materials Operations level certifications.
  • While receiving the classroom and hands-on training on campus you will have the opportunity to train and run calls with career firefighters through our Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) program. These are usually 24-hour shifts but can be modified to fit your individual needs. CWE is typically started during the second or third term but this too can be modified to fit your needs. CWE also helps you build relationships with the local fire departments.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science will:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of core content for each course completed and demonstrate practical applications based on the requirements set forth by NFPA 1001 “Standard on Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications”
  2. Communicate effectively using appropriate:
    • Active Listening Skills
    • Speaking Skills
    • Writing Skills
  3. Demonstrate adequate problem solving and critical thinking skills

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Fire Science program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

The Fire Science program prepares students for entry-level jobsThe Fire Science program prepares students for entry-level jobs and future careers in firefighting, fire prevention, and fire education.

Program Options

  • After completing the first two terms you will have the training to test to become a Nationally Certified EMT. This will allow you to work for various agencies in the area while you continue your firefighter studies.
  • In a dual degree option with the EMS program, you can earn the Fire Science and Paramedicine degrees. This prepares you to become a Nationally Certified Paramedic.
  • After completing your AAS in Fire Science you can transfer to a four-year degree program in Fire Science Administration at Western Oregon State or Eastern Oregon State.

Program Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

  • Minimal requirement: Computer with broadband internet connectivity; Windows 7 or newer OR MACOS 10.6 or newer. Video viewing and Zoom conferencing may be held at the discretion of the faculty.
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Pass a criminal background check. Students with a criminal record are strongly urged to research employability before entering the fire science program. Not have been convicted by any state or federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • Be capable of passing a series of basic physical agility tests
  • Demonstrate appropriate skills in: a. Hydraulics; b. Leadership;
  • Candidate Physical Ability Training
  • Work effectively as a member of a firefighting team and lead in specific fire department related business, operations, and Public Information activities
  • Demonstrate skills necessary for continued lifelong learning for improving personal and professional skills
  • Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills to complete Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Firefighter 1 Task Book and approved Firefighter’s 1 Skills Evaluation Sheets in addition to National Fire Protection Association, Standard on Fire Fighter Professional Qualification


Students with a criminal record are strongly urged to research employability before entering the fire science program.

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Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:

• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes


Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Andy Hatfield - Contact
Coordinator, Fire Science
Phone: 541-440-7829
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