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Fire Science Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Move up the ladder with an associate degree in fire science technology

Earn state certificates after completing selected classes and course prerequisites

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Imagine being part of a rewarding career that requires working only 10 days a month.

Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology can either jump start your ability to enter the field of fire science or provide the continuing education necessary to advance in your career as a firefighter, fire protection system designer, fire inspector or safety professional. This degree can also open doors to employment in emergency management, homeland security and forensics.

Incoming students can apply for credit for previous non-college credentials, including military training, national or state fire certification, or certificates received on the job or for volunteer work.

TCC’s program combines general education courses with specific training on topics including hazardous materials, fire prevention and legal aspects of fire service.

Get started on the career ladder today!

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP).

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes mainly offered on the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn’t permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
64 credits x $185.35 per credit = $11,862.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are physically fit
  • embrace teamwork
  • have a clean driving record
  • hold Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification (recommended)
Where can you go?

Students who graduate with the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology may be eligible to transfer into Southern Illinois University’s bachelor’s degree program in fire science management. All classes will be offered on TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus.

Additionally, graduates may transfer to Old Dominion University to earn their bachelor’s in health sciences.

Earning the associate degree also makes a student seeking entry into a fire academy an attractive candidate.

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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

Learn more about the CMVE

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Our faculty are all current or former firefighters


Online, hybrid and evening classes with convenient "flip-flop" scheduling fit an unpredictable schedule

Women are encouraged to apply

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TCC can help you jump start or advance your career as a first responder


"At TCC I developed good study habits, time management and test taking strategies — all the things necessary for success in college.”

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $38,002*

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.