Fire Science

Basic Firefighter Certificate:

This program is designed to prepare students for the firefighting occupation. Students of the Fire Science Program will learn the functions of all the fire equipment, including the fire apparatus, as well as both the theory and practical application of firefighting technology. The program will prepare students for firefighter certifications according to the standards from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. This program will provide training to newly hired firefighters from the local departments as well as provide ongoing training to current veteran firefighters who serve in either a professional or volunteer capacity.

Fire Science Technology AAS :

The Fire Science Technology Associate Degree program is designed to build on students' knowledge of the firefighting occupation. The program will prepare students for firefighter certifications beyond the basic fire suppression certification according to the standards from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Students will also be introduced to the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. The Fire Science Technology program will also provide training concerning the fire inspection areas such as rules, codes, and field inspection practices to meet certification requirements of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Potential Jobs

  • Fire Safety Specialist
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Captain

Associate Degree

Fire Science Technology (AAS-FIRS)



Basic Firefighter

Cost of Program

Tuition & fees: $2,902.00
Books & supplies: $1,600.00
On-Campus Room & Board:Not Offered

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: 12 Months
% of graduates who completed on time: N/A


Jobs related to this program:
• Fire Fighter (33-2011.00) O*NET


Median debt from federal loans:N/A
Median debt from private educational loans: $4,167.00
Median debt from institution financing plan:N/A

Job Placement

% Job Placement of Graduates 100%

Staff Faculty Resources

Name E-mail Phone Location
Garcia, Mary Ann mgarcia_0203 956-872-5674 Pharr Teaching Center - 185
Fonseca, Victor vfonseca (956) 872-5675 Pharr Teaching Center - 149
Stubbs, Richard rstubbs_1850 (956) 872-5676 Pharr Teaching Center - 178

Please contact the department for information about Adjunct Faculty


Admission Requirements

Basic Firefighter Certification (Fire Academy):

  • Must be 18 years old 
  • U.S. Citizen 
  • Honorable discharge from the military (if applicable)
  • Never been convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor or above
  • Never been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years
  • GED or higher
  • Physical fitness exam

An application for the fire academy also needs to be filled out in addition to the application to South Texas College in order to be considered for the program. This application can be found under the “Resources” tab.