General Studies – 18 Unit Emphasis | SC Program: AS.1509

While available to anyone, this degree is designed for students who have been working as wildland firefighters and intend on working within the Plans Section of the Incident Command System (specifically the Situation Unit and Fire Behavior positions). Once a student has completed this degree, it is hoped that they will continue their education and pursue a transfer level AA degree with a final target being undergraduate and graduate degrees in Meteorology, Physics, or similar disciplines.

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A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.

Fall Semester, First Year

21 Units Total
FIRS 104
M 21
Fire Fighter 1 Academy
FIRS 104
Units 21
Advisory: FIRS 397 with a grade of P

Notes:
1. The California State Fire Marshal's Office requires that all Firefighter I summative tests be completed with a minimum score of 80% (a grade of B or higher). Any student who does not meet this standard will have failed FIRS 104 and will not receive credit for the course.
2. Any student enrolling in FIRS 104 must have completed the prerequisites of FAID 132 or FAID 332 at Shasta College (or their equivalents at another institution), OR FAID 75 at Shasta College (or the equivalents at another institution). Students who attempt to satisfy these prerequisites with courses from another institution must provide transcripts that verify a minimum grade of B (80%) has been met.

This course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the entry level professional fire fighter to perform his/her duties safely, effectively, and competently. The curriculum is based on the current edition of NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, the current edition of NFPA 1051 Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, and the current edition of NFPA 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. The overarching themes of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Fire Fighter 1 and 2 curriculum are: general knowledge germane to the profession, fire department communications, fireground operations, rescue operations, preparedness and maintenance, wildland suppression activities, flammable liquids and gas fire fighting, and hazardous materials/WMD. This academy is an Accredited Regional Training Program approved by the California State Board of Fire Services. Final certification as an IFSAC/Pro Board certified Fire Fighter 1 is achieved upon successful completion of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal's manipulative and cognitive testing for Fire Fighter 1. Certification as an OSFM Fire Fighter 2 is achieved upon successful completion of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal's manipulative and cognitive testing for Fire Fighter 2, and is verified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal after the student completes the Academy and works as a volunteer Fire Fighter for one year or a full-time paid Fire Fighter for six months. Students successfully completing this course will receive numerous standalone certificates in structure and wildland fire suppression; Auto Extrication, Confined Space Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations (Pro Board), and others. Note: This course meets five days a week with occasional night classes, and additional weekend days as required. Preset/scheduled dates and times may be shifted as needed to accommodate facility usage, equipment demands, weather, skills development needs and instructor availability. When dates and times are shifted, the total amount of required class time will not differ from those hours as listed on the first class handout.
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Spring Semester, First Year

14 Units Total
BUAD 66
GE 3
Business Communications
BUAD 66
Units 3
Note: Student must complete all assignments using a computer. Handwritten assignments will not be accepted.

This course applies the principles of ethical and effective communication to the creation of letters, memos, emails, and written and oral reports for a variety of business situations. The course emphasizes planning, organizing, composing, and revising business documents using word processing software for written documents and presentation-graphics software to create and deliver professional-level oral reports. This course is designed for students who already have college-level writing skills. This is a required course for many major and certificate programs and an alternate requirement or suggested elective in others. This class also satisfies the A.S. General Education requirement in English. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BUAD 14
GE 3
Personal Finance
BUAD 14
Units 3
An introduction to personal finance, providing an in-depth study of time value of money, loan options and savings vehicles, retirement planning, tax strategies, and the implications of inflation. The course will strengthen quantitative reasoning skills including algebraic models and statistical data analysis. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PSYC 1A
GE 3
General Psychology
PSYC 1A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course provides an introduction to psychology as a science and as an applied field. The course provides an integration of physiological, cognitive, social-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, cultural, and evolutionary perspectives. Topics include research methods, the nervous system, perception, learning, thinking, memory, human development, social behavior, emotions, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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FIRS 118
M 2
Intro to Wildland Firefighting
FIRS 118
Units 2
This course meets requirements in the Natural Resources and Fire Technology programs. A review of fire chemistry, equipment and manpower, basic firefighting strategy, methods of attack, pre-planning fire problems, and fire line safety are included in the course. A National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Certificate of Completion (Basic Fire Fighter Training) may be issued after satisfactory completion of this course. Approximately 50 percent of labs will be in the field.
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FTWL 101
M 3
Wildland Fire Behavior
FTWL 101
Units 3
This course of study provides the information necessary to understand wildland fire behavior. The course includes influences that affect basic wildland fire behavior, the seven wildland fire environment factors which must be continuously monitored in making wildland fire behavior predictions, and providing the tools to make spot fire behavior predictions. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Fall Semester, Second Year

14 Units Total
HIST 17A
GE 3
United States History
HIST 17A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is a survey of the history of the United States from Pre-Columbian Peoples to the end of Reconstruction. Topics include contact and settlement of America, the movement toward independence, the formation of a new nation and Constitution, westward expansion and manifest destiny, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This course satisfies the CSU requirement for US History (US-1). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CMST 60
GE 3
Public Speaking
CMST 60
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is an introduction to the process of human communication with emphasis on public speaking. The subjects covered are speech topic selection, audience analysis, information competency (e.g. researching, evaluating and using supporting materials), presentation outlining, principles of effective speech delivery, critical evaluation of speeches, and presentation of informative and persuasive speeches. Most students will have the opportunity to be recorded and to use presentational technology. College level writing skills will be expected on all papers, outlines and short essays. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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FTWO 132
M 2
Int Wldlnd Fire Behavior S-290
FTWO 132
Units 2
Notes:
1. While any student can take this course, for National Wildfire Coordinating Group Certification, the student must meet a complex set of prior training, prior certification, field trainee assignments, previous education requirements and current employees recommendations for certification (as stated in the NWCG 310-1 standards). This document changes frequently. Students shall ensure that they meet the current NWCG 310-1 standards for this course if they desire to receive a course completion certificate. A copy of NWCG 310-1 can be found in the Fire Technology Division Office or at the National Interagency Fire Center Web Site (NIFC.gov).
2. This course may be repeated any number of times for credit by persons who are legally mandated to meet training requirements as a condition of continued paid or volunteer employment.

This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective fireline supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary and should include local conditions affecting fire behavior.
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ESCI 14
M 3
Meteorology
ESCI 14
Units 3
Note: Students may take ESCI 14 without enrollment in ESCI 14L. However, students taking ESCI 14L, a laboratory science, must take ESCI 14 concurrently.

Dynamic aspects of the atmosphere responsible for climate and weather represent the main focus of this course. Topics include atmospheric composition, solar radiation, global heat transfer, atmospheric moisture, pressure and atmospheric circulation, air masses, weather patterns and forecasting, storms including hurricanes and tornadoes, air pollution and ozone, and global climate changes. Applicable fundamental science concepts such as state changes, heat transfer mechanisms, and the physical and chemical aspects of the media involved in weather are also introduced. Further the course will consider influences on the atmosphere that disrupt sustainable, stable climate conditions. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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FTWL 103
M 3
Wildland Fire Operations
FTWL 103
Units 3
This course of study presents the command structure and operational processes for ground and air operations in the control of wildland fires.
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Spring Semester, Second Year

12.5 Units Total
HIST 2
GE 3
World Civilization to 1500 CE
HIST 2
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher

This course is a comparative survey of the major ancient world civilizations which developed between 3500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. It examines political institutions, religious ideologies, the rise and fall of empires, and the major cultural innovations of each of the major world civilizations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CHEM 2A
GE 5
Introduction to Chemistry
CHEM 2A
Units 5
Note: Students must provide those materials which are of continuing value outside of the classroom setting. This cost will be explained at the first class meeting.

This course is a survey of inorganic chemistry and some organic chemistry suitable for agriculture and nursing students. The basic fundamentals of the metric system, chemical nomenclature, atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, energy changes, states of matter, solutions, chemical equilibria and kinetics, and organic functional groups are presented. The quantitative nature of chemistry is developed by introduction of the Avogadro's number and the mole and continuing with stoichiometry, gas law, solution concentrations and pH calculations. The lecture/discussion portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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M
Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
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FTWL 103
M 3
Wildland Fire Operations
FTWL 103
Units 3
This course of study presents the command structure and operational processes for ground and air operations in the control of wildland fires.
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FTWO 128
M 1.5
Field Observer S-244
FTWO 128
Units 1.5
A course of study providing the student with the necessary skills to function as a Field Observer on a wildland fire incident. This course presents an understanding of the various types of maps used in wildland fire control, map scale and use in determining location of wildland fire, topographic maps and how to use them, and be able to perform calculations to determine the size of fire on a map. While any student can take this course, for National Wildland Coordinating Group Certification, the student must meet a complex set of prior training, prior certification, field trainee assignments, previous education requirements and current employees recommendations for certification (as stated in the United States Forest Service NWCG 310-I standards). This document changes frequently. Students shall ensure that they meet the current NWCG 310-I standards for this course if they desire to receive a course completion certificate. A copy of NWCG 310-I can be found in the Fire Technology Division or at the National Interagency Fire Center Web Site (NIFC.gov).
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Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.

*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:

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  • General Studies: Fire – Wildland Fire Behavior AS Degree (PDF)

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Faculty Contact Info
Location Redding Main Campus | Room 129
Degree M.S., University of La Verne

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