Environmental Science – Wildland Fire Science, AAS & Certificate

 

Associate of Applied Science
WILDLAND FIRE SCIENCE
(El Rito)

This program is designed to prepare you for a career as a Wildland Fire Fighter. The program provides entry- and advanced-level fire fighting skills in areas such as safety, firefighter preparedness, tools and equipment, firing devices, use of water, fire suppression, securing the control line and the use of maps, scouting, hazardous materials, and standards for survival. This program is also targeted for logistics and financial/ administration positions, helicopter manager, and single resource positions in the incident command system. All of the Wildland Fire Science courses meet the USDA Forest Service standards for trained fire fighters.

GENERAL EDUCATION (19 crs)

Area I: Communications (9 crs)

  • ENG 111 English Composition I (3)
  • SPCH 130 Public Speaking (3)
  • ENG 116 Technical Writing (3)

Area II & III: Math/Computers/Lab Sciences (11 crs)

  • ES 112 Introduction to Environmental Science (3)
  • ES 112L Introduction to Environmental Science lab (1)
  • BCIS 102 Computer Literacy (3)
  • MATH 130 Intermediate Algebra (4)

Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 crs)

  • PSY 105 General Psychology (3)
  • Electives (2)

Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 crs)

  • HUM 100 FYE: History and Culture of Northern New Mexico
  • PHIL 220 Ethics(3)

Area VI: Library Technology (1 cr)

  • LT 101 Library Research Skills (1)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (38.5 crs)

  • ES 137 OSHA Hazmat First Responder (1.5)
  • ES 203 Introduction to GIS/GPS & Cartography (2)
  • ES 103 Introduction to Natural Resource Management (3)
  • ES 120 Forest and Range Ecology (3 cr)
  • WFS 130 Basic Wildland Fire Fighter Training
    (includes S-190 I-100 and L-180) (3)
  • WFS 260 Incident Business Management (1)
  • WFS 270 Basic Air Operations (1)
  • WFS 134 Lookouts, Communication, Escape Routes & Safety Zones (1)
  • WFS 131 Advanced Fire Fighter Training (1ncludes S-131) (1)
  • WFS 280 Followership to Leadership (L-280) (1.5)
  • WFS 215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface (3)
  • WFS 271 Helicopter Crew Member (3)
  • WFS 290 Fundamentals of Fire Behavior (2)
  • WFS 234 Ignition Operations (2)
  • WFS 230 Crew Boss (2.25)
  • WFS 211 Portable Pumps and Water Use (2)
  • WFS 212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws (3)
  • WFS 231 Engine Boss (1)
  • WFS 232 Dozer Boss (S-232) (1.25)
  • WFS 200 Incident Commander Type 4 (1)

TOTAL CREDITS 70.5

Certificate
WILDLAND FIRE SCIENCE

This program prepares you for entry-level employment in Wildland Fire Management. It provides entry-level fire suppression and management skills. The student develops efficiency and performance in safety, ethical decision-making, communications, aviation, business management, fire line tactics, water hydraulics, chainsaw operation, and recognition of environmental factors affecting start and spread of wildland fires.

The certificate is targeted towards operational Incident Command positions. Completion of this certificate provides the student with the background needed to pursue an Associate Degree in Wildland Fire Science.

GENERAL EDUCATION (8 cr)

Area I. Communications (4 cr)

  • ENG 109N Basic Composition II (4)

Area II. Mathematics (4 cr)

  • MATH 102N Basic Algebra (4) OR
  • MATH 103N (4) or higher level math.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (21.75 cr)

  • ES 137 OSHA Hazmat First Responder (1.5)
  • WFS 130 Basic Wildland Fire Fighter Training
    (includes S-190, I-100 and L-180) (3)
  • WFS 260 Incident Business Management (1)
  • WFS 270 Basic Air Operations (1)
  • WFS 134 Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes & Escape Zones (1)
  • WFS 131 Advanced Fire Fighter Training (S-131) (.5)
  • WFS 280 Followership to Leadership (1.5)
  • WFS 215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface (3)
  • WFS 290 Fundamentals of Fire Behavior (2)
  • WFS 211 Portable Pumps and Water Use (2)
  • WFS 212 Chain Saws (3)
  • WFS 230 Crew Boss (2.25)

TOTAL CREDITS: 29.75

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