Waubonsee's fire science program is certified by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, and classes are taught by experienced fire fighters. It is headquartered at our Plano Campus, with classes being offered there as well as at the Montgomery and Yorkville Fire Departments. Some classes are also offered online.
Important Information for Degree Seekers
Some fire science courses are offered just once each year. Students should plan ahead so as to graduate on time. Check with Counseling or call the Dean for Technology, Mathematics and Physical Sciences for more information.
Fire science students should gain employment at a fire department or volunteer with a department as soon as possible. This will allow them to complete the practical examinations associated with some courses and gain the corresponding state certifications.
Fire fighters having earned the appropriate certifications issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) may request proficiency credit for Waubonsee fire science courses. It is possible to earn an associate degree by taking as few as 15 credit hours of general education course requirements at our college.
Note: Waubonsee does not award proficiency credit for coursework taken at training facilities such as the Southern Kane County Training Association or the Illinois Fire Service Institute. However, the associated OSFM certifications are accepted.