Harper College

Fire Science Technology

Be a first responder

The Harper College fire science technology program is recognized as one of the top fire service-oriented programs in Illinois.  Led by area firefighters, our program is designed to meet today’s industry standards.  

The Harper College Fire Science program focuses on the foundational firefighter curriculum set by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) as well as operational firefighter skills using both classroom and hands-on teaching methods.

This program prepares you for a career in the fire service as well as the fire department application process.  Our program will also prepare you for positions in fire prevention, insurance investigation, fire investigation, hazardous materials spills, and public education.

Current fire service professionals may use Harper credentials for career advancement to the rank of lieutenant, captain, battalion chief or deputy chief. We also offering Firefighter Professional Development Courses that are approved by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal.  The curriculum is suitable for the seasoned firefighter, as well as individuals wishing to explore the fire service as a new career.

Many of the courses articulate with the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal and count toward the requirements for our Fire Science and Technology Program.  

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Fire science career options

Learn more about a career in fire science on our Program Highlights page.

Continue your studies

After completing the A.A.S. degree in Fire Science, you can continue your studies and earn a bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management from SIU -- right on Harper's campus. Learn more at the University Center.

Explore Fire Science Technology Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Fire Science Technology degree programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Fire Science Technology Careers page.


Next steps

For more information about starting your career at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Fire Science Technology Program News

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We Are Harper: Jeanine Liska

"This career will not be handed to you on a silver platter. I had to work hard to achieve my dreams and I love being able to help my students achieve theirs." – Jeanine Liska, Fire Science Technology Alumni, Faculty and Firefighter/Paramedic at Schaumburg Fire Department Read More

Last Updated: 5/3/24