It is possible that when selecting the correct courses when working toward the Associate in Science degree, a student is meeting the requirements for the intended transfer university. For UC and CSU campuses, you can use Assist.org. We always recommend you speak with your counselor before enrolling to ensure that the course you will be taking will meet your requirements for the UC you will be attending.
Yes, there are general studies. Obtaining the Associate in Science Degree requires 60 units towards your educational goal, including general ed and at least 30 units in the specific major such as Associate in Science.
A student can move on to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science. With this degree, you can pursue careers in firefighting, fire supervisor, or fire inspector. Some agencies offer higher salaries with a higher degree vs. those with associates or certifications. There are some programs where you can concentrate on areas such as fire service administration or fire safety. Essentially it will prepare you for a specialized career.