Fire Science

Fire Science

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The New Jersey City University Fire Science Department prepares students to save lives by shaping them into outstanding firefighters and fire officers. We are the only university program in New Jersey and only one of a few in the United States. With a bachelor of science program and a Fire Safety Manager Certification program, the Fire Science Department trains new and experienced fire service professionals to become invaluable public safety assets.

Our curriculum comprises coursework that is critical to developing effective firefighters. Fire science is a dynamic field, and we assess and update our curriculum regularly to ensure it reflects the most relevant and current research. You will study from textbooks recognized by the New Jersey Department of Personnel to ensure you are well prepared for fire service promotional exams.

Fire Science students learn from active and retired professionals with decades of fire science and emergency work experience to share. A retired director of operations from the World Trade Center, a battalion chief and a retired fire department commissioner are among our first-rate instructors. We complement their expertise with guest lectures by nationally renowned experts.  As a Fire Science student, you will have exceptional access to your instructors, as the student/faculty ratio is low and our instructors are passionate about your education.

The Bachelors of Science degree in Fire Science is available at our satellite location NJCU@Wall, in Monmouth County, for more information on the Wall campus click here.

The requirements for admission to this degree track are:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5
  • Completion of at least 42 credits, including the All University Requirements and the following specific prerequisite courses:
  • FS 140, Introduction to Fire Science
  • Declaration of major upon completion of the above requirements 

Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits at NJCU, in addition to above requirements prior to declaring a major.


Contact: Anthony Avillo (
Phone: (201)200-3592
Fax: (201)200- 4708
Location: Professional Studies Building, Room 451


Click the button below for suggested courses to follow and complete, term-by-term, to make it easier to understand how to graduate in four years within your major. Degree Maps are used to assist you and your advisor with planning your academic path to graduation. Use this guide to discuss your academic plan and course selections with your advisor.

It is important to note that each student's specific program of study could, and likely will, look different. At NJCU, our goal is to customize the Degree Map to fit your situation. Consult with your advisor for the path that is best for you.