The Fire Science Department is the only university-based fire science program in New Jersey and one of only a few in the nation. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree, an increasingly valuable asset for individuals seeking fire service careers, advancement to officer and chief positions in fire service. Students enjoy the opportunity to study with and learn from firefighter/scholars, who are all active and newly retired fire service professionals, fire officers and firefighters. Nationally and regionally renowned experts in the various firefighting specialties serve as instructors and guest lecturers throughout the semester. The Department was created by fire-educators to advance the education of fire personal and the profession.