Completion of this major prepares one to assume the responsibilities of a firefighter, and ultimately, those of a fire officer.
The requirement for admission to this degree-track is a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0.
New: enroll in this program and NJCU will grant up to 15 credits toward the degree for qualified New Jersey Division of Fire Safety professional certifications! Learn more.
A Bachelor of Science degree is an increasingly valuable asset if you would like to advance in the fire science field.
NJCU offers the only university-based fire science program in New Jersey and one of a handful in the country. The curriculum is designed to develop outstanding career fire officers and fire service professionals.
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A seasoned leader, Walter Nugent began his career as a volunteer at the North Arlington Fire Department in 1986 before joining the Maplewood Fire Department in 1994. There, he rose through the ranks, serving as captain and later deputy chief, the position he held until his retirement in the spring of 2019. Since 2017, Nugent has served as an adjunct Fire Science professor at NJCU, where he is also an alumnus. Nugent earned a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science from NJCU and a Master of Public Administration from Kean University. He also holds multiple New Jersey fire service and construction inspection licenses and certifications. Nugent is a Certified Fire Investigator with the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator with the National Association of Fire Instigators (NAFI).