Fire Science, B.S.

Completion of this major prepares one for a career in the Fire Service and related industries. It also prepares one to be firefighters and fire officers. In the Fire Protection industry, completion of this major prepares one for code enforcement, fire investigation, and fire protection systems. Our majors are also prepared for fire-related private industry. 

The 2.0 minimum overall GPA and a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the major are requirements for continuation in the major as well as for graduation.

Students concentrating in Fire Science will be required to complete 39 semester hours in Fire Science Courses in residence at NJCU.

Requirement Courses 1
FS 140Introduction to Fire Science3
FS 150Introduction to Engine Company Operations3
FS 151Introduction to Ladder Company Operations3
FS 336Firefighting Tactics3
FS 342Building Construction3
FS 435Problems in Fire Engineering3
FS 365Fire Officer Company Management3
FS 436Firefighting Strategies3
FS 464Fire Department Organization & Administration3
Electives Courses: Select a Minimum of 12 Credits 2
FS 137Emergency Personnel Fitness3
FS 241Fire Prevention & Related Codes3
FS 243Fire Detection & Suppression Systems3
FS 334Fire Investigation & Arson3
FS 344Hazardous Materials3
FS 431Transportation & Industrial Fire Hazards3
Work/Study Cooperative Education (2-6 credits)
Portfolio/Certification Review (1-6 credits)
Total Credits39
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
FS 140 Introduction to Fire Science 3
FS 137 Emergency Personnel Fitness 3
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4
MATH 114
Contemporary Mathematics
or Statistics I
3
General Education Tier I Course 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College *first time freshmen only 1
 Credits17
Semester 2
FS 151 Introduction to Ladder Company Operations (Spring Only) 3
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Semester 1
FS 150 Introduction to Engine Company Operations 3
FS 200- or 300-level Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
FS 200- or 300-level Course 1 3
FS 200- or 300-level Course 1 3
General Education Tier III Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Junior
Semester 1
FS 200- or 300-level Course 1 3
FS 200- or 300-level Course 1 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
FS 200- or 300-level Course 1 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Senior
Semester 1
FS 300- or 400-level Course 3
FS 300- or 400-level Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
FS 365 Fire Officer Company Management ((Spring Only)) 3
FS 435 Problems in Fire Engineering ((Spring Only)) 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Fire Science BS program, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to communicate clearly and concisely (orally and/or in writing) regarding current critical emergency service issues.
  2. Evaluate the role of risk management in the proper formulation of effective tactics and strategies to safely and successfully mitigate fire and emergency events.
  3. Appraise and analyze building construction in terms of structural limitations and collapse / fire spread potential.
  4. Utilize available technology and/or software to research and analyze date to create solutions to enhance decision-making on the emergency ground.
  5. Apply ethical reasoning and analysis to the decision-making process in regard to personnel and resource management.
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