Reserve Officers Training Corps 

aerospace studies

Department of Aerospace Studies 

Colonel David C. Smith, U.S. Air Force, Professor and Chair
334 Cate Center Dr.
Cate 4, 4th Floor
Norman, OK 73072-1041
Phone: (405) 325-3211
FAX: (405) 325-1776

For over 50 years,  some of the best and brightest from the University of Oklahoma (OU) Detachment 675 have served their country as pilots, navigators, engineers, doctors, nurses, mathematicians, communications officer, acquisition managers, language specialists and a host of other occupations. Today, that tradition continues for the cadets at the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) Detachment 675 on the Norman campus.

Air Force ROTC offers men and women the opportunity to earn a commission as an Air Force officer while they complete requirements for their first bachelor’s degree. Interested students may join Air Force ROTC during any semester in their first year of college and during the Fall of their second years of college without any obligation or commitment. OU students completing the entire program will also earn a minor in Aerospace studies.

Air Force ROTC is the largest and oldest source of commissioned officers for the U.S. Air Force. Air Force ROTC's stated mission is to produce quality leaders for the U.S. Air Force. Air Force ROTC units are located on 145 college and university campuses with 1,000 additional institutions of higher learning participating in cross-town agreements that allow their students to attend Air Force ROTC classes at a nearby "host" college or university.

Anyone interested in a challenging and rewarding opportunities to study and work with some of our nation’s best women and men should contact the Recruiting Flight Commander at or call us at (405) 325-3211 or visit our web page

Below is a breakdown of the ROTC programs classes, requirements, benefits, scholarship opportunities and special programs.


The General Military Course (GMC) consists of four Air Force ROTC courses and concurrent enrollment in a laboratory section. Each course is one semester hour of credit. Normally, one course is taken each semester of the freshman and sophomore years; however, all four courses can be completed during the sophomore year with permission of the Department Chair. 

Leadership Laboratory

(AERO 1300) Leadership Laboratory is where the theoretical education of other Aerospace Studies classes meets practical use. Before commissioning as an officer, you will put many of the skills you learn into practice, such as counseling, organization and of course leadership. When you commission, you will be prepared for the leadership challenges of a military officer, with both solid theory and practical leadership experience. Leadership Laboratory is taken each semester and complements your AS class.

Here at Detachment 675, Air Force Leadership Laboratory begins the first week of school at the University of Oklahoma. Textbooks are issued the first day of class and uniforms are issued within the first few weeks after class starts.

AS 100 – The Foundations of the United States Air Force
(AERO 1011 Fall and AERO 1021 Spring) This class is an introduction to the Air Force; we will take a broad look at active duty and the lifestyle you can expect while serving as an Air Force officer. This overview gives first-year cadets a chance to learn about the Air Force and help you decide whether the Air Force is the start to the career you want.

AS 200 – The Evolution of Air and Space Power
(AERO 2011 Fall and AERO 2021 Spring) The sophomore year prepares you for the mandatory field training required after the AS 200 year. This class provides a historical look at the Air Force and the application of air and space power from its infancy to modern-day conflict.


You will attend four weeks of field training at a Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery Alabama, between your sophomore(AS 200) and junior years(AS 300). Field training is rigorous both physically and mentally. It includes physical conditioning, weapons and tactical training, plus many opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills that will be invaluable to you throughout your career. The Air Force will pay for your travel to field training, and you will be paid for the time spent in training. After this training, you will become a member of the Professional Officer Course (POC). 


The Professional Officer Course (POC) consists of two full academic years and the successful completion of four upper-division courses and concurrent enrollment in a laboratory section. Admission to this program is restricted to full-time students with at least junior standing. Entry into the Professional Officer Course is competitive and requires completion of field training and the approval of the Professor of Aerospace Studies. Upon completion of entry requirements, students are enlisted in the inactive Air Force Reserve and agree to accept a commission as a second lieutenant subsequent to their graduation from the University. All students enrolled in the Professional Officer Course receive between $300 and $400 per month during the academic year. 

AS 300 – Air Force Leadership and Management
(AERO 3013 Fall and AERO 3023 Spring) Field training marks your transition from followership to leadership. Cadets spend this year in detailed leadership and management studies. This class focuses on leadership theory, interpersonal dynamics, military ethics and management issues. Cadets are also given the opportunity to put these leadership and management lessons into practice as they perform in their cadet wing position.

AS 400- National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty
(AERO 4013 Fall and AERO 4023 Spring) This final class prepares cadets for entry to active duty. You will study national and foreign affairs, national security strategy and current events that affect employment of U.S. military force. You will also survey military conflict as it affects the Air Force and sister service branches. The last semester evaluates the various programs and regulations governing officership in the armed forces and provides final preparation for cadets ready for commissioning.


All requirements must be met for your degree of choice according to the University of Oklahoma, as well as completion of certain courses required by the Air Force.  You must also:

  • Maintain a 2.5 Cumulative and Semester GPA
  • Full time Student every semester (Last semester can be waived)
  • Pass a Physical Fitness Assessment every semester
  • US Citizen or pursuing citizenship
  • Be cleared medically by a Department of Defense medical exam


The Air Force offers a competitive benefits package as compared to other career opportunities upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. Benefits include: 

  • $45,000 Starting salary (based on your geographic location) 
  • tax-free housing and food allowances; 
  • 100 percent of graduate tuition costs; 
  • 30 day vacation with pay each year starting the first year; 
  • comprehensive medical and dental care; 
  • low-cost life insurance; 
  • on-base shopping at reduced prices; 
  • a wide variety of recreational facilities; 
  • the satisfaction of a challenging career serving your country; and 
  • the opportunity to work with some of the best men and women from across the country. 


Not sure how you are going to pay for college? What your hard work in college to be rewarded? Air Force ROTC has a few partial- to full-tuition scholarships available for qualified applicants. For more information and an on-line application visit Many of our cadets are on full tuition scholarships and do not have to work, so they spend time enjoying college instead of worrying about how to pay for college!
You do NOT have to be on scholarship to be part of Air Force ROTC, but wouldn’t it make college more fun?
In addition, all contracted cadets receive a tax-free monthly salary of up to $400 monthly; you are literally being paid to go to school!
Being a member of ROTC also comes with other scholarship, tuition and cash reward opportunities:

  • $5,000 In-State and $11,000 Out of State tuition waivers
  • $10,000 in Annual awards and cash scholarships
  • Paid study abroad programs through Project Go
  • Language pay for select language proficiencies
  • Career Development opportunities during summer


Competitive scholarships are available to high school seniors and high school graduates not enrolled full-time in college. Although the Air Force needs engineering, mathematics, computer science, meteorology, physics, foreign language and nursing majors, many scholarships are also available to those in non-technical degree programs including foreign languages. Students must apply for scholarships online

Applications must be completed before December 1 of your high school senior year; early application is to your advantage. Selection boards convene periodically between October and April. Scholarship applications will be evaluated in the following areas: 

  • SAT or ACT scores; 
  • GPA and class standing; 
  • record of extracurricular activities including leadership activities; 
  • personal interview by an Air Force representative; 
  • meeting appropriate Air Force commissioning standards, including a Department of Defense medical examination; 
  • acceptance and attendance at a college or university offering Air Force ROTC. 

DoD Flagship Scholarships

Have a 3.25 GPA? Studying a language, international relations, geography or any other social science? If accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s Arabic Flagship Program you will be automatically qualified for an AFROTC scholarship upon passing a DoD medical physical.

Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Program

Want to be a lawyer? There are programs for undergraduates and first year law students to be accepted into the JAG corps and complete your law degree.


Students on track for medical school may apply for and if accepted, attend medical school under the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. This program pays for the cost of medical school and also provides the student with a monthly living expense. 


The USUHS is another program that allows you to continue your education by providing four years of medical school to eligible AFROTC cadets. USUHS is a DOD medical school, where students attend for no cost. As an AFROTC cadet accepted to USUHS, you will be assigned to Bethesda, Maryland. In additional to traditional medical training, you will also receive DOD-specific medical training. 

Upon arrival at USUHS, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and be on active duty while attending medical school. You will receive the pay, allowances and benefits of an active duty officer. 


All requirements must be met for a degree according to the University of Oklahoma, as well as completion of certain courses required by the Air Force. 

Air Force ROTC Benefits 

Air Force ROTC can help students with the high cost of earning a college degree. As an Air Force ROTC cadet, you may be entitled to many benefits including: 

  • college tuition, textbooks, laboratory, and incidental fees (for those on scholarship); 
  • monthly tax-free allowance ranging from $300 to $500 for cadets in the Professional Officer Course and scholarship recipients; 
  • free Air Force uniforms and free textbooks for on-campus ROTC and field training courses. (Room, meals and salary are paid during field training.); 
  • management training and opportunities to apply leadership principles; 
  • academic credit for Air Force ROTC classes. (The University of Oklahoma also offers a minor in Aerospace Studies.); 
  • travel on military aircraft on a space-available basis for scholarship recipients and those in the Professional Officer Course; 
  • orientation flights aboard Air Force aircraft; 
  • visits to Air Force bases; 
  • opportunity to delay entering active duty while pursuing a graduate degree; and 
  • a challenging job after graduation as a leader. 

In addition to these benefits, participants appreciate the team spirit that comes with being a member of Air Force ROTC, and enjoy social and extracurricular activities. 


The Air Force offers a competitive benefits package as compared to other career opportunities upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. Benefits include: 

  • a good starting salary with regular pay raises; 
  • tax-free housing and food allowances; 
  • 100 percent of graduate tuition costs; 
  • 30 days vacation with pay each year starting the first year; 
  • comprehensive medical and dental care; 
  • low-cost life insurance; 
  • on-base shopping at reduced prices; 
  • a wide variety of recreational facilities; 
  • the satisfaction of a challenging career serving your country; and 
  • the opportunity to work with some of the best men and women from across the country. 

military science

Department of Military Science 

Lieutenant Colonel T. Kyle Brede, U.S. Army, Professor and Department Chair
290 West Brooks, Room 1
Norman, OK 73019-6021
Phone: (405) 325-3012
FAX: (405) 325-3320

Military Science is an elective course of study that prepares men and women to become Army officers. Upon graduation those who complete their Military Science and degree requirements will be commissioned as second lieutenants and serve as officers in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve. 

The first two years of instruction are open to all students for elective credit and require no military obligation or prerequisites. Upper-level courses and completion of the commissioning program require a military commitment and a period of service after graduation. All courses are college accredited, and are offered during the fall and spring semesters. 


The Basic Course is open to freshman and sophomore students in any major. The course provides leadership and management training as well as an introduction to military organizations, weapons and tactics. Classroom instruction is reinforced by weekly performance-oriented labs. Participation in physical training is required, and is conducted three times a week. 

The Basic Course normally consists of two classes in the freshman year and two in the sophomore year (one each semester). In addition, placement credit for one or more classes may be given for prior (or current) military service, three or more years of JROTC, or attending Basic Camp. Basic Course credit is required for Advanced Course enrollment. 


Advanced Course admission is competitive and requires the student to be fully qualified to receive a commission in the United States Army. It consists of four semesters of Military Science (one class each semester), physical training three days a week, and a four-week summer training session (Advanced Camp). Instruction begins with in-depth study of small unit tactics in the junior year. In the senior year students learn about the contemporary operating environment, ethics, staff functions and organization, the role of the Army, and receive hands-on experience as they plan and lead actual events. 

Enrollment in the advanced course incurs a period of military service after graduation, and entitles students to a stipend of $450 to $500 per month during the school year. In addition, Advanced Course students receive approximately $800 for the required summer training session. 


Cadets cannot major in Military Science, but have the option of adding the Minor in Military Science (N700) to their degree. The Minor in Military Science requires completing (or receiving placement credit for) the Basic Course, the Advanced Course, and a Military History course offered by the Department of Military Science. To enroll in this option students should see their academic counselor.

Basic Camp 

Incoming juniors and graduate students who did not complete the Basic Course may qualify for the Advanced Course by attending a four-week summer camp prior to enrolling in the Advanced Course. This highly focused, military-oriented camp is offered at no charge to qualified applicants, and gives students the requisite knowledge and skills to be successful in the Advanced Course. 

Basic Camp applicants must apply through the Department of Military Science no later than the last day of the school semester. This will allow completion of necessary requirements for attendance. Eligibility requirements include at least two academic years remaining (undergraduate or graduate), US citizenship, 2.0 grade point average, under the age of 30 at graduation, no prior military service, no felony or domestic violence convictions, no more than three dependents, passing a physical exam and passing the Army Physical Fitness Test. 


A number of full scholarships are awarded each year for up to four years of study. Scholarships are awarded under the High School Scholarship Program, the Campus-Based Scholarship Program, and the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship Program. Benefits for all scholarships include: 

  • 100% tuition and all mandatory fees, or room and board; 
  • $1,200 per year book allowance; 
  • $300-$500 monthly stipend. 

Scholarship eligibility minimum requirements include: 

  • US citizenship; 
  • 2.5 GPA (high school or college); 
  • 19 ACT/920 ACT (for freshmen only); 
  • Under age 31 upon graduation; 
  • Passing physical examination; 
  • Passing physical fitness test; 
  • No felony or domestic violence convictions; and 
  • No more than three dependents. 

Campus-Based Scholarship Program 

Two, three, and four year scholarships are available on a competitive basis to incoming students, current students, including graduate students, regardless of current ROTC participation. Application can be made by contacting the Military Science Department. 

High School Scholarship Program 

High school seniors may apply by completing an online application between March 1 and January 10. After completing the application, students should follow the online instructions to mail in their high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Applicants will also be required to take a Physical Fitness Test at their school, and be interviewed by an Army ROTC officer. Scholarship selection is made by a centralized board of Army officers beginning in October. 

Dedicated National Guard (DEDNG) or US Army Reserve (DEDUSAR) Scholarships 

Students currently serving (or soon enlisting) in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves can apply for the Dedicated Reserve component scholarships for either the National Guard or US Army Reserves. With a Dedicated Scholarship Reservists and Guardsmen continue to drill with their current unit while enrolled in Military Science, and receive National Guard or Army Reserve education benefits in addition to the scholarship benefits listed above. Please speak to a scholarship and enrollment officer for full details. Upon graduation, DED scholarship winners will not be considered for Active Duty appointments, and serve their military commitment with part-time service as officers in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. 


The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows enlisted members of the National Guard and Army Reserve to enroll in ROTC courses as a means of earning an officer’s commission. While in the SMP students continue to drill with their current unit while taking Military Science courses, but are given the rank of cadet, are placed in officer trainee positions within their units, receive E-5 drill pay, and are non-deployable for as long as they are in school. SMP cadets receive all the tuition benefits available from the National Guard or Army Reserve in addition to ROTC benefits, such as the monthly stipend and scholarship opportunities. Upon graduation SMP participants have the option of serving on Active Duty, or part-time in the National Guard or Army Reserves.


All students enrolled in Military Science are furnished with necessary military science textbooks, equipment and uniforms at no cost. All advanced course students and scholarship winners are paid a monthly stipend of $350-$500. Advanced course students will receive approximately $800 during the required four-week summer training session between their junior and senior year in the program. 

The OU Army ROTC can provide tuition assistance each year based on merit and need. There are over a dozen other military scholarships and awards, ranging from $50 to $5,00, that students may compete for each year. Award deadlines and requirements vary and require current enrollment in Military Science classes. 


All qualified students who complete their Military Science and degree requirements will be commissioned as second lieutenants in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Graduates serve in any of the 16 basic branches (some, such as Aviation, are subject to additional requirements). 

At the end of the junior year, cadets submit an Officer Assignment Preference statement indicating their choice of component (Active Duty, National Guard, or Army Reserves), basic branch, and preferred duty location. Students receive their choices based on their rank in a national order of merit list, which is based on a number of criteria including grade point average, physical fitness, and performance in Military Science. 


Upon entrance into the Advanced Course a non-scholarship student may request a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty contract to be commissioned into the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Students with Reserve Forces Duty contracts will not be considered for Active Duty appointment, and are only required to be on active duty for a period of 90 to 180 days after graduation. This period will be devoted to attendance at the Basic Officer’s Course; course lengths vary according to military specialty. Following this training, the officer will serve with a Reserve or National Guard unit in his or her community. 


Cadets studying any of 70 languages designated by the Department of the Army as “critical” can receive up to $2,500 each year for receiving passing grades. Current languages eligible for the bonus pay include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and over 60 more. This program is eligible to Basic Course and Advanced Course cadets. To apply, students must submit a proposal to the Professor of Military Science at the beginning of the semester. Bonuses are paid at the end of the semester in which a successful grade was achieved.


Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of Army ROTC. Each year students compete for a spot on an eight-man team to compete against other colleges in a series of military events. Events include a 12-mile foot march; rifle marksmanship; day and night land navigation; first aid; an obstacle course; an Army Physical Fitness Test; and building a one-rope bridge. Try-outs are rigorous, and the training requires a commitment of additional time and dedication. Winners of regional competitions go on to compete at the national level against ROTC departments from across the country. 


Each summer selected students who are enrolled in Military Science have the opportunity to attend Airborne, Air Assault, and Mountain Warfare training conducted by the US Army at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and Ft. McKoy, Wisconsin. Those who successfully complete the courses are awarded military credit, including the Army Parachutist Badge or Air Assault Badge. Students participate in these courses on the same basis as Army soldiers, and should expect a rigorous curriculum of physical activity and strict discipline for the two or three week duration of the courses. 

Selection for these schools is competitive and requires previous enrollment in Military Science classes. Students receive free airfare to and from each course, as well as an allowance of approximately $39 per day of the course.


Qualified veterans may receive Basic Course credit enabling them to complete Army commissioning requirements in two years in the Advanced Course. Veterans receive the same benefits as other students in addition to their GI Bill and VA benefits. Veterans, as well as current Army Reserve and National Guard soldier/students, are also eligible to compete for scholarships. 


The Green to Gold program allows enlisted soldiers currently on active duty with outstanding leadership potential to earn a college degree and officer’s commission. Selected applicants are released from their active duty commitment (or, in some cases, continue to stay on Active Duty status) for the purpose of attending college full-time for at least two years to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of their choice. Options include two, three, and four-year scholarships; a two-year non-scholarship option; and the two-year Active Duty Option. 

Scholarship Option 

Under the Scholarship Option a soldier is released from Active Duty to attend college full-time, regardless of the time remaining on their enlistment contract. Scholarship winners are given a full scholarship (see Scholarship Benefits) for up to four years of study in their chosen major, and upon graduation are commissioned as second lieutenants in either the active Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard. Requirements include those listed under Scholarship Eligibility as well as additional military qualifications, but does not require any previous college-level work. 

Scholarships are awarded once each year through a centralized selection process, allowing students to enter college full-time in either the fall or spring semester. Applications are submitted to the US Army Cadet Command with application deadlines of February 1. Interested students should contact the Military Science Department for assistance. 

Non-Scholarship Option 

Under the Non-Scholarship Option a soldier is released from Active Duty to attend college full-time, regardless of the time remaining on their enlistment contract, but is not given a scholarship. Other means of financing available are the GI Bill, financial aid and loans available to other students, and participation in the Simultaneous Membership Program. Upon graduation students are commissioned as second lieutenants in either the active Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard. Requirements include two years of college work with a 2.0 minimum grade point average, under the age of 39 upon graduation, and certain military qualifications. 

Non-scholarship students may begin college full-time in either the fall or spring semester. Application is made through the Military Science Department no later than November 15 and June 15. 

Active Duty Non-Scholarship Option 

Under the Active Duty Option selected soldiers remain on Active Duty status, with all current pay and benefits, and attend college full-time to complete a bachelors or master's degree. Upon graduation students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Active Army for a minimum of three years. Selection is very competitive and requires two years of college work with a 2.5 minimum grade point average, under the age of 39 upon graduation, and certain military qualifications. 

Active Duty Option students continue to receive all current military pay, allowances and benefits, but are responsible for their own college costs. The Army Tuition Assistance Program is not available for these students, but they may elect to use their GI Bill benefits as well as traditional loans and financial aid available to other students. 

Active Duty Option appointments are made once a year through a centralized selection process, with students entering college full-time in the fall semester. Applications are submitted to the US Army Cadet Command with an application deadline of February 1. Interested students should contact the Military Science Department for assistance. 


Army ROTC provides a pathway to becoming an Army doctor (including dentists and veterinarians) in specialties ranging from Anesthesiology and Cardiology to Radiology and Vascular Surgery. Cadets with pre-med majors receive the same training—with the same requirements—as every other cadet while they complete ROTC. Upon graduation they are commissioned as second lieutenants, but instead of immediately beginning their officer service, cadets who are accepted into a medical school may delay their military obligation until completion of the medical training, at which time they enter service as officers in the Army Medical (Dental, or Veterinarian) Corps.
After completing a bachelor’s degree, opportunities for fully-funded medical training are available under two programs: the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). The HPSP scholarship can be used at any accredited medical school in the United States, and includes full tuition and a stipend of over $2000 per month. USUHS is a DOD medical school located in Bethesda, MD, and offers free tuition plus second lieutenant pay, benefits and allowances for all four years of school.

naval science

Department of Naval Science 

Captain Lyle Hall, U.S. Navy, Professor and Chair
290 West Brooks St., Room 12
Norman, OK 73019-4102
Phone: (405) 325-2021
FAX: (405) 325-7639

The Naval ROTC is a highly competitive program maintained for one purpose — to educate and train qualified men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. The officer’s commission is earned by the successful completion of degree requirements in the student’s chosen academic field of study, and the completion of the naval science curriculum. The increasingly technical complexion of today’s military prompts many NROTC midshipmen to enroll in demanding majors that will place them at the forefront of tomorrow's technology. The Naval ROTC program consists of specific naval technical courses, University courses, and leadership development seminars. No military obligation is incurred until a student accepts a scholarship. In addition to their diploma at graduation, a NROTC graduate is commissioned and placed on active duty as a leader, as well as the exciting opportunity to proudly serve our country as a naval aviator, submarine officer, surface warfare officer, special warfare officer (SEAL) or Marine officer. 

The military commander of a Naval ROTC Unit is either a Captain in the Navy or a Colonel in the Marine Corps. As the Professor of Naval Science, he is also a member of the University faculty. The University of Oklahoma has the only Naval ROTC program in the State. 


Naval Science courses are open to all accepted University of Oklahoma students. The courses are accredited. 


Applicants for the Naval ROTC Officer Accession Program must be within age requirements, accepted by the University, and physically qualified. Additionally, the individuals should have demonstrated a satisfactory record of moral integrity, scholarship, and participation in extracurricular activities, and should manifest potential officer characteristics. Students accepted for the Officer Accession Program must have no moral obligation or personal convictions that would prevent them from conscientiously bearing arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. 

To qualify, the applicant must be at least 17 years of age on or before September 1 of the year of enrollment and less than 27 years of age on June 30 of the calendar year in which he/she is commissioned. The Professor of Naval Science may request an age waiver for applicants who will be older than 27. Applicants who have prior active duty military service may be eligible for age waivers for the amount of time equal to their prior service, on a month-for-month basis for a maximum of 36 months. 


The objective of the Naval ROTC scholarship is to attract high quality individuals who have the academic, military aptitude, and physical fitness potential to become regular commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. Scholarships are available in four-, three-, and two-year lengths and are awarded on a nationally competitive basis. The scholarship, regardless of length, pays all tuition, a textbook stipend, fees of an instructional nature, and a subsistence allowance of $250 or more per month. Midshipmen also receive pay during summer training periods. Scholarship students become midshipmen and are expected to maintain a 2.50 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Midshipmen who are majoring in a scientific or engineering field may be authorized an additional scholarship year. 

Four-Year Scholarships 

Scholarships are available to students who have graduated from high school before August 1 of the year the student intends to start college. Applications must be submitted by December 31. The four-year scholarship is awarded annually. The competitive selection process includes such factors as grade point average, high school class standing, difficulty of high school curriculum, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, and leadership activities. 

Three- and Two-Year Scholarships 

Available to students who, while members of the Naval ROTC Unit, have demonstrated they possess superior academic, military aptitude, and physical fitness qualities. Recommendations are made semi-annually. For students who are not members of the unit, see a description of the two-year program (Naval Science Institute). 


A Naval ROTC College Program is offered for students who want to pursue an opportunity to serve their country in leadership roles as Navy or Marine Corps officers. 

Applicants for the College Program are chosen by the Professor of Naval Science from students selected for admission to, or already in attendance at, the University. Uniforms and all books required for Naval Science courses taken by College Program students are paid for by the unit. If accepted into advanced standing (junior and senior years), they will receive $350-$400 per month for a maximum of 20 academic months. College Program students may gain scholarship status by competing for three- and two-year scholarships. 


These programs are available for qualified students who are interested in medical training and receiving an officer's commission in the United States Navy Medical or Nurse Corps. 


Students receiving a Naval ROTC scholarship are granted compensation and benefits. A subsistence allowance of $250 or more per month, pay during summer training periods, a stipend for textbooks, uniforms, tuition, and fees of an instructional nature are paid by the scholarship. Non-scholarship students (College Program) receive $350-$450 monthly, uniforms, and Naval Science textbooks once the student has been accepted into advanced standing (junior and senior years). 


Consists of enrollment in entry level 1000 and 2000 Naval Science courses concurrent with the weekly leadership development seminar to provide the student with an introductory knowledge of the naval service. Normally, one course is taken each semester of the freshman and sophomore years. For sophomores not enrolled the freshman year in Naval ROTC, the freshman courses may be taken concurrently with the sophomore Naval Science Courses. 


Consists of enrollment in Naval Science 3000- and 4000-level courses and continued enrollment in the weekly leadership development seminar. For non scholarship students, entry into advanced standing is via a national selection process based on the student's academic, military aptitude, and physical fitness record. 


Midshipmen students, on a voluntary basis, may participate in a diversified field of unit-sponsored activities. These include sailing precision drill teams, color guard, rifle and pistol team, intramural athletics, endurance team, unit publications such as the “Flaghoist,” midshipmen social and professional organizations, and fleet orientation trips. Participation in extracurricular activities is not limited solely to those areas sponsored by the Naval ROTC unit. Midshipmen are encouraged to participate in a broad spectrum of University activities. 


Summer training is provided to midshipmen in fleet units worldwide. The training is for the individual's introduction and participation in fleet operations. Additionally, such training assists the midshipmen in requesting a military specialty prior to commissioning. 

Scholarship students, between their freshman and sophomore years, participate in a four-week career orientation program in which a week is spent each with Naval Aviation, Submarine Force, Surface Force, and the Marine Corps. Between their sophomore and junior years, Midshipmen attend a four-week cruise on various commands throughout the fleet serving in the capacity of enlisted sailors.  During the period between the junior and senior years, they participate in a four-week cruise on various maritime platforms in various areas of the world serving in the capacity of junior officers. For the Marine Corps option midshipmen, four weeks of training is conducted at Quantico, Virginia. Funds are provided to the individual for summer training. 


Midshipmen may request delayed active duty to complete graduate studies. Current emphasis is on scientific and engineering fields. 

Career Opportunities 

The qualified young men and women who complete the Naval ROTC Program at the University will not have to worry about seeking employment after graduation. Upon graduation, midshipmen are commissioned as officers in either the Navy or Marine Corps, and during their final semester are allowed to choose their military specialty from among those fields for which they are qualified. Navy ensigns can select a career in aviation, surface warfare, nuclear submarines, or special warfare. The Marine Corps second lieutenants have a choice between aviation and ground fields, including infantry, artillery, armor, communication-electronics, combat engineering, intelligence, air control, computer systems, logistics and administration. 


Naval Science Courses 
First Year—Naval Science 1132, 1133, 0110*. 
Second Year (Navy Option) —Naval Science 2113, 2133, 0110*. 
Second Year (Marine Option) —Naval Science 2113, 0110*. 
Third Year (Navy Option) —Naval Science 3223, 3433, 0110*. 
Third Year (Marine Option) —Naval Science 3333, 0110*. 
Fourth Year (Navy Option) —Naval Science 4433, 4633, 0110*. 
Fourth Year (Marine Option) —Naval Science 4443, 4633, 0110*. 
*Must be scheduled each semester. 

Additional Courses (Scholarship Students) 
Engineering Calculus — MATH 1823 and 2423. 
Calculus-Based Physics — PHYS 2514 and 2524. 
American Military History or National Security Policy (one course). 
Non Western Culture focusing on Third World Cultures (one course).