Military Science is a four-year program of instruction, divided into a two-year Basic Course and a two-year Advanced Course. The first year (Military Science I) addresses the role of individuals through instruction and practical training in the areas of physical training, marksmanship, first aid, map reading, U.S. weapons and leadership. The second year (Military Science II) builds upon the first, through the development of more advanced individual skills such as land navigation, basic individual combat techniques and small unit tactics and leadership. Students can take any Military Science course without commitment to military service upon degree completion.
After his or her sophomore year, a student is eligible to enroll into the remaining Army ROTC courses if he or she has taken the first four Army ROTC courses, transfers from another ROTC program, has completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, or completes the Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. However, students seeking a minor in military studies may enroll in any Army ROTC course available during each semester; regardless of their intent to serve as an officer upon degree completion.
Students seeking commissions as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army are required to successfully complete the Enhanced Skills Training Program (ESTP), one of 10 designated military history courses and both LDAC and ROTC Advanced Course training. Students are highly encouraged to take courses in mathematical reasoning (Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics), computer science, natural science (Biology, Geology, Chemistry or Physics), human behavior, management, and national security affairs to better prepare themselves for their futures as Army officers.