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Air Force ROTC - Detachment 158

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of South Florida (USF) is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become an Air Force officer while completing a degree. The Air Force ROTC program is designed to prepare you to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force. Air Force ROTC offers two routes to an Air Force commission at over 700 institutions throughout the contiguous United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico--the Air Force ROTC Three- and Four-Year Programs.

USF Air Force ROTC web site

Minor in Aerospace Studies

In order for the student to minor in Aerospace Studies a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses used to satisfy the minor. A minimum of 12 semester hours of the 16 semester hours required must be earned at USF. Grades less than "C" (GPA of 2.0) or "S" grades will not be accepted. Students will not be able to use credit through exam or independent study for application to the minor. This program will provide the student an understanding of management and leadership concepts as they relate to military officers. In addition, students will analyze the evolution of American defense policy and strategy. Special emphasis is placed on developing the student´s communication skills.

Specific Course Requirements for the Minor:

  1. Total credit hours required: 16
  2. Required courses:
    AFR 3220 Air Force Leadership and Management I (3)
    AFR 3231 Air Force Leadership and Management II (3)
    AFR 4201 National Security Affairs and Preparation for Activity Duty I (3)
    AFR 4211 National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty II (3)
  3. Other specifications: combination of 4 credit hours from any of the military elective courses below:
    AFR 1101 Foundation of the United States Air Force Part I (1)
    AFR 1120 Foundation of the United States Air Force Part II (1)
    AFR 2130 The Evolution of USAF Aerospace Power Part 1 (1)
    AFR 2140 The Evolution of USAF Aerospace Power Part 2 (1)
    AFR 2940 Basic Aerospace Internship
  4. Optional Courses:
    MSL 1001C Leadership in the Army Profession (2)
    MSL 1002C Leadership Models and Methods (2)
    MSL 2101C Individual Leadership Studies (2)
    MSL 2102C Leadership in Changing Environments (2)
    MSL 3201C Leading Teams (3)
    MSL 3202C Leading Small Units (3)
    MSL 4302C Preparing for Army Leadership (3)


Army ROTC - Suncoast Battalion

The Department of Military Science for Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) was established to select and prepare students to serve as officers in the Regular and Reserve components of the United States Army. The curriculum is designed to develop the students' leadership potential, as well as improve the students' planning, organizing, and managerial skills.

USF Army ROTC web site

Minor in Military Science

The minor in Military Science entails a 18-hour program organized and coordinated through the Department of Military Science. A minimum of 14 of the 18 hours must be earned at USF and the student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the minor. A minimum grade of "C" or better must be maintained in each course. "S" grades will not be accepted. This program is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of Army leadership doctrine and the fundamental principles by which Army leaders act to accomplish their mission. This minor lays out a leadership framework that allows students to apply leadership concepts learned in the classroom. Additional emphasis is placed on character development, oral and written communication, physical and mental fitness, and military small unit operations.

Required courses: (Total of 14 Credit Hours)
MSL 3201C Adaptive Team Leadership (3)
MSL 3202C Leadership in Changing Environments (3)
MSL 4301C Developing Adaptive Leaders (3)
MSL 4302C Leadership in a Complex World (3)
MSL 2900* Army Physical Readiness (1)
*repeated for two semesters; may be repeated up to four semesters, however only two credits will count toward minor

Other specifications: combination of 4 credit hours from any of the military elective courses below:
MSL 1001C Leadership and Personal Development (2)
MSL 1002C Introduction to Tactical Leadership (2)
MSL 2101C Innovative Team Leadership (2)
MSL 2102C Foundations of Tactical Leadership (2)
MSL 2901 Basic Leader Training (4)
MSL 4930 Advanced Directed Study and Research (1-3)
AFR 1101 The Air Force Today: Organization and Doctrine (1)
AFR 1120 The Air Force Today: Structure and Roles (1)
AFR 2130 U.S. Air Power: Ascension to Prominence (1)
AFR 2140 U.S. Air Power: Key to Deterrence (1)
AFR 3220 Air Force Leadership and Management I (3)
AFR 3231 Air Force Leadership and Management II (3)
AFR 4201 National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society I (3)
AFR 4211 National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society II (3)


Naval ROTC

The Naval Science Program at the University of South Florida is administered by the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit. This program affords selected men and women the opportunity to receive instruction in Navy specified courses which, in conjunction with the baccalaureate degree, will qualify them for a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. Students enrolled in the university who are physically and mentally qualified are eligible to apply for the NROTC program. As naval officers, USF NROTC graduates become eligible for varied careers, serving in aviation squadrons, on surface ships, on submarines in the nuclear power programs, at naval installations all over the world, or in the numerous sub-specialties as an officer of the Marines Corps.

With the consent of the professor of naval science, any student not enrolled in the NROTC program is eligible for enrollment in naval science courses. The USF NROTC Unit offers participation through four programs: (1) the Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship Program, (2) the Navy-Marine Corps College Program, (3) the Two-Year NROTC College Program, and (4) the Two-Year NROTC Scholarship Program.

USF Naval ROTC web site

Minor in Naval Science and Leadership

The minor in Naval Science and Leadership entails an 18-hour program organized and coordinated through the Department of Naval Science. A minimum of 14 of the 18 credit hours must be earned at USF and the student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the minor. A minimum grade of "C" or better must be maintained in each course. "S" grades will not be accepted. This program is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of Naval leadership doctrine and the fundamental principles by which Navy and Marine Corps leaders act to accomplish their mission. The minor lays out a framework by which the Navy and Marine Corps conduct routine operations and planning and it also provides a foundation in design theory with a practical application to naval platforms and weapon systems. Special emphasis is placed on character development and effective communication skills.

Required courses: (Total of 12 Credit Hours)
NSC 1110 Introduction to Naval Science (3)
NSC 1140 Sea Power and Maritime Affairs (3)
NSC 2231 Principles of Naval Management I (3)
NSC 4232 Principles of Naval Management II (3)

Other specifications: combination of 6 credit hours from any of the naval science courses below:
NSC 2121 Naval Ship Systems I (3)
NSC 2212C Navigation/Naval Operations I: Navigation (3)
NSC 2221 Evolution of Warfare (3)
NSC 3123 Naval Ship Systems II (3)
NSC 3214C Navigation/Naval Operations II: Seamanship and Ship Operations (3)
NSC 4224 Amphibious Warfare (3)







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