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Naval Science - Navy ROTC

Location/Phone: BEH 301
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Web Address: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/nrotc/nrotc.htm
Email Address: naval@nrotc.usf.edu

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, although 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.

The Navy-Marine Four-Year Scholarship Program—The NROTC Scholarship Program is open to young men and women of all races, creeds, and national origin who are United States citizens. Students are selected on their own merit to become officers in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Scholarship students are appointed Midshipmen, U.S. Navy Reserve. The Navy pays for tuition, fees, textbooks, uniforms, and a monthly subsistence allowance of up to $400.00 for four years. Scholarship students are normally selected through national competition during their senior year in high school. Each year, ten professor of naval science scholarships are available through a competitive selection process to Black and Hispanic students with academic potential who have yet to demonstrate their performance in a college environment or who have completed at least one, but not more than two semesters of course work at the university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and with no grade below “C”. Although it is not a requirement, a student in the NROTC Scholarship Program is encouraged to pursue a major in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, or physics to meet the technological requirements of the Navy. Other fields of study for a major leading to a baccalaureate degree are permitted, with the approval of the professor of naval science. Regardless of the major, every scholarship student must complete one year of physics and one year of calculus.

Students must include certain Navy specified courses in their program and complete a program of courses as prescribed by the professor of naval science. Upon graduation, and successful completion of the naval science curriculum, the midshipman will receive a reserve commission as Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve or Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and serve on active duty for a minimum of four years.

The Navy-Marine Corps College Program—The NROTC College Program is designed to train and educate well-qualified young men and women for commissioning. Selected students are appointed as midshipmen in the Naval Reserve prior to commencement of the advanced course in the junior year. The Navy pays for uniforms and naval science textbooks all during the four-year period, and during the junior and senior years, pays the midshipman up to $400.00-per-month subsistence allowance. Each student is selected for enrollment in the program on the basis of past academic performance, potential, personal interviews, and a physical examination. A college program midshipman only acquires a military service obligation after entering the advanced courses at the beginning of the junior year.

Although there are no restrictions on the major college program students may pursue, it is highly recommended that they pursue a course of study similar to that of scholarship students. Students must also include in their program certain Navy specified courses and a program of courses in naval science. Students, upon graduation and successful completion of the naval science curriculum, receive a Reserve commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve or a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and serve on active duty for a minimum of three years.

Two-Year NROTC College Program (Non-Scholarship)—The USF NROTC offers a two-year non-scholarship program which is designed specifically for students commencing their third year of college, who were not enrolled in the NROTC program during their freshman and sophomore years. Applications must be submitted during the sophomore year by the first of March to permit processing, personal interviews, and a physical examination. Qualifications for acceptance to this program include demonstrated ability to complete college level science and math courses. Upon acceptance into this program, the student attends a six-week intensive course at the Naval Science Institute in Newport, Rhode Island, in the summer prior to commencing the junior year of study. Students in a five-year engineering curriculum may attend the institution between their third and fourth years. The six-week summer course qualifies the student for enrollment in the NROTC program at the junior level. During the student’s attendance at the Naval Science Institute, the Navy provides room and board, books, uniforms, and transportation from home and return, as well as pays the student approximately $365.00 month. Upon successful completion of the course, the Navy pays for uniforms, naval science textbooks, and up to $400.00 subsistence allowance.

Two-Year NROTC Scholarship Program—The two-year scholarship program is administered in the same manner as the two-year non-scholar-ship program, except that a student who has excelled in a math, physical science, or engineering major and who has demonstrated above average performance in integral calculus may be selected for a two-year full tuition scholarship, to be awarded upon successful completion of the six-week period of training at the Naval Science Institute. In addition to the full-tuition scholarship, the student will receive up to $400.00 subsistence per month, books, and lab fees.

Summer Training—The NROTC Scholarship Program student is required to complete training of approximately four weeks during each of the three summer recesses. The second summer training will be performed aboard operational ships of the U.S. Fleet. During the first summer period, each scholarship student will receive instruction in aviation training, marine combat training, surface warfare indoctrination, and submarine indoctrination either in Norfolk, Virginia or San Diego, California. During the third summer, candidates for U.S. Navy commissions will perform training aboard operational ships as a junior officer. The student who qualifies for nuclear propulsion training may elect to cruise on nuclear powered ships or submarines. Some midshipmen cruise with allied navies through the Midshipman Foreign Exchange Program. Transportation costs to and from the training sites, subsistence, quarters, and pay of approximately $365 per month will be paid to every participating student. The candidates for U.S. Marine Corps commissions will perform training at the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. The Marine Option NROTC Summer Training Program, “Bulldog,” is designed to prepare mid-shipmen for appointment to commissioned grade by providing basic military instruction and physical training. An evaluation of midshipmen is made to ensure that they possess the leadership, academic, and physical qualifications required for appointment to commissioned grade in the Marine Corps Reserve. Female midshipmen participate in all NROTC curriculum requirements and activities, including cruises aboard selected ships. A woman who has qualified for Marine Option Summer Training at Quantico attends the Woman Officer Candidate Course at Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia.

Specified University Courses: In addition to satisfying requirements for a baccalaureate degree, the student must satisfactorily complete the following four-year curriculum guide, including required naval science courses and specified university courses.
Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
NSC 1110 Introduction to Naval Organization (Note 1) 3
NSC 1140 Seapower and Maritime Affairs (Note 1) 3
NSC 1101 Naval Science Lab 0
Sophomore Year  
NSC 2121 Naval Ships System I (Note 1) 3
NSC 4231 Principles of Naval Management I 3
NSC 2213 Naval Operations (Note 1) 3
NSC 2221 Evolution of Warfare (Note 2) 3
MAC 3311, 3312 Calculus I, II (Note 3) 8
Junior Year  
NSC 3214, 3213 Navigation I, II (Note 4) 3
Amer. Military History/International Relations (Note 5) 3
Computer Science Elective (Note 5) 3
PHY 3048, 3049 Physics I, II (Note 3) 10
Senior Year  
NSC 3122 Naval Ships Systems II (Note 4) 3
NSC 4232 Principles of Naval Management II (Note 4) 3
NSC 4224 Amphibious Warfare (Note 2) 3
*Indicates recommended courses


(1) Undergraduate naval sciences required to be completed for a scholarship student before Fall Semester junior year.

(2) Required of Marine Option midshipmen only

(3) One year each of calculus and calculus based physics is required for every Navy, option scholarship student. Recommended but optional for College Program and Marine Options.

(4) Upper division Naval Sciences required of Navy Options are not required of Marine Options.

(5) The following courses may be used to meet the American Military History/National Security Policy and Computer Science requirements:

*Indicates recommended courses

Furnished Items—All uniforms, textbooks, and equipment needed by the student for naval science courses are furnished by the Navy.

Use of Navy Science courses as University Electives—Academic departments within the university may, according to their own policies, accept naval science courses as electives to fulfill requirements in their academic program.

Naval Science Minor—Upon successful completion of the four-year Naval Science Program, a student may be awarded a minor in naval science. Specific requirements should be arranged with the student’s academic department.

Naval Science Laboratory—The naval science curriculum includes a weekly two-hour laboratory covering professional and military subject matter. Attendance is mandatory for all midshipmen.

Naval Science Faculty

Professor:Richard L. Dick; Assistant Professor:Henry Allen, John Sarao.

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