Naval ROTC Course of Study

Naval ROTC students are required to take a set curriculum of courses set out by NSTC M-1533.2C CH-1, Regulations for Officer Development (ROD). Required coursework for Navy option Scholarship students includes one year of Calculus and calculus-based Physics, one year of English, one course focused on American History/National Security Policy and one course focused on World Culture/Regional Studies. Required coursework for Navy option College Program students includes one year of Mathematics at the level of college algebra or above, one year sequence of Physical Science courses, one year of English, one course focused on American History/National Security Policy and one course focused on World Culture/Regional Studies. Marine option students are not required complete Calculus, Physics or a course focused in World Culture/Regional Studies.  A summary of required courses is shown below.

There is a list of approved courses that fall under the Cultural Awareness and American History/National Security Policy requirement.  Click here to view.
Additionally, please refer to the PSU Bulletin of Courses for course descriptions.

Naval Science Courses

In addition to their academic major courses and NROTC required courses, NROTC students are required to complete a Naval Science (NAVSC) courses. Navy and Marine Options take the same NAVSC courses for the first three semesters but the Junior and Senior year the curriculum splits into two tracks that are specialized for each branch.  Below is the Penn State NROTC Naval Science Curriculum.

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Introductory Courses

Freshman Year Sophomore Year (Fall Semester)
NAVSC 101-Introduction  to Naval Science
NAVSC  103-Leadership and Management
NAVSC 201-Sea Power and Maritime Affairs

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Navy Option Track

Sophomore Year (Spring Semester) Junior Year Senior Year
NAVSC 202-Naval Ship Systems I–Naval Engineering NAVSC 301-Naval Ships Systems II–Weapons
NAVSC 302-Navigation
NAVSC 401-Naval Operations and Seamanship
NAVSC 402-Leadership and Ethics

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Marine Corps Option Track

Junior Year (Spring Semester) Senior Year
NAVSC 313-Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare NAVSC 411-Evolution of Warfare
NAVSC 402 Leadership and Ethics

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Military Studies Minor

Completing all Naval Science coursework and other course requirements can qualify battalion members for a minor in Military Studies.

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