Students are required to complete academic requirements consisting of three parts: the institutions baccalaureate degree program of a selected academic major, NROTC-specified courses (offered by the institution), and Naval Science courses. Normal loading for NROTC students should be between 15 and 19 semester hours per term, including all NROTC-required course work.

Baccalaureate Degree

Navy Option Scholarship Midshipmen: Students are encouraged to pursue majors in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences to meet the requirements of the modern Navy, though they may elect to pursue any academic major.

Navy Option College Program Midshipmen: Although there are no restrictions, students majoring in engineering or science have an advantage when competing for a scholarship.

Marine Corps Option Midshipmen: Although there are no restrictions, the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) shall guide the students to select a field benificial to the Marine Corps.

NROTC-Specified Courses

NROTC-Specified Courses are classes midshipmen are required to take to satisfy World Culture, Math, Physics, American History, and English requirements set forth by the NAVY. A list of NROTC-Specified Course requirements can be found here.

Naval Science Courses

These courses are professional training and are taken one per semester while attending school. These courses outline the information essential for all commissioned Naval Officers. See the table below for further information and the course descriptions at the bottom of the page.

Year normally completed
USNA-1010 Introduction to Naval Science Freshman
USNA-2020 Sea Power and Maritime Affairs Freshman
USNA-2030 Leadership and Management I Sophmore
USNA-2040 Naval Ships Systems I Sophmore
USNA-2050 Navigation Junior
USNA-2070 Naval Ships Systems II Junior
USNA-2060 Naval Operations Senior
USNA-4190 Naval Leadership and Ethics Senior
USNA-2150 Evolution of Warfare Sophmore/Junior
USNA-2170 Amphibious Warfare Junior/Senior
USNA-0010 Naval Science Laboratory All years
1—Navy Scholarship Students 2—Navy College Program Students
3—USMC Scholarship Students 4—Not required for Nurse Program Students


Naval Science Class Descriptions

Introduction to Naval Science: Introduction to the structure, principles, and practices, lines of command and control, and functions of the various components of the Naval Service.

Sea Power and Maritime Affairs: Analysis of U.S. Navy development and campaigns, evolution of strategic, tactical, and maritime doctrines, interaction of naval affairs with national security and domestic policies.

Leadership and Management: Principles of human relationships, principles of decision-making and management at the junior officer level, and theory and techniques of leadership.

Naval Ships Systems I (Engineering): Types, structure, and purpose of Naval ships, compartmentalization, propulsion systems, auxiliary power systems, interior communications, ship control, ship design, and stability.

Navigation: Purposes, methods, and instruments of navigation; terrestrial and celestial navigation and nautical astronomy, time diagrams, lines of position by observation of celestial bodies.

Seamanship and Ship Operations: Vector solutions of relative motion, tactical problems, tactical communications, instructions, fleet communications, organizations, rules of the Nautical Road, aviation and maritime meteorology, operation plans and orders.

Naval Ships Systems II (Weapons): Systems approach to naval weapons, linear analysis of ballistics, weapons control systems configurations and dynamics.

Leadership and Ethics: Introduction to primary duties of junior naval officers, counseling and interviewing techniques, review of basic administrative responsibilities at the division officer level.

Evolution of Warfare: Causes and practice of warfare from ancient times, impact of changes in strategy, tactics, and technology, modern revolutionary warfare, global conflict, and politico-military relationships.

Amphibious Warfare: Concepts of seaborne military operations, relationship of factors involved, characteristic operations of World War II, amphibious operation planning.