Naval Science Courses

Every member of the Unit has certain course requirements they must complete to graduate, including a few Naval Science courses, taught by the unit staff. These courses are also open to any non-NROTC student from any of our four universities. Note that these are the years in which these courses are generally taken; there remains a certain amount of flexibility as to when each course is taken.

Freshman Year

Introduction to Naval Science (USN/USMC, Fall): Provides an overview of the Naval Service with emphasis on the mission, organization, regulations and components of the Navy and Marine Corps.

Sea Power and Maritime Affairs (USN/USMC, Spring): This course deals with the importance of sea power in historical events, including emphasis on worldwide political-military confrontations following the cold war.

Sophomore Year

Leadership and Management (USN/USMC, Fall): This course covers the theory and principles of management, focusing on the officer-manager as an organizational decision maker. Includes interpersonal skills, behavior factors, and group dynamics.

Navigation (USN, Spring): This course will cover the theory, principles and procedures of piloting and celestial navigation, tides, currents and weather, use of navigation instruments and equipment. Practicum and laboratory required.

Junior Year

Naval Engineering (USN, Fall): This course deals with the types, structures and purpose of naval ships, the principles of hydrodynamic forces and stability, shipboard compartmentalization and ship electrical and auxiliary systems, theory, design and operation of steam, gas turbine, and nuclear propulsion systems, and shipboard safety and firefighting.

Evolution of Warfare (USMC, Fall):This course centers on a historical survey of the evolution of the conduct of warfare which includes strategy, tactics, weapons, organization, and military leaders and thinkers.

Naval Weapons (USN, Spring): This course includes an overview of the various types, capabilities, and limitations of fire control systems and weapons, discusses physical aspects of radar and underwater sound for target acquisition, threat analysis, tracking, weapons selection, delivery, and guidance, as well as principles of explosives, fusing, and naval ordnance.

Senior Year

Naval Operations and Seamanship (USN, Fall): This course deals with international and inland rules of the road, relative motion-vector analysis, ship handling, employment of naval tactics, afloat communications.

Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare (USMC, Fall): The study of broad aspects of warfare and their interaction with maneuver warfare doctrine, focusing on the USMC as the premier maneuver warfare fighting institution.

Leadership and Ethics (USN/USMC, Spring): An integration of professional competencies and qualities of effective leadership with emphasis on moral and ethical responsibilities,and accountability, and military law for the junior officer.


Each course counts for university credit, and taking all courses constitutes a Naval Science minor. In addition to these NROTC-taught courses, certain university-taught courses are also mandated.