Course descriptions

MS 111 – Military Science I                                                                       1 Credit

Leader Development and Individual Solider Skills I – An introduction to Army Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions. The curriculum includes an introduction to leadership development, the values and ethics of the Army, physical wellness and fitness, and stress management.  Laboratory work concentrates on basic land navigation skills, field craft skills, and basic rifle marksmanship. 1 lecture hours and 2 other hours.  Course Attributes: Not eligible for use as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

MS 112 – Military Science I                                                                        1 Credit

Leader Development and Individual Soldier Skills II.  The curriculum focuses on the leader development by emphasizing the Be, Know and Do characteristics vital for success as an Army officer.  In addition, the importance of physical fitness and wellness continues to be stressed.  Students are introduced to tactics within a team and squad structure, decision-making process and the structure and organization of the Army.  Laboratory work includes advance land navigation skills, basic rifle marksmanship, and troop leading procedures.  1 lecture hours and 2 other hours.  Course Attributes: Not eligible for use as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

MS 211 – Military Science II                                                                       2 Credit

A Study of the Principles of Small Unit Tactics – Leadership Laboratory – This course is designed to teach individual soldier skills required for survival in modern combat and the leadership roles required for the infantry team and squad leader in developing technically and tactically proficient soldiers. Cadets will receive hands-on training in intelligence gathering, radio communication, individual and crew served weapons. Cadets will be introduced to collective tasks such as tactical movements and formations needed to conduct squad offensive, defensive and patrolling missions. 2 lecture hours and 2 other hours.  Course Attributes: Not eligible for use as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

MS 212 – Military Science II                                                                       2 Credit

A study of the Principles of Leadership and Small Unit Tactics II – Examines the leader’s role in directing and coordinating the efforts of subordinates.  Decision making skills, problem solving and troop leading procedures continue to be honed through leadership roles.  Laboratory work focuses on small unit tactics, advance land navigation, physical fitness, and troop leading procedures. 2 lecture hours and 2 other hours.  Course Attributes: Not eligible for use as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

MS 311 – Military Science III                                                                      3 Credit

Advanced Tactics – Leadership Laboratory – An in depth study on the light infantry squad and platoon operations in the offense and defense.  Cadets will continue to develop their oral and written communication skills through preparation of warning, fragmentary, and operations orders; and their leadership and management skills through decision making and analytical skills utilizing combat estimates, battle analysis, and intelligence gathering.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of four semesters of ROTC or approval by the Professor of Military Science (PMS).  Course Attributes: Not eligible for use as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

MS 312 – Military Science III                                                                      3 Credit

Advanced Leadership – Leadership Laboratory – A comprehensive study and application of light infantry and ranger patrolling operations.  Cadets will learn leadership techniques by gaining a comprehensive understanding of the mission and organization of combat and reconnaissance patrols and the methods utilized by effective combat leaders.  The course will explore historical examples to illustrate the critical importance of dynamic leadership. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MS311 or approval by the Professor of Military Science (PMS).  3 lecture hours and 2 other hours.  Course Attributes: Not eligible for use as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

MS 411 – Military Science IV                                                                        3 Credit

This course begins the transitions from Cadet to U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant. This is the first of two senior capstone course in Military Science. MS411 training will include Army Operations, training management, communications and leadership skills.  Additionally, cadets will participate in selected studies of Military History to include a staff ride to a Revolutionary War battlefield. This training will enable cadets to attain knowledge and proficiency in several critical areas needed to operate effectively and efficiently as an Army Officer. These areas include: The Army’s training management system, coordinating activities with staffs, and counseling skills.  These skills will assist them in leading Junior Army ROTC cadets throughout the school year. Instruction will include lecture/seminar, case studies, practical exercise and military laboratories to include field-training exercises. One-third of the grade will include a measurement of their ability to develop subordinate leaders and personnel.  Various members of the Army Department Cadre will serve as Assistant Instructors. With the Addition of MS412 in the Spring, 2nd Lieutenants will leave for your Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC II) as Commissioned Army Officers possessing high moral character, instilled with Army Values, physically fit, knowledgeable in basic soldier skills and a rich understanding of leadership and management.   3 lecture hours and 2 other hours.  Course Attributes: May be used as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

MS 412 – Military Science IV                                                                        3 Credit

Army Leadership and Professional Development – Leadership Laboratory. The second of two senior capstone courses.  Students will study the origins, development, and implementation of US National Security Policy as it applies to the application of land power. Focus will be understanding and conducting Peace Keeping Operations, the parameters in which the US will participate, and the role of the military PKOs. Once understanding the larger picture, the students must understand how to prepare and train their particular organization to ensure their objectives support the national will. The course includes case studies and recent Peace Keeping Operations and how tactical decisions can affect strategic outcomes.  Current events are constantly examined. Students will develop their individual leadership skills and knowledge through class seminars, leadership laboratories, and field training exercises. Students will learn how to assess the level of training in their organizations, develop a training plan to correct deficiencies and re-enforce strength, and how to evaluate training results. The second half of the semester students will further develop and understanding of leadership in organizations, team building, counseling subordinates and various support systems available to leaders. Students will develop oral and written communications skills by preparing written assignments in the military writing style and giving oral presentations.   Course Attributes: May be used as part of the six ROTC credits allowed for degree electives.

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