AROTC Military Science Courses

Military Science Courses

Learn how to employ Army technical and tactical skills in small unit operations. You will also develop the essential components of Army training, leadership, and team building.  

ROTC is divided into two courses. During your freshman and sophomore years, you will attend the Basic Course. Here, you can participate with no military obligation.

Basic Course

  • MISC 101: Fundamental Concepts (1)
  • MISC 102: Basic Leadership (1)
  • MISC 201: Advanced Leadership (1)
  • MISC 202: Tactics and Officership (1)

If you decide to continue to the Advanced Course your junior and senior year, you will be pursuing the path to becoming an Army Officer.

Advanced Course

  • MISC 301: Small Unit Leadership  (2)
  • MISC 302: Small Unit Operations (2)
  • MISC 401: Leadership, Management, and Ethics (2)
  • MISC 402: Transition to Lieutenant (2)

Army Officer Requirements:

  • Obtain a bachelor's degree with at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete MISC 301, 302, 401, 402, all labs and Advance Camp
  • Take an approved Military History Course
  • Meet Army Physical Fitness Test and height/weight standards 60 days before commissioning
  • You must be strongly recommended by Professor of Military Science
  • Apply for and receive a SECRET security clearance
  • Pass drug screening 90 days before commissioning
  • Participate in a staff ride or battlefield tour
  • Pass the Combat Water Survival Test (CWST)
  • Complete all Cadet Professional Development

Military Leadership Minor

Degree Completion Plan (DCP)

As a part of the program you will eligible for the Military Leadership Minor. Adding the minor to your degree requires no additional course work. 

Leadership Labs & Field Training Exercises (FTX)

Hone your skills in Mission Command through Leadership Labs and FTXs. During MISC 001, which is required each semester, you are taught basic skills, such as first aid, land navigation, and movement techniques. As an upperclassman, you are given opportunities to teach underclassmen some of these necessary skills and tactics. During your third year, you might find yourself as a squad leader organizing your group to accomplish a mission quickly and effectively. Following your mission, you will be assessed and given feedback on what dimensions of leadership you can potentially change or improve.

Basic Camp

Basic Camp/Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) is an intense four-week introduction to Army life and ROTC leadership training. The aim of the course is to motivate and qualify you for entry into the Senior ROTC program. While attending Basic Camp at Fort Knox, you gain experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer. Basic Camp is designed for college students typically between their sophomore and junior years. Successful completion of the course enables you to take part in ROTC as a third-year student in the four-year program.

Advanced Camp

Advance Camp/Cadet Leader Course (CLC) is a required step in becoming an officer. It consists of 29 days of scenario-based training at Fort Knox that incorporates the basic military skills that you have learned in the classroom. Each cycle of training emphasizes team-building and leadership skill development. You will be provided with guidance, assigned leadership responsibilities, and allowed to exercise small-unit leadership skills in a variety of positions.