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The Four Year Program

 Military science classes can be taken as general elective credits or to earn a minor in Military Science.  Consult the university's catalog for  more information about the military science classes and to learn more about the minor.

Basic Course

The Basic Course consists of classes and labs, and is usually taken during the first two years of college.  During these years there is no military obligation on your part.  Basic classes cover subjects such as leadership development, military history, and the customs and traditions of Army service.

Advanced Course

Students who demonstrate the potential to become Army Officers and who meet the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course in the third and fourth years of college.  Students receive training in management, tactics, ethics, and develop leadership skills. The Advanced Course includes paid training during the summer between the junior and senior years.   

The Two Year Program

The two year program is an option for students who did not take ROTC courses in their freshman and sophomore years.  The student will participate in four weeks of basic leadership instruction during the summer before their junior year. 

Students are paid to attend the training and also have the opportunity to compete for two year scholarships.  After successful completion of the training, students who meet all the requirements can enroll in the Advanced Course. 

Classes and Labs in the ROTC curriculum


Military Science classes take place twice a week.  They start with a general orientation to military structure and codes of conduct and progress to training in military tactics and battle scenarios.


Leadership labs support the curriculum taught in the classes.  Conducted once a week, they are an orientation to much of what a student needs to know to be successful in the Army.  The training consists of land navigation, basic rappelling, and obstacle courses, to name a few of the skills taught.

Advanced Classes

The advanced classes and most labs throughout the four year curriculum are held at Colorado State University.  The department can assist with transportation.  Contact your instructor to  make arrangements. 

 A typical schedule:

Freshman year, 6 credits:          Fall Term  MLSC 101 and MLSC 196       Spring Term  MLSC 102 and MLSC 197

Sophomore year, 6 credits:       Fall Term  MLSC 201 and MLSC 296       Spring Term  MLSC 202 and MLSC 297

Junior year,  8  credits:                Fall Term MLSC 301 and MLSC 396        Spring Tem MLSC 302 and MLSC 397

Senior year, 8 credits:                 Fall Term MLSC 401 and MLSC 496       Spring Term MLSC 402 and MLSC 497

In either the junior or senior year, the 3 credit class MLSC 357 American Military History, is required.

For class descriptions, consult the university catalog