Students in the NROTC program at The University of Arizona are, in many regards, very much like ordinary college students – they live in dorms, socialize with friends, participate in extracurriculars and athletics, and attend class with their fellow Wildcat classmates. However, unlike their peers, Midshipmen in the NROTC program undertake additional commitments in order to prepare them for careers as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.
In addition to academics, Midshipmen in the NROTC program at The University of Arizona are required to participate in the following events:
Naval Science Classes
In addition to the coursework required by individual degree programs, NROTC battalion members are required to complete various courses in Naval Science. All of these courses are designed to provide prospective naval officers with a fundamental understanding of the roles and missions of the modern Navy/Marine Corps team.
Naval Science courses cover a wide variety of subjects from navigation to leadership and ethics. All courses are approved university courses and are considered electives in all degree programs. The Professor of Naval Science is the Commanding Officer, who is ultimately responsible for the administration of the courses. NS courses are taught by the members of the unit staff in South Hall.
|Typical timing||Semester||Class||Required participants|
|Freshmen||Fall||NS 101 - Introduction to Naval Science||Navy & Marine option|
|Freshmen||Spring||NS 202 - Sea Power and Maritime Affairs||Navy & Marine option|
|Sophomore||Fall||NS 401 - Leadership and Management||Navy & Marine option & STA-21|
|Sophomore||Spring||NS 301 - Navigation*||Navy option|
NS 102 - Naval Ship Systems I (Engineering)*
|Junior||Fall||NS 310 - Evolution of Warfare**||Marine option & MECEP|
|Junior||Spring||NS 201 - Naval Ship Systems II (Weapons)*||Navy option|
|Junior||Spring||NS 410 - Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare**||Marine option & MECEP|
|Senior||Fall||NS 302 - Naval Operations and Seamanship *||Navy option|
|Senior||Spring||NS 402 - Leadership and Ethics||Navy & Marine option & STA-21|
|Freshmen & Sophomore||Fall & Spring||NS 100 - Naval Science Laboratory||Freshmen & Sophomore NROTC Students|
|Junior & Senior||Fall & Spring||NS 400 - Advanced Naval Science Laboratory||Junior & Senior NROTC Students|
|Every Year||Fall & Spring||NS 110 - Marine & Navy PT||All NROTC Students|
*Navy options only
**Marine options only
Physical Training (PT)
Navy members of the NROTC Battalion are required to perform PT through the semester as a unit. Additionally, they complete the semi-annual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) while Marines and Marine-Option Midshipmen are required to perform the Marine Corps' Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The PFA consists of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. The PFT includes sit-ups, pull ups for males, a flexed arm hang for females, and a three mile run.