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Introduction | Minor in Military Science
Military Science Courses
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Lieutenant Colonel William L. Howard, Jr.


Major Scott A. Murphy

Major Robert H. Medina

Master Sergeant Daniel T. Sturgell

SFC Raul Rivas

SFC Raul Rivas

Engineering 301
Phone: (714) 278-3007


Summer Leadership Internships
Adventure/Leadership Training and Physical Training/Weight Lifting (No military obligation)
Minor in Military Science
Second Lieutenant Commission (U.S. Army, Reserves or National Guard)

Military Science provides a dynamic dimension to the university by offering an unmatched hands-on leadership and management education. Military Science is also a university endorsed co-ed club and offers various extra-curricular teams and activities such as: “Ranger Challenge” (intercollegiate competition based on physical fitness and agility, rifle marksmanship and map reading/land navigation), Paintball, one Field Training Exercise (overnight bivouac) per semester, rappelling demonstrations and a Color Guard team (presents flags at ceremonies and events) as well as several other exciting activities. All curriculum and activities are designed to build and enhance leadership, management and team building skills that apply in both military and civilian sectors and last a lifetime.

Military Science courses are accredited and available to students in all academic disciplines. Full-time students are also eligible to enroll as cadets in accordance with university and Department of the Defense policies. Several competitive financial assistance programs are available which include: three-year and two-year scholarships, Reserve Forces and National Guard duty, GI Bill and loan repayment options. Additionally, scholarship recipients and Advanced course students earn up to $400 per month.

Upon successful completion of the two or four-year Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army, United States Army Reserves or Army National Guard.

Four-Year Program
This program is comprised of a lower division “Basic Course” and an upper division “Advanced Course.” The Basic Course refers to first and second year courses (MLSC 101, 102, 201 and 202) which are designed for beginning students who want to try Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) without obligation. Once the Basic Course is completed, students qualify for entry into the upper-division Advanced Course (MLSC 301, 302, 401, 402) which prepares them to be commissioned as officers in the United States Army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard. Upon entry into the Advanced Course, cadets are required to sign a contract with the Department of the Army agreeing to complete the ROTC program and accept a commission as a second lieutenant. Once the contract is signed, Advanced Course cadets will receive up to $400 per month, along with free uniforms for all military science courses.

Two-Year Program
This program is for those students who have at least four semesters of work remaining on campus as either an undergraduate or graduate student, and who did not participate in ROTC earlier. These students enter the Advanced Course of the program after attending a one week all expenses paid summer leadership internship or providing proof of completion of Military Basic Training, or three years JROTC. Students enrolled in the two-year program are eligible for contracting under the same benefits, requirements and guidelines as the four-year students.

International Learning Opportunities in Military Science
Advanced course students have an opportunity to attend overseas Cadet Troop leadership Training (CTLT) for three weeks between their junior and senior years. CTLT gives cadets a chance to serve as an acting platoon leader with an actual active duty U.S. Army unit. Many of the CTLT positions are with overseas units in Korea and Europe. Additionally, commissioned second lieutenants selected for active duty will have the opportunity to serve at duty stations all over the world, work with fellow military officers from other countries, attend foreign military schools, and immerse themselves in the culture of their host nation while they live and work there.

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The Military Science minor consists of a combination of courses from many disciplines totaling 23 units. Students interested in this program should seek additional information from the Military Science Program office.


All enrolled cadets will take courses corresponding to their academic standing in order to remain academically aligned.

Military Science 100 Army Physical Training (1) (this class can be repeated for credit up to 8 times.)
Kinesiology 146 Weight Lifting (1) (for cadets desiring extra conditioning)

Military Science 101 Leadership and Personal Development (3)
Military Science 102 Introduction of Tactical Leadership (3)

Military Science 201 Innovative Team Leadership (3)
Military Science 202 Foundations of Tactical Leadership (3)

Military Science 301 Adaptive Tactical Leadership (4)
Military Science 302 Leadership in Changing Environments (4)

ROTC Advanced Camp
Military Science 401 Developmental Leadership (4)
Military Science 402 Adaptive Leadership (4)

Required for Commissioning
Military Science 450 Military History Seminar (3)

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Cadets practice rope skills

Courses are designated as MLSC in the class schedule.

MLSC 100    Army Physical Training

Description: Required each semester of all students in the Military Science program. Designed strictly to improve and maintain the physical fitness level of the participants while teaching them the standards for the conduct of Army Physical Training (PT). The goals of the course are to develop a good understanding of the Army Physical Fitness Program in accordance with FM 21-20, to participate, to cooperate, have fun, and get in share. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1)

MLSC 101    Leadership and Personal Development

Description: Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness and stress management relate to leadership, officership and the Army profession. (1.5 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

MLSC 102    Introduction to Tactical Leadership

Description: Focus on leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback and using effective writing skills. Students explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

MLSC 201    Innovative Team Leadership

Description: Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of Army leadership framework (trait and behavioral theories). Students/cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

MLSC 202    Foundations of Tactical Leadership

Description: Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex COE. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamic of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

MLSC 301    Adaptive Tactical Leadership

Description: Challenges cadets to study, practice and evaluate adaptive tactical leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Students receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (4)

MLSC 302    Leadership in Changing Environments

Description: Increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading tactical operations up to platoon level. Students review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. The focus is on exploring, evaluating and developing skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members in the contemporary operating environment (COE). (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (4)

MLSC 401    Developmental Leadership

Description: Develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff and providing performance feedback to subordinates. They are given situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC cadets. Lessons on military justice and personnel processes prepare them to make the transition to becoming Army officers. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (4)

MLSC 402    Adaptive Leadership

Description: Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE). Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with non-governmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield and host nation support. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (4)

MLSC 450    Military History Seminar

Description: Examines selected case studies in military history as they relate to the modern challenges facing the American profession of arms. Emphasis will be on written reports, oral presentations, discussion and field study. This course satisfies commissioning requirements.
Units: (3)


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