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Naval ROTC

The Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps Unit at the University of Virginia is one of 58 that have been established in universities and colleges throughout the United States. Students who enroll in the unit, complete the required courses, and obtain bachelors degrees, qualify for commission as Ensigns in the Navy, or as Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps. There are three classes of enrollees: scholarship, college program, and naval science students. Students may choose the major they prefer.

Department of Naval Science
University of Virginia - Maury Hall
P. O. Box 400158
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4158
(434) 924-0970

Navy-Marine Scholarship Program Students enter the program through nation-wide selection conducted by the Navy and Marine Corps. Benefits include tuition and fees, uniforms, $600 per year for textbooks, and a monthly stipend of $250 (1st and 2nd year), $300 (3rd year) and $400 (4th year). Scholarship students are required to complete a naval science course each semester and to attend NASC 100/200/300/400 one period each week for eight semesters, in addition to three summer training periods of four to six weeks each.

Navy-Marine College Program Students in this program are provided uniforms and naval science textbooks. During their third and fourth years, they receive a monthly subsistence allowance of $350 in the third year and $400 in their fourth year. College program students complete the same naval science courses as the scholarship students; however, they complete only one summer training period during their last year at the University. The vast majority of college program students are awarded scholarships after their second year, based on academic and NROTC performance.

The scholarship and college programs are available in a two-year format to any qualified student at the University. Students apply during the spring term of their second year. If accepted, they attend a six-week summer Naval Science Institute and enroll in the NROTC program at the beginning of their third academic year.

Naval Science Students Inquiries concerning enrollment in the Naval ROTC unit should be addressed to the Professor of Naval Science, Maury Hall. Any student enrolled at the University may take naval science courses with the approval of the Department of Naval Science. These enrollees are not Naval ROTC students; however, they may be considered for enrollment upon request.

Course Descriptions


Prospective NROTC students should contact the department for specific program requirements.

NASC 100/200/300/400 - (0) (S)
Leadership Laboratory

Develops leadership skills through seminars and practical experience in leadership positions within the midshipman battalion.

NASC 101 - (0) (Y)
Introduction to Naval Science

Surveys the histories of both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Introduces the Naval Service as an organization with particular customs, procedures, and policies. Examines the nature of authority; issues of communication, productivity, and morale; and how a military organization adapts to change. Develops the student's ability to function effectively within the structure of Navy society.

NASC 102 - (3) (Y)
Naval Ships Systems I

An integrated presentation of naval ship design and operation, including closed and open thermodynamic cycles; efficiency and efficiency enhancement; major propulsion and support system components; operations and casualty response; electricity generation; electrical power distribution and conversion relative to naval engineering plants; shipboard battle damage control; and naval architecture.

NASC 201 - (3) (Y)
Naval Ship Systems II

Introduces the theory and design of naval weapons systems. Emphasizes understanding basic theoretical considerations for weapons systems, detection, tracking, computation, weapon delivery systems, the fire control problem, and system integration.

NASC 202 - (3) (Y)
Seapower and Maritime Affairs

Surveys international maritime history and provides a review American maritime history and policy. Examines American naval involvement in regional and global conflicts; evolution in technology and management; the role of the navies in foreign policy; and the influence of seapower on history. Discusses historical examples and current trends.

NASC 301 - (3) (Y)

Studies the theory, principles, and procedures of marine navigation, including piloting, electronic navigation, and celestial navigation.

NASC 302 - (3) (Y)
Naval Operations

Studies the principles and procedures of surface ship operations, including relative motion, rules of the nautical road, marine weather, and ship handling.

NASC 311 - (0) (Y)
Navigation Laboratory

Corequisite: NASC 301.
Practical application of navigation principles.

NASC 312 - (0) (Y)
Naval Operations Laboratory

Corequisite: NASC 302.
Practical application of naval operations, with special emphasis on maneuvering board and rules of the road.

NASC 351 - (3) (Y)
Evolution of Warfare

Historical development of the tactics and strategies of warfare. Examines the social, economic, and political posture of adversaries, and considers the great military leaders and organizations throughout history.

NASC 352 - (3) (Y)
Amphibious Warfare

A historical survey and evaluation of the concept, doctrinal origins, and strategic role of amphibious power projection. Emphasizes research and battle studies that illustrate the unique challenges and capabilities of amphibious operations.

NASC 401 - (3) (Y)
Leadership I

Introduces leadership principles and concepts, and their practical applications in military and non-military settings. Discusses selected readings and student produced essays, analyzing several books on leadership. Examines The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

NASC 402 - (3) (Y)
Leadership II

Prerequisite: NASC 401.
A continuation of the principles and concepts of leadership through readings, exercises, and discussion. Topics include selected readings and case studies in leadership, core values and ethics, and legal issues.


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