Military Science (Army ROTC)

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Military science students in uniforms watching a gun demonstration.
Group of military science students healing on ground in a circle for instruction.
Four military science students in field watching three helicopters fly in the distance.
Four military science students receiving a briefing during training
Military science students conducting physical training
Military science students conducting a briefing during training
Upon successful completion of the ROTC, students are commissioned as a United States Army Officer in the United States Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard. Dr. Kimberly M. Scheffer, Department Chair, Integrated Studies

The Senior Army ROTC program consists of four years of Military Science and Leadership (MSCL) courses with both lower and upper division levels. The first two years (100 and 200 level) of MSCL courses are offered via CWI.  They are open to all interested students and do not require a military obligation or commitment to the Army. Students enroll in lower division Army ROTC/MSCL lecture courses by registering for them in the same manner in which they would sign up for other college courses during the registration period. Students need to obtain permission from the ROTC Enrollment Officer or Instructor Permission (see Instructors Tab) prior to registering.  All Army ROTC/MSCL courses taken through CWI will appear on a CWI transcript and are fully transferrable to any university with an Army ROTC program.

Military Science (Army ROTC) helps students develop and fine-tune leadership skills and self-confidence while earning a college degree of choice. Students will gain skills that are sought after in both the military and civilian workforce. Students will also forge new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Upon graduation with an associate’s degree, transfer to obtain a bachelor degree and completion of all of the training and academic requirements of the program, those individuals will not only be a college graduate, but also a commissioned Officer in the Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve. Army ROTC is not a degree program/major by itself, Military Science courses are completed alongside an associate degree program of choice through CWI.


A student repelling for an exercise

Students perform many activities within this program. One of the many activities performed is repelling down a vertical wall.

Students performing land navigation and demonstrating leadership skills.

Students performing land navigation and demonstrating leadership skills.

A student performing

A student crossing a one-rope bridge for an exercise during class.


The objective of the Senior Army ROTC program is to provide world-class leadership training to transform scholars, athletes, and leaders into commissioned officers who are prepared to lead small units upon arrival to their first unit of assignment in the United States Army, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard. Two-thirds of all US Army Officers receive their commission through the Army ROTC.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Professional ethics
  • Land navigation
  • Rope bridge construction
  • Medical evaluation and treatment
  • Hand grenade assault
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Rappelling
  • Marksmanship
  • Small unit tactics
  • Solve problems under high stress

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