Department of Military Science

General Information

Military Science courses conform to the subject requirements of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Department of the Army. The objectives of the ROTC program are to attract, motivate, and prepare selected students with high potential to serve as commissioned officers in the Active Army, the U.S. Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.

The Army ROTC program, military science instruction and associated activities, in addition to providing courses required to earn a commission, have the goals of developing leadership and managerial potential, providing an understanding of the requirements and organization for national security, and instilling a strong sense of personal integrity and individual responsibility in all students.

All members of the Corps of Cadets are required to take a military science course each semester. Additional information concerning the Corps of Cadets at North Georgia College & State University is provided in The Corps of Cadets sections of this catalog.

Course Structure

Military Science courses are grouped into basic and advanced ROTC studies. The basic study sequence includes Military Science I (MS I) and MS II courses in the 1000 and 2000 series, which require two classroom hours per week. The advanced study sequence is comprised of MS III and MS IV courses in the 3000 and 4000 series, which require three classroom hours per week.

Leadership laboratory periods, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and Monday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., are a required part of Military Science instruction in addition to the classroom work. Ceremonies held each semester, consisting of parades or reviews, highlight the presentation of awards or honor distinguished guests.

Course Requirements

All members of the Corps of Cadets must be enrolled each semester in a military science class unless exempted for cause upon recommendation of the Professor of Military Science and by approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Cadets are required to enroll for the military science course appropriate to their progression toward completing degree and commissioning requirements. (See "Requirements for Commissioning" section.) Students may receive advanced placement in military science for prior military service or JROTC instruction if needed for military and academic alignment. Contact the Military Science Department's Director of Instruction if you have any questions concerning placement. Female students and commuting male students not in the Corps of Cadets may enroll in one first-year military science course with the permission of the Professor of Military Science. Military Science 3200, Foundations of Military Theory, is open to all university students.

Requirements For Commissioning

The U.S. Army established the Military Qualification Standards (MQS) system to articulate the knowledge and skills required of commissionees to begin military service. The majority of this knowledge and these skills are learned while completing the basic and advanced military science courses and ROTC Leader Development & Assessment Course (LDAC).

In addition to the Military Science courses, MQS requires completion of the baccalaureate degree and at least one undergraduate course in each of the following three areas: written communication, human behavior, military history. Cadets will be provided a list of courses that satisfy these requirements during the contracting process.

For courses offered in the Department of Military Science, see Military Science Courses.