Army ROTC Courses

  • Course Descriptions

    For a more detailed description for each year of Military Science, please select one of the links below.

    Freshman

    Sophomore

    Junior

    Senior

    ROTC Basic Course

    The first two years of Military Science (MLSC 101, 102, 203, and 204) provide a background of the historical role of military forces as well as current national military objectives. In addition, students develop basic leadership skills in problem solving and decision making and learn survival techniques, map reading, self-defense, rappelling, and marksmanship. Graduates of the Basic Course incur no commitment to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course and incur no obligation for military service. Students may enroll or withdraw from any of the four courses in the ROTC Basic Course under the same provisions and in the same manner as other academic courses at IUP. Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces, Junior ROTC and Civil Air Patrol graduates, and students who complete the ROTC Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, may receive exemption from the ROTC Basic Course if approved by the professor of Military Science, but they will not automatically receive academic credit for the course.

    ROTC Advanced Course

    The last two years of Military Science (MSLC 305, 306, 407, and 408) compose the Advanced Course and lead to a commission as an officer in the United States Army. To be eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must meet these criteria: be a citizen of the United States; be physically fit and pass a physical examination; be an enrolled academic junior or senior with at least a 2.0 GPA; be not less than seventeen years of age but less than thirty-nine by the anticipated graduation date; successfully complete the ROTC Basic Course or its equivalent; and be accepted by the
    professor of Military Science. Advanced Course students study advanced leadership, management, professional ethics, small unit tactics, military law, and instructional and training techniques. Practical application is the rule, and students have the opportunity to practice and polish their skills as members of the ROTC battalion leadership. Once Advanced Course students agree in writing to complete the Advanced Course, graduate on time, and accept a commission as an officer, they become eligible to receive a monthly cash stipend of $450 to $500 for ten months of the academic year.

    Freshman

    MLSC 101 – Introduction to Military Science

    MLSC 101 is a progressive course that teaches the basic aspects of the officer corps of the United States Army. Students trace the origins of their nation’s Army, learn basic soldier skills, and gain an appreciation for the institutional values that define the Professional Army Ethic. Students participate in class and in five Leadership Labs. The Military Science Department provides the textbook for the class, titled Introduction to Military Science, and all other materials and uniforms required for the course. Students learn of the organization of the United States Army and the role of the military in today’s society, emphasizing the customs and traditions of the service and the fundamentals of leadership. Students study land navigation, physical fitness, military bearing, values and ethics, Army Life, and communication. Additionally, students apply classroom instruction during Leadership Labs designed to reinforce classroom concepts.

    MLSC 102 – Fundamentals of Military Science

    MLSC 102 is a progressive course that explores concepts that must be applied by the officer corps of the United States Army. Students learn basic soldier skills and leadership techniques and gain an appreciation for the institutional values and procedures that define the Professional Army Ethic. The Military Science Department provides the textbook for the class, titled Fundamentals of Military Science, and all other materials and uniforms required for the course. Students learn basic knowledge regarding military service and the profession of arms. Students study basic military skills and develop the leadership abilities through practical exercises. Topics include problem solving, basic leadership principles, and leadership in groups. Students apply classroom instruction during Leadership Laboratories designed to reinforce classroom concepts.

    Sophomore

    MLSC 203 – Fundamentals of Tactical Operations, Techniques of Leadership, and Weapons Characteristics

    MLSC 203 is a progressive course that teaches the basic aspects of small-unit leadership in the tactical environment. Students learn the organization, techniques, resources, and capabilities involved in conducting small-unit tactical operations. The Military Science Department provides the textbook for the class, titled Fundamentals of Tactical Operations, Techniques of Leadership, and Weapons Characteristics, and all other materials and uniforms required for the course. The emphasis is on leadership, organization, and management techniques needed to cause a group of people to accomplish specific objectives. Characteristics of military weapons systems are taught. Students serve as leaders in Leadership Labs.

    MLSC 204 – National Security and Fundamentals of Military Topography

    MLSC 204 is a progressive course that leads the student through a series of exercises that develops communication skills and provides the tools to operate in the organizational environment as a junior leader. Students will train and lead small units to provide practical application of classes taught. The lessons require students to participate in class and in the Leadership Lab. Students will learn national security concepts, policies, and the national decision-making process with emphasis on national resources, national will, and economic factors. Included will be a study of nuclear and conventional response options. Students will also learn fundamentals of military topography, including the use of military maps to determine topographic features, to conduct land navigation, and to perform terrain analysis. Also, see Leadership Laboratory.

    Junior

    MLSC 305 – Leadership and Modern Learning

    MLSC 305 is a progressive course that leads the student through a series of five modules that introduce them to the principles of small group leadership, tactics, communication techniques, decision making, and troop leading procedures. Our focus is on developing leadership competence. The lessons require students to participate in class and in the weekly Leadership Lab. Students conduct practical application of principles of leadership/management as applied in classroom and field to include case studies in psychological, physiological, and sociological factors that affect human behavior. Individually and in groups, students solve leadership problems common to small units.

    MLSC 306 – Study of Advanced Leadership Planning and Execution of Modern Combat Operations

    During this course, students will continue to apply and hone the leadership skills developed in MLSC 305. Emphasis will be on analyzing tasks and preparing written or oral guidance for team members to accomplish tasks. Students will delegate, supervise, and plan for/adapt to the unexpected in organizations under stress. Students will also continue to receive an assessment of their performance designed to highlight their strengths and weaknesses and improve their leadership skills. Students continue the practical application of principles of leadership/management as applied in classroom and field environments. The class offers an analysis of the leader’s role in directing and coordinating efforts of individuals and small units in the execution of offensive and defensive tactical missions, to include command and control systems, the military team, and communications techniques.

    Senior

    MLSC 407 – Management of the Military Complex to Include Fundamentals of Military and International Law

    During this course, students will plan, conduct, and evaluate activities in the ROTC cadet organization. As the core of the battalion’s chain of command, students will lead junior cadets and implement strategies to develop them. Students will identify, discuss, and resolve ethical dilemmas and manage resources. Throughout the course, students will learn and apply the Army policies and programs that define or support their studies. Students study various managerial elements needed to control a military organization and the techniques used to accomplish these functions.

    MLSC 408 – Seminar in Military Analysis and Management

    MS 408 continues the methodology from MS 407. Students will examine the origins of military law and relate it to service as an officer in the contemporary Army, preparing for their future as successful Army officers. Students meet in class for one hour each week plus one hour each week for a command and staff meeting; those meetings combine classroom instruction and three hours of leadership lab each week. Students must also participate in two hours of physical training each week. Finally, students must complete a staff ride to an off-campus location once during the semester. Students analyze the use of military assets in world affairs to include importance of strategic mobility and neutralization of insurgent movements. Students assess and solve management problems regarding military justice, administration, and the obligations and responsibilities of an officer.

    Leadership Labs

    Leadership Laboratory (two hours every Thursday afternoon)

    Students participate in a practical application of the leadership principles, individual movement techniques, land navigation, rifle marksmanship, leadership reaction courses, water survival training, and small unit tactics. They take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in the field. Leadership Labs offer practical challenges, both physical and mental, and develop teamwork, trust, and leadership.