Academics

NROTC Scholarship and College Program Contracted Midshipman

NROTC Scholarship midshipmen are required by the U.S. Navy to complete several naval science classes on top of their coursework required for their degree. All midshipmen (scholarship and non-contracted college program midshipmen) are required to take NVSC 101 Introduction to Naval Sciences their freshman year. Contracted midshipmen (either scholarship or advance standing) must complete the following classes by graduation:

  • NVSC 101 – Introduction Naval Science (freshman)
  • MARA 363 – Management Processes or MGMT 211 – Management (freshman)
  • HIST 232 – History of American Seapower (sophomore)
  • MART 203 – Terrestrial Navigation (sophomore)
  • NVSC 320 – Naval Ship Systems I: Engineering (junior)
  • NVSC 404 – Naval Ship Systems II: Weapons (junior)
  • NVSC 401 – Naval Operations (senior)
  • NVSC 402 – Leadership and Ethics (senior)

All years listed in parentheses are recommendations for when a student may take the required class however students may take classes at different times as they fit into their schedule. Non-contracted midshipman are not required to take these classes (except NVSC 101) unless they pick up contract with the navy however it is highly encouraged that they take these classes as to not get behind if they pick up contract.
Several other non-naval science classes are also required by the U.S. Navy. Midshipmen on scholarship are required to take the following non-naval science classes (regardless of degree program):

  • MATH 151 – Engineering Math I
  • MATH 152/161 – Engineering Math II
  • PHYS – 218 – Mechanics
  • PHYS – 208 – Electricity and Optics

Only scholarship midshipmen are required to take these and must complete these courses by graduation. Advanced standing midshipman are not required to take these classes however the Navy places heavy emphasis on math and physics and thus it is highly encouraged that any college program midshipman desiring to pick up contract take one or more of these courses to increase chances of being selected. Advanced Placement (AP) may count for credit for these courses in accordance with Texas A&M Galveston transfer credit policies.

Strategic Sealift Midshipman Program

Strategic Sealift Midshipmen are also required by the U.S. Navy to take required naval science classes on top of their own coursework. While this is the case, they are required to take different classes than that of NROTC midshipmen. All Strategic Sealift Midshipmen must complete the following naval science courses:

  • NVSC 101 – Introduction to Naval Science
  • NVSC 200 – Naval Science for the Merchant Mariner
  • NVSC 402 – Leadership and Ethics

These courses are the only naval science classes required of Strategic Sealift Midshipmen on top of their degree coursework. There are no mandatory timelines for completion however all courses must be completed by graduation. As with NROTC midshipmen, it is highly recommended that Strategic Sealift Midshipmen take NVSC 101 their freshman year. There are no additional non-naval science classes required of Strategic Sealift Midshipmen either.