Department of Aerospace Studies

Department of Aerospace Studies

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ROTC Armory, 221 South Columbia Street, CB# 7480

(919) 962-2074

Eric Theriault, Chair

Introduction

The United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program provides leadership and Air Force-specific training to students pursuing a career as an officer in the United States Air Force. The AFROTC program is open to students looking for a challenging career and the opportunity to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. AFROTC is more than just a department in the College of Arts and Sciences; it is a professional organization designed to provide students growth, development, and leadership opportunities beyond the classroom. Cadets learn and develop these skills through hands-on experiences both inside and outside the traditional classroom setting.

The Air Force ROTC Program

Four-Year Traditional ROTC Program

This program is for students who enroll as cadets in AFROTC and plan to graduate in four years with a commission as an Air Force second lieutenant. Each year of the program cadets must take the appropriate aerospace studies course and AERO 500 Leadership Laboratory, and participate in weekly physical training. In the spring of the sophomore year, cadets will compete for an Officer Commissioning Enrollment Allocation, which gives them a spot to attend a four-week field training course in the summer. Successful completion of field training grants entry into the Professional Officer Corps (POC) for the junior and senior years. Cadets in the POC refine their leadership skills and prepare for a United States Air Force active duty commission upon graduation.

Nontraditional ROTC Program

Students who do not enroll in Air Force ROTC in their first semester are still eligible to participate in the program. They will participate in the same academic courses, leadership laboratory, and physical training as traditional students. All nontraditional cadets will be required to complete AERO 101, AERO 102, AERO 201, and AERO 202 prior to attending field training.

Interested Students

First- and second-year students seeking to learn more about the Air Force and ROTC can take AERO 101, AERO 102, AERO 201, or AERO 202 with no obligation. These courses provide a solid introduction to Air Force operations and culture, providing students with the necessary information to make an informed decision about whether the Air Force interests them.

Advising

All majors and minors have a primary academic advisor in Steele Building. At a minimum, students who join the AFROTC program are required to meet with their advisor every fall term to develop and update their academic plan. The department’s education officer and academic instructors help oversee this process. For information on Air Force officer careers, please visit the AFROTC Web site.

Special Opportunities in Aerospace Studies

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Two- to 3.5-year scholarships are available to students based on merit or specialized major (e.g., foreign language or nursing). In most cases, these scholarships cover tuition and fees, and provide a tax-free allowance ($250 to $400 each month) and a textbook allowance ($600) each semester. The scholarship does not cover room and board. 

Foreign Language/Study Abroad Stipend and Opportunities

All contract and scholarship cadets are eligible to earn up to $3,000 per academic year for studying a foreign language or participating in a study abroad program.

Air Force ROTC cadets are uniquely eligible to participate in Department of Defense language grant programs through major universities, often involving study abroad. See Project GO or contact the unit admissions officer for more information.

Extracurricular Activities

The AFROTC experience is much more than classroom studies. Cadets participate in a range of activities. These include social functions such as a formal dinner, fundraising events, color guard at home football and basketball games, volunteer work in the community, and field trips to military bases. Recent cadet activities are highlighted on a public Facebook page.

Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a national service organization dedicated to furthering the traditions, purposes, and concepts of the United States Air Force as a military organization and a professional calling. The local AAS chapter is active nationwide, and AFROTC cadets attend the regional and national conventions each year.

Guaranteed Job Placement

Successful AFROTC program graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

Professor

Kenneth Cates, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force.

Assistant Professors

Annamaria Vesely, Captain, U.S. Air Force.

MaDana Bivens, Captain, U.S. Air Force.

AERO–Aerospace Studies

Undergraduate-level Courses

AERO 101. Heritage and Values of the United States Air Force. 1 Credit.

Part one of a two-part course that examines the opportunities of an Air Force officer, as well as the structure and function of the Air Force.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 102. Heritage and Values of the United States Air Force. 1 Credit.

Part two of a two-part course that examines the opportunities of an Air Force officer, as well as the structure and function of the Air Force.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 190. Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

Seminar in topics related to the United States Air Force.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 2 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 196. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Readings and research of topics regarding the United States Air Force.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 2 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 201. Team and Air Force Leadership Fundamentals. 1 Credit.

This course lays the foundation for leading effective teams and developing leadership skills.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 202. Team and Air Force Leadership Fundamentals II. 1 Credit.

This course continues to lay the foundation for leading effective teams and developing leadership skills.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 213. Air Power and Modern Warfare. 3 Credits.

Examines air power theory and practice from 1914 to the present. Focuses on the application of air power as an instrument of war and the effectiveness of that application.
Gen Ed: HS, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 213, PWAD 213.

AERO 301. Leading People and Effective Communication I. 3 Credits.

Part one of a two-part course concerning contemporary leadership and management of the Air Force Officer.
Requisites: Prerequisites, AERO 101, 102, 201, and 202.
Gen Ed: CI.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 302. Leading People and Effective Communication II. 3 Credits.

Part two of a two-part course concerning contemporary leadership and management of the Air Force Officer.
Requisites: Prerequisites, AERO 101, 102, 201, and 202.
Gen Ed: CI.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 393. Air and Space Expeditionary Training. 1 Credit.

Provides leadership training in a military environment. Professional development is achieved through academics, physical fitness, marksmanship, and leadership exercises. Course reviews leadership lessons in a simulated expeditionary deployment to a combat zone. Restricted to ROTC cadets from all services.
Grading status: Letter grade.

Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate-level Courses

AERO 401. National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty. 3 Credits.

Part one of a two-part class that examines the basic elements of national security policy and process issues relevant to new Air Force officers.
Requisites: Prerequisites, AERO 101, 102, 201, and 202.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 402. National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty. 3 Credits.

Part two of a two-part class that examines the basic elements of national security policy and process issues relevant to new Air Force officers.
Requisites: Prerequisites, AERO 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, and 302.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AERO 500. Leadership Laboratory. 0 Credits.

Required for all AFROTC cadets. The purpose of the LLAB program is to augment the AFROTC academic curriculum by providing prospective Air Force officers the opportunities and feedback needed to develop the leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills required of successful Air Force officers. The laboratory also offers insight into career opportunities in the USAF, life, and work of the USAF junior officer, and military ceremonies.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.
Grading status: Letter grade.