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Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Science

Department Overview

202 Clark

Naval Science offers University students an opportunity to engage in study that leads to a commission in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps while working toward a baccalaureate degree. The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) unit functions in conjunction with Naval Science. An NROTC student may select an academic major within certain limitations (e.g., some programs that normally lead to immediate graduate education, such as architecture, are not consistent with the mission of the NROTC program).

In addition to their University curricula, NROTC students take naval science courses in history and customs, naval engineering/weapons systems, navigation, naval operations, and leadership/management. In addition, each student must attend one naval science laboratory session and one physical training session per week. During the summer, students may have a four-to-six-week training cruise to put into practice their earlier classroom training.

Two NROTC programs are offered, as outlined below. In addition, any University student may take a naval science course without enrolling in the NROTC program, or may complete a minor in naval science, requirements for which are shown below.

Navy-Marine Scholarship Program

Each year students are accepted for scholarship status in the four-year, three-year alternate, and two-year NROTC scholarship programs. Eligibility for the three- and four-year programs is based upon nationwide competition and selection by a central selection committee. Application must be made by December 1 of the academic year preceding appointment as a midshipman. Those selected are provided educational benefits, including subsidy by the Navy of all tuition, fees, and uniforms. In addition, there is a textbook stipend each quarter and a monthly subsistence pay which ranges between $250 and $400.

For the two-year scholarship program, applications from current sophomores, or juniors enrolled in five-year programs of study, must be received by March. Those chosen by a central selection committee attend a six-week course of instruction at the Naval Science Institute (NSI) at Newport, Rhode Island, during the summer prior to their junior year. Successful completion of NSI instruction qualifies these students for enrollment in the advanced courses in the NROTC program. All scholarship students are appointed as midshipmen, USNR-R, and upon graduation are commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve, after which they serve on active duty for a minimum of four years.

Navy-Marine College Program

Each year, men and women are accepted for four- and two-year non-scholarship college programs. Applications for the two-year program are accepted from current sophomores in community colleges or four-year colleges and must be received prior to March of their sophomore year (or third year, if in a five-year program).

Those students selected for the two-year program attend a six-week course of instruction at the Naval Science Institute (NSI) at Newport, Rhode Island, during the summer prior to their junior year. Successful completion of NSI instruction qualifies students for enrollment in the advanced course in the NROTC program. Students in the NROTC college program pay their own college expenses but receive monthly subsistence pay during their junior and senior years. The Navy furnishes all uniforms and textbooks used in naval science courses.

All college-program students are eligible for a scholarship after completing one academic term, with scholarship awards based on academic grades and participation within the midshipman battalion. The two-year college-program students also may win a scholarship for superior performance at NSI. Upon graduation, college-program students are commissioned in the Navy Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve and serve on active duty for three years.

Undergraduate Program

202 Clark, Box 353840
(206) 543-0170


Minor requirements

25 credits, to include the following:

  1. N SCI 201; N SCI 402 (6 credits)
  2. Additional naval science coursework (19 credits)
  3. Minimum 12 naval science credits completed at the upper-division level
  4. Minimum 12 naval science credits completed in residence through the UW
  5. Minimum 2.5 grade in each course presented for the minor