Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Purpose and Goals

The Prairie View A&M University Naval ROTC Unit was established in March of 1968. The staff of the Naval Science Department consists of active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel and civilian administrative assistants who are dedicated to producing officers of the highest quality for the Navy and Marine Corps.

Upon graduation, qualified Naval ROTC Midshipmen, Officer Candidates and Marines are commissioned as Ensigns in the United States Navy or Second Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps. Depending on the community selected, midshipmen are obligated to serve a minimum of five years of active duty.

NROTC Programs

Four-Year Scholarship Program

Naval ROTC Midshipmen join the unit as recipients of various scholarships four-year National Scholarship, Minority Served Institution Scholarship Reservation (formerly Historically Black College/University Scholarship), or Frederick C. Branch Scholarship. The goal of all students enrolled is to earn a Navy or Marine Corps commission. Scholarship NROTC students are selected annually through nationwide competitive examinations, interviews, and review of high school records. Those selected for scholarships are appointed Midshipmen U.S. Naval Reserve and receive benefits which include tuition, instructional fees, uniforms, book stipend ($750 per year), and monthly stipend of $250-$400 for a maximum of 40 months (Current monthly stipend is $250 for freshman, $300 for sophomore, $350 for juniors, and $400 for seniors).

Two-Year Scholarship Program

Men and women who are junior college transfers are eligible to participate in the NROTC program if they are physically qualified and selected for training during their sophomore year. Each student selected will receive six weeks of Navy-oriented instruction and drill in lieu of the normally required freshman and sophomore naval science courses. Training occurs during the summer between the sophomore and junior years at the Naval Science Institute (NSI). Successful completion of the NSI course qualifies these students for enrollment in junior-year NROTC courses and for appointment as NROTC scholarship Midshipmen.

College Program

Students that do not meet the requirements for a four-year scholarship may voluntarily enter the NROTC Program and participate in all unit classes, laboratories, activities and events during their freshman and sophomore year. In order to continue in the program and receive a commission, these students must either be selected for a four-year scholarship or meet the requirements to be selected as to Advanced Standing prior to the start beginning of their junior year. Transfer to the scholarship program or Advanced Standing in the college program requires the student to meet Navy physical qualification standards and demonstrate leadership ability and high academic performance.

  • Those selected for scholarship are appointed Midshipmen, United States Naval Reserve, and receive benefits during their remaining years of school which include tuition, instructional fees, uniforms, a book stipend ($750 per year), and a monthly stipend of $250-$400 for a maximum of 40 months.
  • Tuition and fees.
  • College program students receive uniforms and naval science textbooks. upon entering the advanced phase of Naval Science as juniors, receive a stipend of $350 per month ($400 per month as a senior) for a maximum of 20 months.

Naval Science Minor Program Requirements

Any student attending Prairie View A&M University can minor in Naval Science by completing the following academic requirements:

Minor Field Requirements

NAVY 1013Introduction to Naval Sciences3
NAVY 1023Sea power and Maritime Affairs3
NAVY 2013Leadership and Management I3
NAVY 3103Evolution of Warfare3
or NAVY 3023 Naval Ships Systems I
NAVY 4013Naval Ships Systems II3
or NAVY 4103
NAVY 4023Leadership and Management II3
Total Hours18

Note: Students must earn a minimum grade of a “C” in all classes taken in their major disciplines and a minimum grade of a “C” in all classes taken in their minor disciplines.

Commissioning Program Requirements

In order to receive a commission in either the United States Navy or United States Marine Corps a student must be accepted into a four year scholarship, two-year scholarship, or into Advanced Standing in the College Program.

Commissioning Academic Requirements

Ensign, United States Navy
NAVY 1013Introduction to Naval Sciences3
NAVY 1023Sea power and Maritime Affairs3
NAVY 2013Leadership and Management I3
NAVY 2023Navigation and Naval Operations I3
NAVY 3013Navigation and Naval Operations II3
NAVY 3023Naval Ships Systems I3
NAVY 4013Naval Ships Systems II3
NAVY 4023Leadership and Management II3
Select two of the following:8
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Differential Equations
Advanced Math for Engineers
PHYS 2513
PHYS 2523
University Physics I
and University Physics II
AGRO 1703Crop Science (This course is necessary)3
Total Hours41
Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
NAVY 1013Introduction to Naval Sciences3
NAVY 1023Sea power and Maritime Affairs3
NAVY 2013Leadership and Management I3
NAVY 3103Evolution of Warfare3
NAVY 4023Leadership and Management II3
NAVY 41033
Total Hours18

Note: All Naval Science courses, for students pursuing a commission, include a mandatory two hour(0 SCH) Professional Development Leadership Laboratory.

Commensurate Programs

  1. Naval Science students may select naval science courses as free electives or electives in their degree programs.
  2. Naval Science students may substitute Introduction to Naval Science (NAVY 1013), Leadership and Management I (NAVY 2013), or Amphibious Warfare (NAVY 4103) for up to two semester hours of the physical education activity requirement in the general education program.
  3. NAVY 1023 (Sea Power) may be substituted for three of the University’s mandatory six history hours

NOTE: The NROTC Scholarship is a four-year scholarship requiring students to be commissioned within eight semesters. An additional 24 to 38 hours is required beyond the student’s normal degree requirements. Naval Science students must plan accordingly. All Naval Science students must take at a minimum 15 SCH per semester; 12 SCH major requirements and 3 SCH for Naval Science Courses. Dependent on credit hour requirements of the individual’s major, Naval Science students may be required to complete 18 to 22 hours per semester in order to graduate on time.

Naval Science Curriculum Sequence

Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
NAVY 10133NAVY 10233
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
NAVY 20133NAVY 20233
MATH 11244MATH 20244
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
NAVY 4013 or 31033NAVY 30233
PHYS 25133PHYS 25233
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
NAVY 30133NAVY 40233
NAVY 41033 
Total Hours: 41

Special Requirements

Scholarship students must complete the following specified college courses taught by civilian faculty as delineated below. College Program students are encouraged to complete the courses in order to improve potential selection for a scholarship.

Title Year Taken Normally Required or Recommended Minimum Semester Hours
Calculus (Differential and Integral) (two of the following courses): MATH 1124, MATH 2024, MATH 2034, MATH 2043, MATH 4173 Freshman-Sophomore Required of all Navy Option Scholarship students by end of Sophomore year. 8 SCH
University Physics (Calculus-based): PHYS 2513 and PHYS 2523 Sophomore-Junior Required of all Navy Option Scholarship students by end of Junior year. 6 SCH
  1. All Navy drills, ceremonies, information briefings, seminars, and supplemental workshops scheduled during any semester are considered naval science course requirements. Students are required to participate in all unit activities scheduled.
  2. HUPF 1011 and HUPF 1321 (intermediate swimming) is recommended for all Naval Science Students. Swimming at the level of a third class swimmer is required prior to the first midshipman summer cruise.
  3. Qualification as a Mate A and Skipper B in the unit’s small boat sail program.
  4. Development Opportunities. Through the NROTC program, Midshipmen may become members of the Drill Team, Color Guard, and Navy and Marine Corps professional societies. Midshipmen are encouraged to participate in all areas of university life, athletic, student government, and university committees.

Training Tab

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NAVY 1013 Introduction to Naval Sciences: 3 semester hours.

A general introduction to the naval profession and to concepts of sea power. Instruction emphasizes the mission, organization, and warfare components of the Navy and Marine Corps.

NAVY 1023 Sea power and Maritime Affairs: 3 semester hours.

A survey of U.S . Naval History from the American Revolution to the present, with emphasis on major developments. Included is an in-depth discussion of the geopolitical theory of Mahan.

NAVY 2013 Leadership and Management I: 3 semester hours.

A comprehensive, advanced-level study of organizational behavior and management in the context of the naval organization. Topics include a survey of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling; an introduction to individual and group behavior in organization; and extensive study of motivation and leadership. Practical applications are explored by the use of experiential exercises, case studies, and laboratory discussions.

NAVY 2023 Navigation and Naval Operations I: 3 semester hours.

An in-depth study of plotting, including theory, principles, and procedures. Other topics discussed include tides, currents, effects of wind and weather, plotting, use of navigation instruments, types and characteristics of electronic navigation systems, and A Day's Work in Navigation.

NAVY 3013 Navigation and Naval Operations II: 3 semester hours.

A study of relative-motion vector-analysis theory, relative motion problems, formation tactics, and ship deployment. Also included is an introduction to Naval Operations and operations analysis, communications and seamanship.
Prerequisites: NAVY 2023.

NAVY 3023 Naval Ships Systems I: 3 semester hours.

A detailed study of ship characteristics and types, including ship design, hydrodynamic forces, stability, compartmentation, propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems, interior communications, ship control, and damage control.

NAVY 3103 Evolution of Warfare: 3 semester hours.

This course traces historically the development of warfare from the dawn of recorded history to the present, focusing on the impact of major military theorists, strategists, tacticians, and technological developments.

NAVY 3993 Independent Study: 3 semester hours.

Navy 3000 level course & reading and/or field work on selected topics.

NAVY 4013 Naval Ships Systems II: 3 semester hours.

This course outlines the theory and employment of weapons systems. The student explores the processes of detection, evaluation, threat analysis, weapon selection, delivery, guidance, and explosives. Fire control systems and major weapon types are discussed.

NAVY 4023 Leadership and Management II: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to acquaint graduating Midshipmen with the basic elements of naval leadership, ethics, and junior officer responsibilities through the study of the Navy's Core Values, ethics, military justice, naval human resources management, directives and correspondence, naval personnel administration, material management and maintenance, and supply systems.
Prerequisites: NAVY 2013.

NAVY 4113 Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare: 3 semester hours.

Broad aspects of warfare and their interactions with maneuver warfare doctrine. Specific focus on the United States Marine Corps was the premier maneuver warfare fighting institution. Historical influences on current tactical, operational, and strategic implications of maneuver warfare practices in current and future operations. Case studies. Repeat credit for students who have completed NAVY 4103 Amphibious Warfare.

NAVY 4993 Independent Study: 3 semester hours.

Navy 4000 level course & reading and/or field work on selected topics.