Curriculum

In addition to their Columbia courses, students in the NROTC programs complete additional Naval Sciences courses at SUNY Maritime, plus a Leadership Lab each term.

NAVY Scholarship and College Programs

Students in these tracks who are pursing the Navy option take the following courses at SUNY Maritime:

  • Introduction to Naval Science (NVSC 101)
  • Sea Power and Maritime Affairs (NVSC 102)
  • Navigation (NVSC 211)
  • Leadership & Management (NVSC 201)
  • Naval Ships Systems I (Engineering, NVSC 304)
  • Naval Ships Systems II (Weapons, NVSC 303)
  • Naval Operations & Seamanship (NVSC 403)
  • Leadership & Ethics (NVSC 402)

Leadership Lab

  • Naval Science Leadership Laboratory (NVSC 150, 250, 350, 450)

MARINE CORPS Scholarship and College Programs

Students pursing the Marine Corps option, take the following courses at SUNY Maritime:

  • Introduction to Naval Science (NVSC 101)
  • Sea Power and Maritime Affairs (NVSC 102)
  • Leadership & Management (NVSC 201)
  • Evolution of Warfare (NVSC 311)  
  • Amphibious Warfare (NVSC 312)
  • Leadership & Ethics (NVSC 402)

Leadership Lab

  • Naval Science Leadership Laboratory (NVSC 150, 250, 350, 450)

During the summer break between school years, students  participate in a variety of training activities designed to help them learn about the career options they can pursue once they are commissioned, as well as familiarize them with  military life. Information about the Midshipman summer training can be found at http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/summer_cruise.aspx.

STA-21 and MECEP

Active duty Sailors and Marines complete most Naval Science requirements before arriving at the NROTC unit.  STA-21 Sailors attend the Naval Science Institute in Newport, RI and MECEP Marines attend Officer Candidates School at Quantico, Virginia.

Students in the STA-21 program take the following courses at SUNY Maritime:

  • Leadership & Management (NVSC 201)
  • Leadership & Ethics (NVSC 402)

Leadership Laboratory

  • Naval Science Leadership (NVSC 150, 250, 350, 450)

Those in the MECEP program take the following:

  • Evolution of Warfare (NVSC 311)  
  • Amphibious Warfare (NVSC 312)
  • Leadership & Ethics (NVSC 402)

Leadership Laboratory

  • Naval Science Leadership (NVSC 150, 250, 350, 450)

Neither STA-21 Sailors nor MECEP Marines have any off-campus summer training requirements.  However, they are required to complete a full summer course load at Columbia.

Areas of Study at Columbia

For the purpose of balancing the educational backgrounds of the officer corps, the Navy divides undergraduate academic majors into three categories or tiers:

TIER 1    Engineering programs of Navy interestClick for Academic Majors
Tier 1 Academic Majors

Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Naval Architecture & Marine/Naval Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Systems Engineering

 
TIER 2     Other engineering, math and science programsClick for Academic Majors
Tier 2 Academic Majors

Agricultural/Biological Engineering & Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering/Architectural Engineering Technologies
Astrophysics
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Biotechnology
Cell/Cellular Biology & Anatomical Sciences
Ceramic Sciences & Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Programming
Computer Science/Info. Tech.
Construction Engineering
Electronics & Comm. Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
General Engineering
General Science
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
Mining & Mineral Engineering
Nuclear & Industrial Radiologic Technology
Oceanography
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Physics
Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
Polymer/Plastics Engineering
Quantitative Economics
Statistics
Textile Sciences & Engineering

 
TIER 3     Foreign language and remaining academic programsClick for Academic Majors
Tier 3 Academic Majors

All majors not listed in Tiers 1 and 2 are considered Tier 3.

The Navy has a particular interest in expanding expertise in language, regional studies and cultural awareness. Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors should examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program which is offered annually to 20 - 30 students. Attainment of a specific level of language proficiency at the time of application is not required by the NROTC LREC program.

The Navy will activate scholarships upon the satisfactory development of a degree plan with the host NROTC unit and university and upon enrollment in the assigned academic major. 

NROTC midshipmen may lose their scholarship if they request a change from Tier 1 or Tier 2 major to a Tier 3 major.  Similarly, Tier 3 LREC majors may lose their scholarship if they depart their course of study prior to graduation. Students should, therefore, consult with the NROTC staff before changing academic tiers.

Some of the academic majors in the three tiers may not match exactly the majors offered at Columbia. Students with questions about how a major at the University fits into the NROTC academic major tier categories should contact Columbia University's NROTC office in 116 Lerner Hall, call 212-851-9959 or email nrotc@columbia.edu. Alternatively, they can contact the SUNY Maritime NROTC unit at at (718) 409-7241 or nrotc@sunymaritime.edu

 

In order to meet the challenges created by the rapid pace of technology change, the Navy awards approximately 85% of its scholarships to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major. 

The Marine Corps does not give preference to any area of study in distributing financial aid to students in the Marine Option of the Scholarship, College and MECEP programs.

Regardless of major, students in the Navy Scholarship Program must complete at least one year of Calculus, one year of Physics, one year of English, a semester of Computer Science and a semester of American History.  College Program Midshipman who are given Advanced Standing are required to take at least a semester of College Algebra, Physical Science, Computer Science, and one year of English. These courses are taken at Columbia. Students in both tracks are also required to take one Naval Science class per semester at SUNY Maritime College.