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Throughout your time as a midshipman, OC, or MECEP enrolled in the NROTC program at UF, you will be required to take a variety of naval science courses in order to attain a working, academic understanding of how the navy accomplishes its mission. Below is a list of the courses you will have to take, as well as a brief description of each.

NSC 1101 – Naval Science Laboratory:
0 credit hours
Drill, basic commands, courtesies, and honors; orientation and information period.
NSC 1110 – Introduction to Naval Science:
2 credit hours
A general introduction to the naval profession and to concepts of seapower. Instruction emphasizes the mission, organization, and warfare components of the Navy and Marine Corps. Included is an overview of officer and enlisted ranks and rates, training and education, and career patterns. The course also covers naval courtesy and customs, military justice, leadership and nomenclature. This course exposes the student to the professional competencies required to become a naval officer.
NSC 1140 – Seapower and Maritime Affairs:
3 credit hours
A survey of naval history from the Phoenicians to the present, with emphasis on major developments. Included is an in-depth discussion of the geopolitical theory of Mahan. The course also treats present day concerns in seapower and maritime affairs, including the economic and political issues of merchant marine commerce, the Navy’s involvement in liberation and terrorist movements overseas, and the massive changes in the U.S. Navy due to the break up of the Soviet Union.
NSC 2101 – Naval Science Laboratory:
0 credit hours
Drill, basic commands, courtesies, and honors; orientation and information period.
NSC 2121 – Naval Ships Systems 1 (Engineering):
3 credit hours
The objectives of the course are to learn basic power systems used in naval propulsion systems, a basic understanding of the thermodynamic process, a working knowledge of major auxiliary ship systems, basic consideration for ship design and stability. Basic electrical theory and damage control are included.
NSC 2122 – Naval Ships Systems 2 (Weapons):
3 credit hours
This course provides an introduction to the theory, characteristics, and principles of operation of naval weapons systems. It includes coverage of types of weapons and fire control systems, capabilities and limitations, theory of target acquisition, identification and tracking, trajectory principles, and basics of naval ordnance.
NSC 3103L – Naval Science Laboratory:
0 credit hours
Practical exercises dealing with the specifics of naval organizations and leadership.
NSC 3214C – Navigation and Naval Operations 1:
3 credit hours
A comprehensive study of the theory, principles, and procedures of ship navigation and movements. Topics include piloting and dead reckoning as well as principles of celestial and electronic navigation, an in-depth exposure to the navigational “rules-of-the-road,” and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and their application to effective safe navigation. Practical lab work in charting, publication usage.
NSC 3215 – Naval Operations and Seamanship:
3 credit hours
A continuation of NSC 3214C. Topics include relative motion theory and the use of a maneuvering board, an understanding of the force, techniques and concepts associated with ship handling is developed as well as exposure to shipboard watch organization, communication systems and environmental considerations. The role of leadership ethics will be discussed while developing an understanding of the process of command and control, dealing specifically with information exchange, conflict resolution, and crisis decision making.
NSC 3221 – Evolution of Warfare:
3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to explore the form of warfare employed by great people in history in order to formulate the sense of historical flow or continuity in the evolution of warfare, to develop a basic sense of strategy, to demonstrate alternative military actions and to explore the impact of historical precedent on military thought and actions as practiced by the great leaders and military organizations.
NSC 4104 – Naval Science Laboratory:
0 credit hours
Practical exercises dealing with the specifics of naval organizations and leadership.
NSC 4224 – Amphibious Warfare:
3 credit hours
A historical survey of the projection of seapower ashore. The course seeks to define the concept, explore its doctrinal origins, and trace its evolution as an element of naval policy during the twentieth century. The case study method is used alongside the theme of general historical continuity to develop an understanding of the relatively new and still maturing concept of amphibious warfare.
NSC 4230 – Leadership and Management:
2 credit hours
An introduction to the principles of naval administration, stressing the experimental approach to learning the principles of leadership and management. The student develops skills in the areas of communication, counseling, control, direction, leadership and management functions and responsibilities through active guided participation in naval-based case studies, experimental exercises and situational problems. Total quality leadership and professional responsibilities are included.
NSC 4233 – Junior Naval Officer:
3 credit hours
A course designed to equip the NROTC student with the skills and abilities required for competence as a commissioned officer. Naval personnel and material management, the administration of division discipline and human resource management are the major areas of focus for this course. This final capstone course in the NROTC curriculum builds upon and focuses the managerial, professional and ethical competencies developed during prior summer cruise training and naval science courses.
NSC 4905C – Independent Study:
1-3 credit hours
Readings, assignments, student presentations, and discussions on various topics of naval science.
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