Chairperson: Dan Olson, CAPT, USN
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The Marquette University Department of Naval Science offers a naval science minor area of study for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a commission as an officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. The primary purpose of this minor is to teach prospective Naval and Marine Corps Officers the history of the Navy, current naval affairs, maritime strategy and the evolution of that strategy throughout the Navy and Marine Corps, operations and functions of current naval vessels, as well as a strong and continuing emphasis on leadership and moral decision making throughout every one of the classes. The course work provides students with the opportunity to acquire sound judgment, leadership, historical knowledge and current naval functions which are essential in becoming an officer in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Minor in Naval Science

The minor in naval science consists of a minimum of 21-23 credit hours of Naval Science courses from the following:

Naval Science Courses:
NASC 1009Introduction to Naval Science2
NASC 1022Sea Power and Maritime Affairs3
NASC 2151Navigation and Naval Operations 13
NASC 2185Leadership and Management3
NASC 3142Naval Ship Systems 13
NASC 3162Naval Ship Systems 23
NASC 4152Navigation and Naval Operations 23
NASC 4186Leadership and Core-Value-Based Decision-Making3
or NASC 4995 Independent Study in Naval Sciences
Total Credit Hours23

Marine Option:

Students are required to complete 21 credit hours in NASC courses, as listed below.

Required Courses:
NASC 1009Introduction to Naval Science2
NASC 1022Sea Power and Maritime Affairs3
NASC 2185Leadership and Management3
NASC 3161Evolution of the Art of War3
NASC 3191Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare3
NASC 3964Practicum in U.S. Marine Corps Leadership and Management4
NASC 4186Leadership and Core-Value-Based Decision-Making3
or NASC 4995 Independent Study in Naval Sciences
Total Credit Hours21
Additional Requirements for Navy Option Scholarship Students:
Calculus - Must complete by end of sophmore year:8
Calculus 1
and Calculus 2
Physics - Must complete by end of junior year:8
General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1
and General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2
History or Political Science Course - Choose one of the following:
HIST 3118American Military History3
or POSC 4376 American National Security Policy
English - Must complete two courses6
*World Culture Courses - Choose one of the following courses:3
History Courses:
Survey of Latin America
Africa
East Asia
Modern Middle East Since 1500
North Africa
Modern Japan
Modern China
Topics in History (if relevant to Third World and/or Middle Eastern cultures)
Political Science Courses:
Chinese Politics
Politics of the Developing World
International Politics of the Middle East
International Politics of Asia
Theology Courses:
Jewish Thought and Practice
Islam: Faith and Practice
Total Credit Hours28

Notes:

  • NROTC students should note that most programs will probably entail more than the minimum credits normally required for graduation.
  • Core and major requirements may dictate which combination of calculus courses must be taken.
  • *Other world culture courses must be approved by NROTC.
  • To be competitive for selection for a scholarship, non-scholarship students should plan on completing two terms of calculus: MATH 1450 Calculus 1 and MATH 1451 Calculus 2 by the end of the freshman year and two terms of physics:PHYS 1003 General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1 and PHYS 1004 General Physics with Introductory Calculus 2 by the end of the sophomore year. For specific details, contact the professor of Naval Science.

Courses

NASC 1001. Drill and Information Briefing. 0 cr. hrs.

Weekly formations focusing on Marine Corps and Navy drill, ceremonies, and inspections. Classroom instruction on special interest areas to the prospective naval officer such as financial responsibilities, career opportunities, leadership, maritime strategy and national security. Instruction and application of the fundamentals of unit organization, the chain of command, and how to properly wear and inspect uniforms. Designed to develop teamwork, leadership, management, and initiative. Required of all NROTC students. SNC/UNC grade assessment.

NASC 1009. Introduction to Naval Science. 2 cr. hrs.

General introduction to seapower and the naval service. The instruction places particular emphasis on the mission, organization, regulations and broad warfare components of the Navy. Included is an overview of officer and enlisted rank and rating structures, procurement and recruitment, training and education, promotion and advancement, and retirement policies. Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 1022. Sea Power and Maritime Affairs. 3 cr. hrs.

Influence of U.S. Sea Power and Maritime Affairs on international economic and political relationships. Classroom discussions based on independent reading. Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 2151. Navigation and Naval Operations 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Theory, principles and procedures of ship navigation and movements. Nautical astronomy, oceanographic factors, piloting, celestial navigation, celestial sights, sextants, charts, publications, electronic aids and inertial navigation systems. Rules of the nautical road, lights, signals, and navigational aids. Prereq: Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 2185. Leadership and Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Stress on experiential approach to leadership and management with military emphasis. Motivation and communication theory and practice. Group dynamics and decision making techniques. Lines of control and organizational structure. Case studies, experiential exercises and situational problems will be used. Prereq: Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 3142. Naval Ship Systems 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Ship design, construction, types and missions. Ship compartmentalization, interior communications, propulsion, auxiliary power and ship control systems. Elements of ship design for safe operation. Ship stability characteristics. Prereq: Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 3161. Evolution of the Art of War. 3 cr. hrs.

Military principles and concepts throughout history. Tactical and strategic applications in selected engagements. Prereq: Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 3162. Naval Ship Systems 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Theory and principles of operation of naval weapons systems including types, capabilities, and limitations. Theory of target detection, acquisition, identification and tracking. Principles of trajectories. Prereq: NASC 3142. Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 3191. Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare. 3 cr. hrs.

Broad aspects of warfare and their interactions with maneuver warfare doctrine. Specific focus on the United States Marine Corps as the premier maneuver warfare fighting institution. Historical influences on current tactical, operational and strategic implications of maneuver warfare practices in current and future operations. Prereq: Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 3964. Practicum in U.S. Marine Corps Leadership and Management. 4 cr. hrs.

Provides instruction and practical application of leadership and management techniques used in the Marine Corps and Naval Service. The course is held at the Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Jr. stndg. in USMC option.

NASC 4152. Navigation and Naval Operations 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Theory, principles and procedures of ship navigation, movements and employment. Tactical formations and dispositions, relative motion and maneuvering board solutions. Analysis of tactical plots for force effectiveness. Prereq: NASC 2151. Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 4186. Leadership and Core-Value-Based Decision-Making. 3 cr. hrs.

Application of techniques and theories learned in NASC 1185. Practical application of sound leadership and ethics to Navy situations. Investigation of levels of ethical decision-making: legal, constitutional , utilitarian, divine. Examination of role of honor, courage and commitment in leadership. Prereq: NASC 2185. Non-NROTC students require cons. of dept. ch.

NASC 4995. Independent Study in Naval Sciences. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Independent study of special topics in Military Science under faculty supervision. Topics selected by student/faculty conference. Prereq: cons. of dept. ch.