Vanderbilt NROTC


Introduction to Naval Science (NS 100) - Freshman/Fall.  A general introduction to the naval profession and to concepts of sea power. The mission, organization, and warfare components of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Overview of officer and enlisted ranks and rates, training and education, and career patterns. Naval courtesy and customs, military justice, leadership, and nomenclature. Professional competencies required to become a naval officer.

Seapower in History (HIST 169) - Freshman/Spring.  A survey of the U.S. naval history. Naval aspects of U.S. conflicts from the American Revolution to the global war on terror. The influence of technological innovation, domestic politics, and foreign policy on the development and execution of naval doctrine and tactics.

Organization & Management (NS 241) - Sophomore/Fall.  Organizational behavior, management, and leadership principles in the context of naval organization. The management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling; individual and group behavior in organizations; motivation and leadership. Experiential exercises, case studies, and laboratory discussions. Decision making, communication, responsibility, authority, and accountability.

Navigation (NS 231) - Sophomore/Spring.  Students develop practical skills in naval piloting procedures. Charts, visual and electronic aids, and theory and operation of magnetic and gyro compasses; inland and international rules of the nautical road. A broad overview of the celestial coordinate system, including spherical trigonometry and how celestial information can be applied to navigation at sea. Basic principles of environmental factors affecting naval operations.

Ships Engineering Systems (NS 121) - Junior/Fall.  A detailed study of ship characteristics and types, including ship design and control, propulsion, hydrodynamic forces, stability, compartmentation, and electrical and auxiliary systems. Included are basic concepts of the theory and design of steam, gas turbine, and nuclear propulsion.

Ships Weapons Systems (NS 232) - Junior/Spring.  Theory and employment of weapons systems, including the processes of detection, evaluation, threat analysis, weapon selection, delivery, guidance, and explosives. Fire control systems and major weapons types, including capabilities and limitations. Physical aspects of radar and underwater sound. Facets of command, control, and communications as means of weapons system integration. 

Naval Operations (NS 130) - Senior/Fall.  Relative motion vector analysis theory, formation tactics, and ship employment; practical skills in relative motion problems. Controllable and noncontrollable forces in shiphandling, ship behavior, and maneuvering characteristics; various methods of visual communication, including flaghoist, flashing light, and semaphore.

Leadership & Ethics (NS 242) - Senior/Spring.  The interaction of leadership, organizational behavior, and human resource management. Subordinate interviewing and counseling, performance appraisal, military and civilian law, and managerial ethics and values. This capstone course integrates professional competencies to develop understanding of the issues faced by leaders, managers, and naval officers.

Evolution of Warfare (NS 231M - Marine Option)  This course traces the development of warfare, from earliest recorded history to the present, with focus on the impact of major military theorists, strategists, tacticians, and technological developments. The student acquires a basic sense of strategy and develops an understanding of military alternatives and the impact of historical precedent on military thought and actions.

Amphibious Warfare (NS 241M - Marine Option)  A historical survey of the development of amphibious doctrine and the conduct of amphibious operations. The evolution of amphibious warfare in the 20th century, especially during World War II. Present-day potential and limitations on amphibious operations, including the concept of rapid deployment force.