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Naval Science

The purpose of the Naval Science program is to provide college students desiring to become Naval or Marine Corps officers a basic professional background in the following areas: introduction to naval sciences; leadership, ethics, and management; piloting and navigation; nautical rules of the road; ship characteristics, design, and propulsion; theory and employment of weapon systems; amphibious operations and history of warfare. This curriculum is open to all university students. A graduate will be able to assume, through development of mind and character, the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government. Participants who complete a minimum of 18 units from this program (9 of which must be upper division) are eligible to receive a minor in Naval Science.

Program Objectives

The primary objectives of the Naval Science department curriculum are to provide:
1. an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of Naval Science
2. a basic understanding of associated professional knowledge
3. an appreciation of the requirements for national security
4. a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility
5. an educational background which will allow Naval Science students to undertake successfully, in later periods in their careers, advanced/continuing education in a field of application and interest to the Navy or Marine Corps.

Naval Science Courses (NAVS)

AA 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, training and education, and career patterns. The course also covers ethics, basic leadership skills, naval courtesies and customs, military justice, and nomenclature. This course exposes the student to the professional competencies required to become a naval officer.

A historical survey of United States naval history from the American Revolution to the present with emphasis on major developments. The course also treats present-day concerns in seapower and maritime affairs including the economic and political issues of merchant marine commerce, the law of the sea, and a comparison of United States and other foreign naval strategies. Each era covered will be analyzed by evaluating the significance of the following: 1) strategy and tactics; 2) leadership; 3) technological advancements; 4) inter-service relations; 5) naval doctrine, 6) foreign policy; and, 7) Congressional relations.

The theme of the course is the “Naval officer as a leader, manager, and organizational decision-maker.” The course will begin with modules on ethics and integrity, progress through management theory and practical functions of management, and culminate with a module on leadership. Lectures, reading assignments, films, discussions, exercises, interviews, and student presentations provide students with an excellent opportunity to wrestle with complex ethical, managerial, and leadership issues. The goal of this course is for students to begin to develop a sound personal leadership philosophy that will enable them to more effectively accomplish both personal and professional goals.

An in-depth study in the theory, principles, and procedures of ship navigation and maneuvering. Students learn piloting, navigation, and maneuvering to include the use of charts, visual and electronic aids, theory and operation of magnetic and gyro compasses, relative-motion vector analysis theory, formation tactics, and ship employment. Practical skills in plotting and piloting are stressed. International and inland rules of the nautical road, naval operations and operations analysis, applied aspects of ship handling, and afloat communications are also studied. Additionally, leadership traits in the themes of communication, counseling, and conflict resolution as they relate to safe navigation and ship movement will be developed. Other topics include tides, currents, effects of wind and weather, use of navigation instruments, celestial navigation, and the characteristics of electronic navigation.

A detailed study of ship characteristics and types including hull, electrical, and auxiliary systems. Principles of stability and damage control are also covered. Advantages and disadvantages of steam, gas turbine, and diesel propulsion engines and their operation receive in-depth study. Leadership topics as they apply in an engineering setting are discussed.

This course outlines the theory and employment of naval weapons systems. Topics of discussion include radars, gun and missile systems, underwater direction and tracking, and basic naval ordinance. Case studies of weapon systems employment are covered, with emphasis on accountability.