​Degree Requirements

Four-Year Commissioning Program

Enrollment in the Army ROTC program is not a requirement for taking military science courses. Military Science offers a varied class schedule to meet students' requirements. The Army ROTC program consists of one course per semester along with scheduled leadership laboratories and field training. The four-year program is divided into two parts: the basic course and the advanced course. The basic course is usually taken in the freshman and sophomore years. No military commitment is incurred during this time, and students may withdraw at any time through the end of the second year. The first year consists of 2 unit introductory courses each semester. The second year consists of 2 unit courses with instruction on organizational leadership theories. Uniforms, necessary military science textbooks and materials are furnished without cost.

After completing the basic course, students who have demonstrated officer potential, have met physical and scholastic standards and agree to contract are eligible to enroll in the advanced course. This course is normally taken in the final two years of college and consists of outlined military science and designated enrichment courses that include communication skills, military history and computer literacy.
The advanced program is taught at San Diego State University through the College of Extended Studies. In addition, the advanced course consists of a paid five-week leadership assessment course held during the summer between the junior and senior years. This course permits students to put into practice the leadership principles and theories acquired in the classroom. All students in the advanced course receive uniforms, necessary military science textbooks, pay for the leadership assessment course, and a living allowance of up to $4,000 each school year.

Upon completion of the advanced course, students are commissioned Second Lieutenants in the US Army. The available options after commissioning are active duty for a minimum of three years or three months active duty for training followed by part-time participation in the US Army Reserve or US Army National Guard. Several special programs are available for students who have previous ROTC training or active military service. These programs allow for part- or full-placement credit for the basic course. In addition, a program is available for simultaneous participation in both Army ROTC and the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Two-Year Commissioning Program

This program offers students the opportunity to be commissioned officers after two years of Army ROTC instead of four years. The two year program is designed for community and junior college graduates and students who did not take Army ROTC during their first two years or who have prior military experience. The five-week summer Leaders Training Course (LTC), Military Science 221, provides the military skills and leadership training normally taught during the freshman and sophomore on-campus courses. LTC is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and a paid salary, transportation, meals and lodging will be furnished. LTC graduates enroll in Military Science 301 to enter the advanced course and complete the advanced program at the San Diego State University campus as described above.


101 Introduction to Leadership  I / 3 units

MILS 101 introduces cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining a big-picture understanding of ROTC, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. Relative examples and discussions are used to relate leadership to not only the military, but to Corporate America.

102 Introduction to Leadership II / 3 Units

MILS 102 overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on and interactive exercises. The principles discussed in this curriculum can be used to prepare managers for Corporate America by building a solid foundation for the understanding of leadership.

201 Foundations of Leadership I / 3 Units

MILS 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework (trait and behavior theories). Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in Leadership Labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership values and attributes through an understanding of Army rank, structure and duties, and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier's Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE).

202 Foundations of Leadership II / 3 Units

MILS 202 examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operations orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios.

Physical Fitness Requirements

As part of the Army ROTC program, you must be able to prove on a continuous basis that you are physically qualified. The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is designed to test the muscular strength/endurance and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of soldiers in the United States Army. Soldiers are given a score based on their performance in three events consisting of the push-up (PU), sit-up (SU) and a two-mile run. Possible scores range from 0 to 100 points in each event. A passing score is a total of 180 or higher with a minimum score of 60 in each event. Pictured below are the standards for the APFT:

Age Group 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
Maximum 100% 71 74 77 75 73 66 59 56 54 50
Minimum 60% 42 40 39 36 34 31 25 20 18 16
Age Group 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
Maximum 100% 42 46 50 45 40 37 34 31 28 25
Minimum 60% 19 17 17 15 13 12 10 9 8 7
Male and Female
Age Group 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
Maximum 100% 78 80 82 76 76 72 66 66 64 63
Minimum 60% 53 50 45 42 38 32 31 28 27 26
Age Group 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
Maximum 100% 13:00 13:30 13:18 13:18 13:36 14:06 14:24 14:42 15:18 15:42
Minimum 60% 15:54 16:36 17:00 17:42 18:18 18:42 19:30 19:48 19:54 20:00
Age Group 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
Maximum 100% 15:36 15:36 15:48 15:54 17:00 17:24 17:36 19:00 19:42 20:00
Minimum 60% 18:54 19:36 20:30 21:42 22:42 23:42 24:00 24:24 24:48 25:00