Aerospace StudiesMitch Dodd, Head
Assistant Professors Skinner and Kinkaid
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps provides the best means for undergraduate and graduate students to become officers in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of the university program, students are commissioned second lieutenants, and then enter active duty as a pilot, navigator, or enter a technical or nontechnical career field; are deferred for graduate study, to enter active service after degree completion; or enter into Air Force-sponsored graduate study at full pay while serving as Air Force officers.
Any studentgraduate or undergraduate who is a U.S. citizen may apply to become a cadet by enrolling in AERO 110 and AERO 099. The duration of the program varies from two to four years, depending upon an applicant's previous experience and the availability of different options.
Students who apply for and receive the Aired Forces Health Professions Scholarship, and are subsequently accepted to medical school, are guaranteed scholarship through medical school. The medical school scholarship pays med-school tuition, fees, books, and approximately $950 per month.
High school students considering the four-year Air Force College Scholarship Program must be highly motivated toward becoming Air Force officers. To qualify, students should be above-average scholars, be physically capable, possess leadership potential, and apply before December of the senior year. Financial benefits are the same as the undergraduate scholarships mentioned earlier. Applicants should contact their high school counselor or an AFROTC officer for applications and further information. Visit the website afrotc.com for more details.
POC participation requirements include Air Force aptitude testing, an Air Force physical, and completion of six weeks of summer field training.
General military courses
AERO 110. Aerospace Studies 1A. (1) I. A study of the mission and organization of the United States Air Force; U.S. general purpose and aerospace support forces. One hour of class a week.
AERO 111. Aerospace Studies 1B. (1) II. U.S. strategic offensive and defensive forces; their mission, function, and employment. One hour of class a week.
AERO 210. Aerospace Studies 2A. (1) I. The development of air power from its beginnings to the end of World War II. It traces the development of various concepts of employment of air power. One hour of class a week.
AERO 211. Aerospace Studies 2B. (1) II. The development of air power from the close of World War II to the present. It focuses upon factors which have prompted research and technological change and stresses significant examples of the impact of air power on strategic thought. One hour of class a week.
AERO 215 AFROTC Summer Program. (4) I. Mission and organization of United States Air Force, including function and employment; development of air power from its beginning to the present. Emphasis on factors prompting research and technological change and impact of air power on strategic issues. Taught off campus at selected Air Force bases. Pr.: Open only to students entering AFROTC program at the POC level.
Professional officers courses
AERO 399. Problem in Aerospace Studies. (Var.) I, II. Work offered in any of the AFROTC general or professional courses for students out of phase for graduation; material covered in a basic or advanced course. Pr.: Consent of department head.
AERO 410. Aerospace Studies 4A. (3) I. This course will examine the role of the professional officer in a democratic society; socialization processes within the armed services; the requisites for maintaining adequate national security forces; political, economic, and social constraints upon the overall defense policy-making process. Three hours a week.
AERO 411. Aerospace Studies 4B. (3) II. Focusing on the armed forces as an integral element of society, this course provides an examination of the broad range of American civil-military relations and the environmental context in which defense policy is formulated. Communicative skills are stressed. The role of contemporary aerospace power, and current and future employment of aerospace forces will also be examined. The last portion of this course concentrates on preparation for active duty military service. Three hours of class a week.
AERO 491. Introduction to Flight Training. (1) II. Basic aerodynamics, aviation weather, navigation, flight/mission planning, and introduction to undergraduate pilot/navigator training. Normally taken by senior professional officer course students. Pr.: Consent of instructor.