Military Science Building, Room 102
(970) 491-6506

Colonel (Ret) Peter Bleich, Recruiting Operations Officer


The Army ROTC program provides professional education and leadership training to those students who desire to serve our country as officers in the U.S. Army upon graduation. Successful completion of the program qualifies ROTC cadets for both a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army and an opportunity to serve at least four years on active duty or at least six years in the reserve component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard).

The successful ROTC cadet may choose one of the 16 diverse and exciting career fields in which to serve as an Army officer. A list of these career fields may be obtained from the Department of Military Science.

General Program

The Military Science Program is subdivided into two levels. The basic course is aligned with the freshman and sophomore years and consists of the fundamentals of leadership and management, land navigation, small unit operations, survival, and rappelling. The advanced course is aligned with the junior and senior years and covers leadership assessment, military history, ethics, and professionalism. It also includes leadership skills that prepare the cadet for entry into active or reserve duty as a commissioned officer. Participation in leadership laboratories is open to all students who are enrolled in a military science class.

Two-Year and Graduate Degree Programs

A two-year program is also available for students who have not taken the first two years of ROTC or those who have completed an undergraduate degree and are seeking a two-year graduate program. This program requires the student to attend a summer course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, or have completed basic training from prior enlisted service, between the sophomore and junior years or prior to starting a graduate degree program. This four-week course consists of basic military training and allows the student to enter the advanced course upon return to campus.

Another option to attain an officer’s commission is through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). This program allows a cadet who is a member of an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit to be in the advanced course of ROTC, be paid at the cadet drill pay rate (equivalent to E-5 pay), work as an officer trainee in their unit, and compete for an Army reserve component or active duty commission. Students can also receive the GI Bill and tuition assistance benefits while in Army ROTC.

The Military Science curriculum is intended to enrich and supplement baccalaureate or postgraduate studies in all fields. The Army recognizes the need for officers with varied academic credentials and will award a commission to students who successfully complete ROTC.

Flight Training

After commissioning, flight training is available, although competitive, to those officers who have taken and passed the flight physical and flight aptitude test and have been selected for service within the Aviation Branch. The test is normally administered during the MS III or junior year of ROTC. Training will be rotary wing (helicopter) training.


Colorado State Army ROTC scholarship students may be awarded scholarships that pay full tuition (in-state or out-of-state), mandatory fees, $1,200 per year for books and a graduated stipend (living allowance) of $300 per month up to a maximum of $500 per month. Applications for the four-year scholarship can be requested by calling 1-800-USA-ROTC or applying online. Two- and three-year scholarships for sophomores and freshmen, respectively, may be applied for throughout the school year directly through the on-campus Army ROTC Program.

Financial Assistance Opportunities

In addition to two-, three-, and four-year scholarships, Army ROTC has the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), which provides additional experience and financial assistance from two sources: a National Guard or Reserve unit and Army ROTC. SMP students may also qualify for GI Bill benefits, loan repayment money, and up to 100% tuition assistance money, based on available funding and service time.

Minor in Military Science

ROTC students can earn a minor in Military Science. The minor requires 27 credits, which encompass approximately 87% of the military science courses, a military history course, and summer training. This minor allows ROTC students to compete in the University Honors Program or complete majors that also require a minor.

Effective Spring 2015

In order to receive a minor in Military Science, students must commission as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army upon graduation from CSU.

Lower Division
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Leadership and Personal Development
Introduction to Tactical Leadership
Innovative Team Leadership
Foundations of Tactical Leadership
Basic Camp Leader Internship 1,2
Credit awarded for prior military service 3
MLSC 301Adaptive Tactical Leadership 43
MLSC 302Leadership in Changing Environments 43
MLSC 357The American Military Experience3
or HIST 357 The American Military Experience
MLSC 396Military Science Group Study V1
MLSC 397Military Science Group Study VI1
MLSC 401Developing Adaptive Leaders 53
MLSC 402Leadership in a Complex World 53
MLSC 496Military Science Group Study VII1
MLSC 497Military Science Group Study VIII1
Total Credits27

Taken between the student’s sophomore and junior years, the five-week Basic Camp (MLSC 250) will meet commissioning requirements for MLSC 101, MLSC 102, MLSC 201, MLSC 202. The number of 100- and 200-level MLSC courses taken will determine the number of credits awarded for MLSC 250.


Students who have taken all of the Basic Course (MLSC 101, MLSC 102, MLSC 201, MLSC 202) or have completed Basic Training as a prior service member are not eligible to take MLSC 250.


Students may be given transfer credit for prior military service that can be applied to lower-division credits.


Students may substitute MLSC 395 for MLSC 301 and MLSC 302 with approval from advisor and instructor.


Students may substitute MLSC 495 for MLSC 401 and MLSC 402 with approval from advisor and instructor.