Naval ROTC/Naval Science

Fordham University is linked by a formal written agreement with SUNY Maritime College and Maritime’s Navy ROTC Unit. This permits Fordham students to enroll in the Navy ROTC Program at Maritime and be commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps upon receiving their bachelor’s degrees.

Navy ROTC midshipmen lead basically the same campus life as other Fordham undergraduates. They make their own arrangements for college enrollment, room and board; pursue studies leading to the bachelor’s degree; and may take part in any extracurricular activities that do not interfere with their Navy ROTC requirements. During drills, summer training periods, and specified naval science classes, they wear uniforms furnished by the government and must conduct themselves in a military manner. Naval science classes and drills are held at the Maritime College, located in historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck peninsula.

To receive a commission, a midshipman must complete all requirements for a bachelor’s degree in accordance with Fordham University rules and regulations. He or she also must complete certain courses specified by the Navy. The Navy is interested in producing top-quality officers, so midshipmen are expected to maintain above-average grades.

Those interested in obtaining more information about the four-year and two-year Navy ROTC Scholarship and College Programs should refer to the pertinent paragraphs in the Grants and Scholarships section under the Financial Services chapter of this bulletin or:

For more information

Visit the Naval ROTC program webpage.

The general academic requirements for scholarship program midshipmen include

  • Major in any field of study leading to a bachelor’s degree
  • Complete the following courses:
    CourseTitleCredits
    Calculus Courses 1
    MATH 1206CALCULUS I4
    MATH 1207CALCULUS II4
    Physics Courses 1
    PHYS 1501GENERAL PHYSICS I3
    PHYS 1502GENERAL PHYSICS II3
    American Military History or National Security Policy
    Select one semester of American Military History or National Security Policy, as approved by the professor of naval science
    Foreign Language/Cultural Studies Course
    Select one semester of foreign language/cultural studies
    Naval Science Courses 2
    NAVY 1100NAVAL LABORATORY I0
    NAVY 1101NAVAL ORIENTATION (Freshman Year)0
    NAVY 1102HISTORY OF SEA POWER3
    NAVY 2200NAVAL LABORATORY II (Sophomore Year)0
    NAVY 2201NAVAL LEADERSHIP I2
    NAVY 2204NAVIGATION AND NAVAL OPERATION I3
    NAVY 3300NAVAL LABORATORY III (Junior Year)0
    NAVY 3303NAVAL SHIP SYS I (ENGINEERING) 33
    NAVY 3304NAVAL WEAPONS SYSTEMS3
    NAVY 3311EVOLUTION OF WARFARE3
    NAVY 3312AMPHIBIOUS WARFARE3
    NAVY 4400NAVAL LABORATORY IV (Senior Year)0
    NAVY 4402NAVAL LEADERSHIP II2
    NAVY 4403NAVIGATION & NAVAL OPER II 43
    Total Credits39
1

Calculus and physics are optional for college program (nonscholarship) midshipmen, but must be taken if the midshipman desires to be nominated for a scholarship. Calculus and physics are not required for Marine Option midshipmen.

2

These naval science courses are taken regardless of a student’s academic major.

3

Formerly NAVY 2202 MARINE ENGINEERING.

4

Formerly NAVY 3302 NAVAL OPERATIONS.