Military Science

Courses in Military Science

1000-level

MSC 1180: Leadership/Personal Development Lab (1)
Practical application of leadership skills and an introduction to military drills and ceremonies. Uniforms will be issued.

MSC 1181: Tactical Leadership Lab (1)
Corequisite: MSC 2110
Practical application of leadership skills and an introduction to military drills and ceremonies. Uniforms will be issued.

MSC 1210: Leadership/Personal Development (3)
Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies critical for effective leadership. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to civilian and military leadership professions. Students will receive basic marksmanship training.

MSC 1217: Physical Fitness (Basic) (1)
Designed to promote overall fitness with an emphasis placed on nutrition, endurance, and strength training as part of an overall lifestyle. This course may be repeated up to three times for a total of 4 credits.

MSC 1220: Introduction to Tactical Leadership (3)
Prerequisite: MSC 1210
Innovative Team Leadership. Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles of examining team dynamics. Examines two historical leadership theories that form the basis of civilian and military leadership traits and behavior theories. Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in changing operating environments.

2000-level

MSC 2150: Military Skills (3)
This course examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in complex and changing operating environments. It highlights the dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operating orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Students develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team-building skills.

MSC 2160: Military Skills II (3)
This second half course examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in complex and changing operating environments. It highlights the dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operating orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Students develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team-building skills

3000-level

MSC 3110: Adaptive Tactical Leadership (3)
Prerequisite: MSC 1217 for a total of 4 credits, MSC 1210, MSC 1220, MSC 2110, and MSC 2150; or permission of instructor.
Course continues to challenge students to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Students receive systematic and specific feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations. Students continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities.

MSC 3120: Leadership in a Changing Environment (3)
Prerequisite: MSC 3110 or permission of instructor
Course utilizes increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build awareness and skills in leading tactical operations up to platoon level. Students will review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations; conduct military briefings to develop proficiency in giving operation orders; and focus on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members in changing operating environments.

MSC 3217: Physical Fitness Instructor (1)
Prerequisite: upper division standing
Designed to prepare the MS III and IV contracted Cadets to conduct and evaluate military physical fitness training. Course is required for contracted Cadets. May be repeated up to three times for credit.

4000-level

MSC 4110: Developing Adaptive Leaders (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of MSC 3120 or permission of instructor
This course develops proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations; functioning as a member of a staff; and providing performance feedback to subordinates as part of civilian and military leadership professions. Students assess risk, make ethical decisions, identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train and develop subordinates.

MSC 4120: Developing Adaptive Leaders II (3)
This second half course explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in changing operating environments. Students examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Course also explores aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support.