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Department of Naval Science (Naval ROTC)

Department of Naval Science (Naval ROTC) 

4172 Broughton Hall
2601 Stinson Drive
NC State Box #7310
Raleigh, NC  27695-7310
Phone:  919-515-8931

CAPT Marc Stern
Professor Naval Science


The purpose of the Department of Naval Science is to develop midshipmen and enlisted officer candidates mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission college graduates as Navy and Marine officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval services, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

4-year NROTC Program

There are two NROTC programs leading to a commission as a Navy or Marine Officer upon graduation: the Scholarship Program and the College Program.

Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Program leads to a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. For students who receive a Navy/Marine Corps scholarship, the Navy will pay tuition and fees, provide a $375 book allowance each semester, supply uniforms, and pay a monthly tax-free subsistence allowance (currently $250 to $400 on a graduated scale; refer to the NROTC website for updates), to help defray the cost of normal board at the university. During the summers between school years, Navy scholarship students receive approximately 4 weeks of at-sea training conducted on ships, submarines, or aviation squadrons. For select students, training with mobile Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)/SEAL teams is also possible during the summer prior to their senior year. Marine scholarship students participate in a Mountain Warfare Training course between sophomore and junior year and complete Marine Officer Candidate School between their junior and senior year. The minimum active duty obligation following graduation for scholarship students is five years but can vary greatly depending on the warfare community a student commissions into.

College Program

For those students who are interested in a commission and do not desire a scholarship, or for those who are seeking an opportunity to qualify for a scholarship after entering NC State, the College Program is available. Selection for the College Program is made from students already enrolled at NC State with applications being accepted and considered by the staff of the NROTC unit. Students enrolled in the College Program are provided uniforms and Naval Science textbooks.  Students in the College Program are eligible to compete for merit based scholarships annually.  If selected for a merit based scholarship, the student would begin their next academic year on a full scholarship, identical to the Scholarship Program description above.

If not selected for a three or two year side load scholarship, College Program students compete for selection to continue NROTC as “Advanced Standing” students at the end of their sophomore year. Selection is based on academic and demonstrated professional performance. Those selected for Advanced Standing receive a monthly subsistence allowance during the final two years of the program (refer to the NROTC website for amounts). College Program midshipmen participate in a single summer training cruise between the junior and senior year. Except for administrative differences, no distinction is made between Scholarship and College Program midshipmen. The minimum active duty commitment following graduation for College Program students is three years but can vary based on the warfare community a student commissions into.

Two-Year Programs

The Two-Year Scholarship Program offers an opportunity to participate in NROTC in the final two years of University study. This program is offered only intermittently by the Navy and may or may not be available during any given year.

Applications for this program must be completed by early Spring prior to the starting year. Upon selection, the candidate attends a six-week training course at Newport, Rhode Island, during the summer between the sophomore and junior years so that he or she may receive instruction in the Naval Science subjects normally covered in the first two years at NC State. Participants in this training course receive uniforms, room and board, and officer candidate pay during the summer period and, upon satisfactory completion of training, enter the NROTC program as third year students. The application process can be time consuming. In order to meet the Spring deadline, students are encouraged to contact the Department of Naval Science before December 1 of their sophomore year.

Commissioning and Service

Graduates of the Navy program are commissioned as Ensigns and are selected to serve in one of the Navy’s front line warfare communities (Surface Warfare, Surface Nuclear, Submarine/Nuclear Power, Pilot, Naval Flight Officer, Special Operations/EOD, or Special Warfare/SEAL). Graduates of the Marine program are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and attend the Marine Officer Basic School at Quantico, Virginia where they select their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).


Due to the increasingly advanced technologies being employed by the Navy and Marine Corps, candidates for Navy Commissions are strongly encouraged to select academic majors in mathematics, engineering, or scientific disciplines.  Scholarship midshipmen are required to pursue a major that falls within their awarded scholarship tier level, while College Program midshipmen are free to choose their area of major study.

The NROTC training program emphasizes academics, leadership, military organization, and physical fitness. Required Naval Science courses are fully accredited, taken for free elective credit and include  , NS 210 Leadership and ManagementNS 225 NavigationNS 315 Naval EngineeringNS 325 Naval Weapons SystemsNS 330 Evolution of WarfareNS 415 Naval OperationsNS 420 Naval Leadership and Ethics, and  NS 430 Amphibious Warfare.  Additional University courses may be required depending upon one’s major, however, all Navy option Scholarship midshipmen must complete:

MA 141Calculus I4
MA 241Calculus II4
PY 205Physics for Engineers and Scientists I3
PY 208Physics for Engineers and Scientists II3

Other core courses include two semesters of a NROTC approved English course, a World Culture/Regional Study course, and a US History/Natl Security Policy course.  Most courses required for NROTC other than select NS courses also qualify for GEP requirements.  In additional to the courses taken for University credit, midshipmen attend leadership laboratory and physical training each week. At the completion of the four-year period students will have earned enough credit to apply for a minor in Naval Science.

Midshipmen Life

Academic excellence is emphasized and commensurate participation in the full range of campus extra curricular activities is encouraged. The NROTC unit is organized as a midshipmen battalion to facilitate leadership development. The battalion is staffed entirely by midshipmen under the supervision of staff instructors. Additionally, midshipmen have opportunities to examine all aspects of life in the Navy and Marine Corps and gain leadership experience through field trips, summer cruise, and social activities.

Further information regarding application for and admission into the NC State Naval ROTC may be obtained on campus in Room 4165 Broughton Hall, by writing to the Professor of Naval Science, Campus Box 7310, NC State, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7310 or by contacting the unit recruiting officer, LT Anthony Scalabrino at 919-515-6218 or via email at

The Department of Military Science (Army ROTC), the Department of Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), and the Department of Naval Science (Naval ROTC) are separate academic and administrative subdivisions of the institution. Students in the ROTC programs will receive free elective credit for Aerospace Studies (AS), Military Studies (MS), or Naval Science (NS) courses up to the limit of free electives in their curriculum.

Commanding Officer

CAPT Marc Stern

Executive Officer

Maj Joseph Steinfels, USMC
Associate Professor of Naval Science - NS210

Assistant professors

LT Anthony Scalabrino, USN - NS110
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

LT Samuel Ansel, USN - NS325
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

LT Richard (Lee) Bowie, USN - NS315
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

Capt Barry Morris, USMC - NS430 & NS330
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

LT Abigail Rorapaugh
Assistant Professor of Naval Scienze


GySgt Roshod Browning, USMC - NS110
Naval Scienc Lecturer

NS - Naval Science Courses

NS 100 Naval Science Lab 0.

Military drill, courtesies and honors, elements of unit leadership, physical fitness and professional development of the prospective Naval/Marine Corps Officer. Required for all Naval ROTC students.

NS 110 Introduction to Naval Science 2.

Fundamental orientation to the Naval Service emphasizing the mission, organization, regulations, customs and traditions, broad warfare components of Navy and the major challenges facing today's Navy and Marine Officers.

NS 210 Leadership and Management 3.

Assists students in acquiring knowledge and developing the cognitive processes necessary to make decisions in the practice of management. The student will learn the traditional foundations of management while developing decision skills to apply this knowledge in a real-world setting. The major focus is centered upon global management, ethics and social responsibility, total quality management, and cultural diversity.

NS 225 Navigation 4.

A broad yet thorough education in basic ship navigation. Course includes a study of various navigation methods, weather, the laws of the sea, and navigational rules. Practical work includes chart plotting and understanding relative motion.

NS 315 Naval Engineering 3.

Introduction to the application of engineering principles in the research, development, design, construction, and operation of ships, weapons systems, and ocean structures, with emphasis on thermodynamic processes and energy conversions.

NS 325 Naval Weapons Systems 3.

An introduction to the concepts and properties of electronic, physical, electromagnetic and mechanical systems to foster an understanding of the theory and principles of operation of shipboard weapons systems, course emphasizes types of weapons and fire control systems, capabilities and limitations, theory of target acquisition, identification and tracking, trajectory and ballistics principles, and basic theory of radar and sonar.

NS 330 Evolution of Warfare 3.

A survey of the evolution of warfare through the study of selected campaigns and classic battles with special emphasis on the principles of war, the military impact of leadership, and the evolution of tactics, weapons, and weaponry.

NS 415 Naval Operations 4.
Prerequisite: NS 225 Navigation.

A thorough exploration of the operations conducted by the U.S. Navy. Course includes a study of U.S. Naval evolutions, operations, command & control, communication, and an introduction to naval warfare doctrine. Practical applications include the determination of advanced maneuvering methods through and in-depth understanding of relative motion.

NS 420 Naval Leadership and Ethics 3.

An intellectual exploration of Western moral traditions and ethical philosophy with a variety of topics, such as military leadership, core values, and professional ethics; the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Navy Regulations; and discussions relating to the roles of enlisted members, junior and senior officers, command relationships, and the conduct of warfare. The course provides students with a foundation of moral traditions, combined with a discussion of actual current and historical events in the United States navy and Marine Corps, to prepare them for the role and responsibilities of leadership in the naval service of the 21st century.

NS 430 Amphibious Warfare 3.

A survey of the projection of sea power ashore with special emphasis on the evolution of and innovation in amphibious warfare in the 20th Century through the study of historical amphibious landings and campaigns.