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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Military Science - Army ROTC

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CU Denver Office / Auraria Campus Office
MAJ Christopher Thomas
Auraria Campus
S. Classroom Bldg 213 A/B
Telephone: 303-352-7079, 303-352-7078
Fax: 303-556-2159
Website: www.mscd.edu/arotc
E-mail: arotc@colorado.edu

CU-Boulder Office
Nancy McMillin
Folsom Stadium, Gate 3, Room 215
Telephone: 303-492-6495
Fax: 303-492-5560
Website: www.Colorado.edu/AROTC
E-mail: arotc@colorado.edu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuffaloBattilion

Mailing Address
University of Colorado Boulder
370 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0370

At A Glance: Military Science (Army ROTC) 

Military Science

The Department of Military Science is a leadership program leading to an officer’s commission in the Active Army, Army Reserve or National Guard in conjunction with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Military science courses supplement a regular degree program and offer practical leadership and management experience. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Additionally, financial benefits may be available for enlisted soldiers.

Four-Year Program

For college freshmen, the four-year program consists of two phases: the basic course (freshman and sophomore years) and the advanced course (junior and senior years).


The basic course (MSI and MSII) covers Army history and organization as well as military leadership and management. Labs provide the opportunity to develop leadership experience while learning basic military skills. Participating in the basic courses incur no military obligation, except for those receiving an Army scholarship.


Advanced courses (MSIII and MSIV) cover leadership, tactics and unit operations, training techniques, military law and professional ethics. Additionally, a 35-day summer leadership camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, is a requirement between the junior and senior year and is a prerequisite for commissioning. Students enrolled in the advanced courses must have completed the basic courses (or the equivalent) and obtain permission from the professor of military science (PMS).

Two-Year Program

For college students entering as a sophomore, the two-year program consists of the advanced courses preceded by a four-week summer ROTC leadership training course (LTC) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Inquiries into LTC should be directed to the Department of Military Science prior to completing the sophomore year. LTC is a paid internship and the academic equivalent to the MSI/MSII basic courses.

Prior service and enlisted soldiers who have completed basic training may be eligible to enroll in the advance course without attending LTC or completion of the ROTC basic courses. Enlisted soldiers pursuing advanced placement must obtain permission from the PMS.

Scholarship Programs

College freshmen, sophomores and juniors may be eligible for four-, three- and two-year scholarships, regardless of academic major. Interested students must enroll in Army ROTC and meet eligibility requirements, including and Army physical fitness test.

High school scholarship applicants may be eligible for four- and three-year college scholarships. High school students can apply during their junior year and before January 10 of their senior year. 

All scholarship recipients receive full tuition and laboratory fees, a $1,200 book allowance and a stipend of of $300-$500 per month during the academic year. Students interested in scholarships should contact the enrollment and scholarship officer at 303-492-3549 or 303-492-6495.

Simultaneous Membership Program

College sophomores and juniors who want additional leadership training may participate with an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit as an officer trainee. Students participating in this program earn approximately $270 in monthly drill pay, plus a monthly ROTC stipend of $300-$500. Additionally, SMP participants may receive Army National Guard or reserve tuition benefits of up to $4,500 per year. Enlisted and prior service students retain their authorized GI benefits.

Activities and Leadership Laboratories

Students may participate in activities with the Buffalo Battalion’s Charlie Company located on the Auraria Campus, to include color guard, intramural sports, running club and ranger challenge. Weekly or Saturday leadership labs provide cadets with practical leadership experience and performance-oriented, hands-on instruction outside the classroom. Leadership labs are compulsory for enrolled cadets. PT is conducted three times a week with the purpose of developing muscular strength, endurance and cardio-respiratory endurance.

Army ROTC Course Credit

ROTC is an elective credit in most departments. Individual academic advisors verify if ROTC classes count toward the student’s degree.


CU Denver students may register for the MILR classes, which are MSCD pooled courses, through UCDAccess. To search and enroll for these classes, you must look up the “class number” located in the Schedule of Metro Pooled Courses and enter it in the class search inside of Student Center. For more information, contact the enrollment and scholarship officer at armyrotc@colorado.edu, 303-492-3459 or 303-492-6495. See also the AROTC website at www.colorado.edu/arotc.


Freshman Year

MILR 1011. Adventures in Leadership I (I) 2 credits. (freshman, fall).  Introduces fundamentals of leadership and the U.S. Army. Examines Army organization, customs, and history as well as current relevance and purpose. Students also investigate basic leadership and management skills necessary to be successful in both military and civilian settings. Includes fundamentals of Army leadership doctrine, team-building concepts, time and stress management, cartography and land navigation, marksmanship, briefing techniques, and basic military tactics.  2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.

MILR 1021. Adventures in Leadership II (II) 2 credits. (freshman, spring). Covers leadership topics in small military organizations such as troop leading procedures, military first-aid and casualty evacuation concepts, ethical work climates, Army organizations and installations, and basic military tactics. Introduces students to effective military writing styles. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.

Sophomore Year

MILR 2031. METHODS OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT I (I) 3 credits. (sophomore, fall). Comprehensive review of advanced leadership and management concepts, including motivation, attitudes, communication skills, problem solving, human needs and behavior, and leadership self development. Students continue to refine effective written and oral communications skills and to explore topics such as the basic branches of the Army, and officer and NCO duties. Students conduct classroom and practical exercises in small unit light infantry tactics and are prepared to perform as midlevel leaders in the cadet organization. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.

MILR 2041. METHODS OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT II (II) 3 credits. (sophomore, spring). Focuses on leadership and management functions in military and corporate environments. Studies various components of Army leadership doctrine to include the four elements of leadership, leadership principles, risk management and planning theory, the be-know-do framework, and the Army leadership evaluation program. Continue to refine communication skills. Prerequisite: Consent of the professor of military science. 3 hour lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.

Junior Year

MILR 3052. MILITARY OPERATIONS AND TRAINING I (I) 3 credits. (junior, fall). Further explores the theory of managing and leading small military units with an emphasis on practical applications at the squad and platoon levels. Students examine various leadership styles and techniques as they relate to advanced small unit tactics. Familiarizes students with a variety of topics such as cartography, land navigation, field craft, and weapons systems. Involves multiple, evaluated leadership opportunities in field settings and hands-on experience with actual military equipment. Students are given maximum leadership opportunities in weekly labs. Prerequisite: Consent of the professor of military science. 3 hour lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.

MILR 3062. MILITARY OPERATIONS AND TRAINING II (II) 3 credits. (junior, spring). Studies theoretical and practical applications of small unit leadership principles. Focuses on managing personnel and resources, the military decision making process, the operations order, and oral communications. Exposes the student to tactical unit leadership in a variety of environments with a focus on preparation for the summer advance camp experience. Prerequisite: Consent of the professor of military science. 3 hour lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.

Senior Year

MILR 4072. OFFICER LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT I (I) 3 credits. (senior, fall). Examines management and leadership concepts and techniques associated with planning and executing military training and operations at company and higher echelons. Includes analyses of professional ethics and values, effective training principles and procedures, subordinate counseling, and effective staff officer briefing techniques. Also investigates other subjects such as counter terrorism, modern peacekeeping missions, and the impact of the information revolution on the art of land warfare. Conducted both in and out of classroom setting and with multiple practical leadership opportunities to organize cadet training and activities. Prerequisite: Consent of the professor of military science. 3 hour lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.

MILR 4082. OFFICER LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT II (II) 3 credits. (senior, spring). Continues MILR 4072 study of management and leadership concepts and techniques, providing practical leadership experiences in the classroom and during multiple cadet-run activities. Also, examines varied topics such as theory and practice of the military justice system, law of war, military-media relations, support mechanisms for soldiers and their families, operational security considerations, and historical case studies in military leadership in the context of 21st century land warfare. Prerequisite: Consent of the professor of military science. 3 hour lecture, 2 hours lab, 3 hours PT, and 80 hours field training.


In the fall, labs meet on Fridays from 8:30-9:50. In the spring, labs meet on three Saturdays.

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