Undergraduate Course Catalog 2012-2013

Special Programs

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Department of Naval Science
Thomas Calabrese, Captain, US Navy
Commanding Officer
4615 Forbes Ave.
(412) 268-5109

The Department of Naval Science was established 16 December 1987.

Duquesne University students participate in Carnegie Mellon NROTC in a cross-town agreement. All NROTC classes and training are held at CMU.

Carnegie Mellon’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) is designed for young men and women who are seeking a challenging academic experience and who desire to serve their country as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps after graduation.

NROTC midshipmen lead the same campus life as other Duquesne students. They make their own arrangements for room and board, choose a preferred area of study and participate in extracurricular activities. Midshipmen wear civilian clothes to classes but wear uniforms one day a week. NROTC students are active in all facets of university life; many are in positions of leadership in student government, on varsity and intramural sports teams, in campus clubs, and other student organizations. The NROTC program seeks students who are bright, ambitious, enthusiastic leaders whose lives are enriched by their education at Duquesne University and by their involvement in NROTC.

Four-Year Scholarship Program

The four-year scholarship program provides full tuition, fees, textbooks, uniforms, and a monthly tax-free subsistence allowance, starting at $250 and increases yearly to a total of $400, to students selected through nationwide competition. Midshipmen must complete the university approved curriculum of their choice, including courses in calculus and calculus-based physics, and specified courses in naval science subjects. Paid summer training periods are also provided. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a nationwide competition before the start of the freshman year. A limited number of full scholarships may be awarded by the NROTC unit on campus. Midshipmen commissioned through the scholarship programs become officers in the Navy or Marine Corps and incur a 5 year active minimum duty obligation in the Navy or a 4 year active minimum duty obligation in the Marine Corps.

Three-Year Scholarships

Three-year scholarships are available on a competitive basis to those qualifying college program (non-scholarship) NROTC students who have demonstrated leadership and academic excellence during their freshman year and are nominated for the scholarship by the Professor of Naval Service.  Active duty obligation is five years upon commissioning.

College (Non-Scholarship) Programs in NROTC

Qualified students may participate in NROTC as college program (non-scholarship) midshipmen. If selected for advance standing prior to the start of their junior year, they can continue to earn commissions in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve upon graduation. Students receive all naval science textbooks, uniforms, and during their junior and senior years a tax-free subsistence allowance of $350-$400 per month. A paid summer training period is provided between the junior and senior year. College program students may also compete for a limited number of merit scholarships.


The sequence of Naval Science courses is the same for all officer candidates for the first two years.  Midshipmen accepted into the Marine Corps option program will have curriculum variations starting with their third year. Additionally, some candidates may be required to complete courses in American military affairs, national security policy, English, mathematics, and/or the physical sciences. Descriptions of the course requirements for each candidate classification (scholarship/college program) may be obtained from the Department of Naval Science office.

All scholarship and college program students are required to attend a weekly two-hour Naval Laboratory (32-100) where military drill, physical fitness, and leadership are emphasized.

Naval Science courses are open to all students.  Since these are required for NROTC students, they will be given priority in enrollment. Remaining spaces will be filled through the normal university registration process.