Aerospace Studies

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Bryan Graddy, Lt. Col, USAF, Department Head
Kylie Prachar, Capt, USAF, Assistant Professor

Curriculum Top of Page

The four-year program is divided into the General Military Course (GMC), primarily for freshmen and sophomores, and the Professional Officer Course (POC), primarily for juniors and seniors. Under the four-year program, students register for Air Force ROTC in their freshman year and complete a four-year academic curriculum, including a three-week summer field training program between their sophomore and junior years. Students may join the program during the sophomore year. The GMC requires attending a one-credit course and a 90-minute leadership laboratory each week. ROTC cadets must also attend physical training twice a week.

Enrollment in the GMC does not confer military status. Normal course progression for GMC students is AIRS 101, 102, 201, 202, along with the associated Leadership Laboratory of AIRS 111, 112, 221 and 212.

Students who want to take the POC must complete prerequisite courses, pass the Air Force commissioning physical, and be admitted by the department head. The normal prerequisite for POC admission is completion of the GMC and field training. POC members are student officer candidates, they are obligated to complete the course, accept a commission in the Air Force, and serve a tour of active duty. POC members receive a monthly, tax-free allowance of $450 to $500. Normal course progression for POC members is AIRS 301, 302, 401, 402, along with associated Leadership Laboratory of AIRS 311, 312, 411 and 412.

Program Description Top of Page

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college.

AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies). College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as "cadets") who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force.

The AFROTC program is currently offered at the University of Minnesota Duluth, but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. More information on AFROTC course descriptions.

More information on the AFROTC program can be found here. 

Aerospace Studies Minor Requirements Top of Page

32 to 37 total credits

The aerospace studies minor provides preparation in areas studied by most officers early in their service careers. The minor increases future officers' performance potential in two areas in which all officers must eventually develop competence: communication skills and international affairs.

Lower Division Aerospace required courses (4 credits required):

Foundations of the U.S. Air Force -- 1.00 credits
Foundations of US Air Force -- 1.00 credits
Evolution of the US Air Force Air and Space Power -- 1.00 credits
Evolution of the US Air Force Air and Space Power -- 1.00 credits

AIRS 111-212 AFROTC GMC Leadership Laboratory -- 0 credits (4 courses required)

Communication required course (3 credits required):

Introduction to Communication -- 3.00 credits


Interpersonal Communication -- 3.00 credits

Mathematics required course (3 credits required): any MATH course numbered 100 or 200 level

Upper Division Aerospace required courses (16 credits required):

Air Force Leadership Studies -- 3.00 credits
Air Force Leadership Studies -- 3.00 credits
National Security Affairs -- 3.00 credits
Preparation for Active Duty -- 3.00 credits

AIRS 311-412 AFROTC POC Leadership Laboratory -- 4-6 credits (4 courses required)

Advanced Writing required course (3 credits required):

Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction -- 3.00 credits
English Grammar -- 3.00 credits
Nature Writing -- 3.00 credits
Writing Women, Women Writing -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction -- 3.00 credits
Art of Persuasive Writing -- 3.00 credits

Elective courses (3-4 credits required): The history and political science courses must be approved by the Aerospace Minor Coordinator.

any POLS course numbered 300 or higher any HIST course numbered 200 to 399

Admission Requirements Top of Page

The program is geared for cadets to take along with their four years of college. Students interested in entering the ROTC program with less than four years remaining in their college program should contact the ROTC office at 218-726-8159 for potential waivers.

Any college student can take the academic courses, AIRS 101 - 402. To be a cadet, students must also enroll in Leadership Laboratory, AIRS 111 - 412, each corresponding semester. Cadets must also pass a medical exam and a fitness test during their first year. For a commission in the United States Air Force, cadets must also pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test administered during their sophomore year.