Professor of Military Science COL Lance E. Englet, Courtesy professor; Colonel, U.S. Army, B.A. 1994, University of Oregon; M.A., 2000, Naval Post Graduate School. (2011) MSI Instructor, Executive Officer CPT Doug Bryant, courtesy instructor; Captain, U.S. Army. B.A., 2006, Washington State University, M.A., 2010 Webster University (2014)Instructor, MSII Advisor, Instructor Ranger Challenge CPT James Miller, courtesy instructor; Captain, U.S. Army. B.S., 2002, Montana State. (2003) Enrollment Officer CPT Darren L. McMahon, courtesy instructor; CPT, U.S. Army. B.A., 1996, Troy State. (2002)Instructor, MSIII Advisor MSG Luke A. Eagan, courtesy instructor; MSG, U.S. Army. (2013)Instructor, MSI Advisor MSG Jason Hughes, courtesy instructor; MSG, U.S. Army. (2014).

Note: The date in parentheses at the end of each entry is the first year at the University of Oregon.

About the Department[top]

The Department of Military Science, an instructional department that reports to the vice provost for academic affairs, offers four years of military science courses, lower and upper division. The 300- and 400-level courses are open to contracted ROTC cadets pursuing commissions as officers in the United States Army. The 100- and 200-level courses are open to interested students.


The curriculum is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide opportunities to learn and practice leadership styles, dimensions, and techniques
  • Provide an understanding of the historical role of the army and how that role supports the goals and objectives of national policy
  • Develop and improve communication skills using practical oral and written exercises
  • Develop an understanding of the professional military ethic.
  • Provide general knowledge of the structure of the army, its organization, and how its various components work together.
  • Provide an understanding of American military history and the leadership principles that caused military leaders to succeed or fail.

Lower Division[top]

Lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses are offered for 1 or 2 credits each. The 100-level courses are offered to freshmen. The 200-level courses are offered to sophomores and upperclassmen. These courses provide the basic framework of knowledge and emphasize basic military terms, leadership, organization, and military history.

Upper Division[top]

Upper-division (300- and 400-level) courses are offered for 4 credits each. These courses are offered only to contracted cadets, or those in the process of contracting, who have completed the two three-course sequences Military Science I (MIL 121, 122, 123) and II (MIL 221, 222, 223). They provide the leadership, decision-making, communication, ethics, and tactical education to prepare the student to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Extracurricular Activities[top]

The department supports a variety of events including ranger challenge (a club sport), Marauders, football, basketball, softball, and color guard.

Military Science Courses (MIL)[top]

121, 122, 123 Military Science I (2,2,2) [top of section]

121: constitutional beginnings, organization, and role of today’s army; physical fitness; introduction to equipment and small-unit operations.

122: operational and survival skills, essentials of topographic map reading and land navigation, first-aid, small-unit tactics, and practical exercises with Army weapons and equipment.

123: characteristics and methods of successful leadership–building trust, understanding, cooperation, and communication; responsibilities of leadership including personal motivation and ethics.

191 Leadership Laboratory (1R) [top of section]

Laboratory for practical experience. Assesses cadet leadership potential, problem solving, communication, and decision-making skills. One field-training exercise a term.

Prereq: those who enroll must be contracted cadets or cadets eligible for contracting in ROTC who have either initiated the process of contracting or have received approval from the professor of military science.

R five times for maximum of 6 credits.

131 Physical Training (1R) [top of section]

Participatory physical training program that follows the U.S. Army’s physical fitness program. Prepares students for the rigors of military activities through a systematic physical conditioning program.

R six times for maximum of 6 credits.

221, 222, 223 Military Science II (2,2,2) [top of section]

221: basic leadership and technical military skills, including map reading, first aid, and communication skills. Focuses on developing individual abilities and building effective teams.

222: Examines purpose, roles, and obligations of commissioned officers; organizational values and their application to the decision-making process; military tactics in small-unit operations.

223: self and team development in Army operations; comprehension and use of the five-paragraph Operations Order; tactics; land navigation.

321, 322, 323 Military Science III (4,4,4) [top of section]

321: teaches the sixteen leadership dimensions and applications to infantry tactics, operation orders, and orienteering.

322: strengthens individual abilities with experience in marksmanship, drill, and tactics.

323: evaluates leadership abilities in tactical and non-tactical settings.

405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-3R) [top of section]

410 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1-4R) [top of section]

421, 422, 423 Military Science IV (4,4,4) [top of section]

421: Planning, evaluating, and conducting unit training; practical exercises in planning, coordinating, and executing small unit training.

422: Detailed study of judicial and nonjudicial proceedings and administrative actions available to commanders, procedures for resolving damage to or loss of government property.

423: Duties and responsibilities of a new lieutenant, ethical decision-making, counseling subordinates, writing evaluation reports, and keys to a successful transition to active duty.

About ROTC[top]

The U.S. Army supports Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs at colleges and universities throughout the country. Students who take military science courses may also participate, by contractual arrangement with the Department of the Army, in the process that leads to a commission. Each cadet must take, in addition to military science courses, a course in each of the following subjects: military history, written communication, and computer literacy. Most of these courses count toward general-education group requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The U.S. Army sponsors two-, three-, and four-year federal scholarships, awarded competitively by the Army to students who seek a commission. It is possible for undergraduate students to obtain a commission through either a two-, three-, or four-year program of instruction. Graduate students who meet age requirements and have two academic years remaining at the UO may also pursue a commission through ROTC. Students interested in pursuing a commission, a scholarship, or both should contact the department.