Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)

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  • Course description

    Air Force ROTC is conducted at approximately 600 colleges and universities throughout the United States to select and train men and women to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force. Most graduates who enter the Air Force through Air Force ROTC are assigned to positions consistent with their academic major. Other graduates who wish to do so may qualify to become pilots and navigators. Men and women who complete graduation requirements and the Professional Officer Course receive commissions and enter active duty as second lieutenants. Officers who qualify may take graduate training prior to beginning their military duties. The Lewis University program is operated in cooperation with the Department of Aerospace Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Coursework may be taken at both Lewis University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.


    Air Force ROTC offers both four-year and two-year commissioning programs for male and female students. The four-year program consists of the four-semester General Military Course (GMC) and the four-semester Professional Officer Course (POC) as listed below. Students usually start this program as first-year freshmen but may begin in their second year by enrolling in both first year- and second-year classes. Students who are not on scholarship may withdraw from the GMC at any time. Participants in the POC are selected from qualified volunteer applicants. An Air Force ROTC-paid four-week field training encampment, held at an Air Force base, is required for POC students. This requirement typically is completed during the summer between the second and third years. The major areas of study during field training include junior officer training, aircraft and crew orientation, career orientation, survival training, base functions and the Air Force environment.

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