The Army ROTC program offers a full, four-year curriculum. Each semester, cadets attend an academic class, a “lab” that lets them apply what they learned in class, and can attend up to five sessions of physical training (PT) a week.

Cadets who intend to commission will also attend Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, usually during the summer following their junior year.

You can join the ROTC program as a freshman, a sophomore, or even later. To see the classes you’ll be taking, select the tab below that matches your class. And feel free to contact us to find out exactly how the Army ROTC program works with your schedule.

As a freshman

On the traditional four year track, you will take 16 credits and attend a month-long camp at Fort Knox, usually after your junior year. To learn more about each class, check the UCA catalog. To learn more about the camp, visit the Cadet Summer Training website. Freshman Chart

As a sophomore

If you start the ROTC program as a sophomore, you will take two extra credits your first two semesters in the program. Overall, you will take 16 credits and attend Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, usually during the summer after your junior year. To learn more about the classes, see the university’s catalog. To learn about summer training opportunities, check out Cadet Summer TrainingSophomore Chart

As a junior

If you start the ROTC program as a junior, you will attend Basic Camp and Advanced Camp during the summers – learn about the summer training opportunities at the Army ROTC website. You will take 12 credits of military science classes – read their description in the university’s catalog. Junior Chart

Beyond the junior year

You can start the Army ROTC program as an undergraduate senior, or as a grad student. Contact the recruiting officer to find out more about your opportunities – the diagram below is just an example of how the curriculum can work for you. To learn more about the university classes, check the catalog. To explore summer training for cadets, read the Cadet Command website. Beyond Junior Chart

Labs and Classes in the ROTC Curriculum


Military Science classes are held twice a week. They start with a general orientation to military structure and codes of conduct in your first two years, and progress to training in military tactics and battle scenarios in your junior and senior years.

Leadership labs

Leadership labs (Group Study) support the curriculum taught in the classes. Conducted once a week, they are an orientation to much of what a student needs to know to be successful in the Army. The training consists of land navigation, basic rappelling, movement and maneuver, and intelligence, to name just a few of the skills taught.

ROTC cadets take military science classes each semester as well as participate in on- and off-campus activities. Learn more about UCA Army ROTC Activities & Training, and Clubs & Extracurriculars.

The Basic Course consists of classes and labs, and is usually taken during the first two years of college. During these years there is no military obligation on the part of the student. Basic classes cover subjects such as leadership development, military history, the soldier’s creed and the warrior’s ethos, and the customs and traditions of Army service.

Students who demonstrate the potential to become officers and meet the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course in the third and fourth years of college. They receive training in management, tactics, ethics, and develop leadership skills. The Advanced Course is taken during summer between junior and senior year.

The Four Year Program

The Four Year Program consists of the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. Military Science classes can be taken as general elective credits or to earn a Minor in Military Science. Consult the UCA course catalog for more information about Military Science classes and to learn more about the minor.

The Two Year Program

The two-year program is an option for students who did not take Basic ROTC courses in their freshman and sophomore years. The student will participate in four weeks of basic leadership instruction during the summer before their junior year. Students are paid to attend the training and also have the opportunity to compete for two year scholarships. After successful completion of the training, students who meet all the requirements can enroll in the Advanced Course.