Aerospace Studies Classes

Most of Detachment 730 ROTC classes are held on the University of Pittsburgh Campus but these classes are open to students associated with all our cross town schools as well.


Aerospace studies 100 Course ( Freshmen Class )

AS100 is a survey course designed to introduce cadets to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills. Enrollment does not obligate the student to join the Air Force ROTC program. Freshmen who want to join the ROTC program, however, must enroll in this course and the Leadership Laboratory. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. AS 100 is offered in the fall/spring terms only and expected class size is 30 students.


Aerospace studies 200 Course ( Sophomore Class )

The AS200 course designed to examine the general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to space-age global positioning systems and current military operations. Historical Examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities, and missions to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF air and space power. This course provides the students with a knowledge level understanding for the general element and employment of air and space power, from an institutional doctrinal and historical perspective. In addition, students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force Core Values, through the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders, and will continue to develop their communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. This course is required for students in the second year of the Air Force ROTC program, but is open to all University of Pittsburgh and cross town students. Cadets taking the course must also enroll in Leadership Laboratory.


Aerospace studies 300 Course ( Junior Class )

AS300 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and the communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course. This course is required for students in the third year of air Force ROTC, but is open to all University of Pittsburgh and cross town students. Cadets taking this course also must enroll in Leadership Laboratory.


Aerospace studies 400 Course ( Senior Class )

AS400 examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles they have learned. This course is required for students in the fourth year of Air Force ROTC, but is open to all University of Pittsburgh and cross town students. Cadets taking this course also must enroll in Leadership Laboratory.