ROTC (Aerospace Science/Air Force Junior ROTC)

Course Descriptions

  • The 4-year Aerospace Science curriculum is designed to help today’s high school ROTC student become tomorrow’s aerospace-age citizen. The curriculum integrates social sciences and physical sciences through their application to aerospace. Students are provided a uniform free of charge and are required to wear the uniform one day each week and meet Air Force grooming standards. A uniform cleaning fee may be assessed if the uniform is not turned in clean and pressed at the end of the year. Books and materials are provided by the Air Force. Physical fitness activities will be performed during some class periods. Instructors are retired Air Force personnel who are certified in ROTC instruction. Guest speakers and field trips are part of the curriculum. Students do not have any future military commitment, but ROTC scholarship opportunities are available to top-performing students enrolled in the program for two or more years. Nominations for appointment to the US Air Force Academy are also available for superior students. Advanced enlistment grade credit is available to students completing two or more years of the program.

    A Journey into Aerospace History 
    (Aerospace Science 100) (BSHS only)
    Course #: BS1550
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This is the recommended first AS course for all new cadets. It is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries. It starts with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to modern day. The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. It is interspersed with concise overviews of the principles of flight to include basic aeronautics, aircraft motion and control, flight power, and rockets. Leadership training introduces cadets to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC), including the Air Force organizational structure, uniform wear, customs, courtesies, and other military traditions, health and wellness, individual self-control, and citizenship.

    Freshmen will be transported by bus to BSHS for this course.


    A Journey into Aerospace History 
    (Aerospace Science 100) (BSSHS only)
    Course #: BSS1551
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This is the recommended first AS course for all new cadets. It is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries. It starts with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to modern day. The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. It is interspersed with concise overviews of the principles of flight to include basic aeronautics, aircraft motion and control, flight power, and rockets. Leadership training introduces cadets to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC), including the Air Force organizational structure, uniform wear, customs, courtesies, and other military traditions, health and wellness, individual self-control, and citizenship.

    Freshmen will be transported by bus to BSSHS for this course.


    The Science of Flight
    (Aerospace Science 200)
    Course #: HS1552
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective/3rd Science
    Prerequisite: Aerospace Science 100 (or sophomore status) and approval of the Senior Aerospace Science instructor

    Students will gain an in-depth understanding of meteorology and its effects on the aerospace environment. The aerospace environment will be studied with an emphasis on its effects on humans and the requirements for human flight. The basic aerodynamic principles of flight will be explained as well as their effect on powered flight within the earth’s atmosphere. Students will learn the principles of air navigation and the various systems used to navigate aircraft worldwide. Building on the leadership and management techniques taught in Aerospace Science 100, the student will learn and practice effective communication skills, understanding both individual and group behavior, and basic leadership concepts. This course is a prerequisite for AS 500 Aviation Ground School. (This may be counted for the 3rd year Science requirement.)


    Exploring Space
    (Aerospace Science 300)
    Course #: HS1554
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective/Personal Finance
    Prerequisite: Aerospace Science 200 approval of the Senior Aerospace Science instructor

    Students will learn about the space environment to include a basic understanding of astronomy as it relates to the Earth, Moon, the solar system, terrestrial and outer planets and their effect on unmanned and manned space flight. Students will learn about both manned and unmanned space programs, with an emphasis on the U.S. manned space program. The applications and use of space technology will be taught along with their spin-off technology in the world today. Students are given information on how to select a college or vocational school. They are also provided information to begin the job search, to include resume writing and interviewing techniques. Additionally, students are introduced to the world of financial planning, how to spend money, save, invest and use credit wisely. Contracts, leases, wills, warranties, legal notices and personal bills are also reviewed. Note: This will count as a Personal Finance credit.


    FAA Private Pilot Ground School
    (Aerospace Science 500) (AVIA 1310)**
    Course #: HS1556
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Aerospace Science 200 & 300 or 300 & 500 concurrently, approval of the Senior Aerospace Science instructor/UCM requirements

    This course satisfies the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 61.105 for ground training required to take the aeronautical knowledge test. Course content includes use of applicable FARs, Aeronautical Information Manual and FAA advisory circulars. Students will learn the principles of aerodynamics, power plants, aircraft systems, radio communications, navigation, weather reports, and weight and balance computations. Leadership skills acquired in previous courses will be used to manage cadet corps activities. To receive college credit, students must meet the guidelines established by UCM. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Management of the Cadet Corps
    (Aerospace Science 400)
    Course #: HS1558
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Aerospace Science 200, 300, and the approval of the Senior Aerospace Science instructor

    The cadets manage the entire corps during their fourth year in the Air Force Junior ROTC program. This hands-on experience affords the cadets the opportunity to put the theories of previous leadership courses into practice. All the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, controlling and decision-making will be done by the cadets. They will put into practice their communication, decision-making, personal-interaction, managerial, and organizational skills.


     

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.