Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Klomp, department head
phone: (575) 646-2136
Aerospace Studies Course Descriptions
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies). College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as "cadets") who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force. The AFROTC program is currently offered at New Mexico State University (NMSU), but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants.
Freshman and Sophomore Years (General Military Course or GMC)
This group (AERO 121/122, AERO 221/222) provides a general background knowledge of the military establishment with emphasis on the Air Force. GMC courses may be taken out of sequence.
Junior and Senior Years (Professional Officer Course or POC)
This group (AERO 301, AERO 302, AERO 401, AERO 402) constitutes an in-depth study of topics that provides a broad preparation for a career as an Air Force officer. Students must have certain qualifications for entry and have a desire to be commissioned in the Air Force. These qualifications include, achieving a passing score on the Air Force Officer’s Qualifying Test, passing a physical fitness test, and successfully completing a medical exam. They must also complete a four- or five-week summer orientation course.
Students may, with departmental approval, take POC courses out of normal sequence. However, compressed or dual enrollment in upper-division POC courses is normally prohibited. Through this department, you can also earn a minor in Aerospace Studies.