Aerospace Studies

  • (U.S. Air Force ROTC)

    Mary Baldwin College offers the aerospace studies curriculum through the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program conducted at Virginia Military Institute. Participation is limited to students in Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership.

    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 skills, 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 at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) has an agreement with Mary Baldwin College that allows MBC students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, please review the Air Force section of the VMI Academic Catalogue.

  • Aerospace Studies Course Descriptions

     103 The Air Force Today I (1 s.h.)
    Offered in the fall semester. Focuses on the organizational structure and mission of the Air Force.

    104 The Air Force Today II (1 s.h.)
    Offered in the spring semester. Further focus on the organization and mission of the Air Force and fundamental leadership principles. *Prerequisite: AS103.

    113 Leadership Lab for AS103 (No credit)
    Focuses on fundamentals of leadership and followership. Required only for students pursuing a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

    114 Leadership Lab for AS104 (No credit)
    Focuses on fundamentals of leadership and followership. Required only for students pursuing a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

    203 Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I (1 s.h.)
    Offered in the fall semester. Focuses on the history of the US Air Force and designed to facilitate the transition from Air Force ROTC cadet to Air Force ROTC officer candidate.

    204 Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II (1 s.h.)
    Offered in the spring semester. *Prerequisite: AS203.

    213 Leadership Lab for AS203 (No credit)
    Prepares students for Air Force Field Training. Required only for students pursuing a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

    214 Leadership Lab for AS204 (No credit)
    Prepares students for Air Force Field Training. Required only for students pursuing a commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

    303 Air Force Leadership and Management I (2 s.h.)
    Offered in the fall semester. Emphasizes concepts and skills required by the successful manager and leader.

    304 Air Force Leadership and Management II (2 s.h.)
    Offered in the spring semester. *Prerequisite: AS303.

    313 Leadership Lab for AS303 (No credit)
    Hands-on application of leadership and followership principles. Required only for students pursuing a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

    314 Leadership Lab for AS304 (No credit)
    Hands-on application of leadership and followership principles. Required only for students pursuing a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

    403 National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty I (2 s.h.)
    Designed to provide future Air Force officers with a background on U.S. national security policy so they can effectively function in today’s Air Force.

    404 National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty II (2 s.h.)
    *Prerequisite: AS403.

    413 Leadership Lab for AS403 (No credit)
    Officer candidates apply leadership principles to prepare for active duty by leading a cadet wing.

    414 Leadership Lab for AS404 (No credit)
    Officer candidates apply leadership principles to prepare to enter active duty by leading and managing a cadet wing.