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Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

Some students choose to join one of the four ROTC programs and receive an officer commission upon graduation. As a consequence, they will take more than the number of credits required for the major.

University rules allow students to substitute 6 credits of ROTC for credits in the major, provided they successfully complete the ROTC Program. In the case of nuclear engineering students, the last six ROTC credits may be substituted for three credits of GHA requirement and three credits of General Technical Elective (GTE).

ROTC students are normally faced with demanding schedules if they wish to graduate in four years. Also, the addition of the ROTC courses each semester creates unique scheduling problems. These students should see their adviser as soon as possible.

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