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Air Force Studies

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Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Undem, Commander
308 McAlexander Fieldhouse
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4903


Professor Lt. Col. Lisa Undem
Assistant Professors Capt. Franklin Tharp, Lt. Josh Burnett


Aerospace Studies

The Aerospace Studies program prepares students for careers as Air Force officers while simultaneously completing any university undergraduate or graduate degree.

Aerospace Studies courses are open to all university students. The courses are taught by Air Force officers. If students desire a career as an Air Force officer, they must complete all Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) requirements.

The U.S. Air Force’s mission is to "Fly, Fight and Win in Air, Space and Cyberspace." Whether a student’s interest lies in flying advanced aircraft, operating sophisticated outer space systems, defending America’s cyberspace infrastructure, researching and developing state-of-the-art technology, or working as a language interpreter, defense intelligence officer, medical or legal professional, the Air Force Studies Department can guide students to exciting and challenging opportunities.


If students qualify, scholarship opportunities are available.

High school students must apply online by December 1, the year before they begin college in order to compete for a scholarship while still in high school. Students will find application procedures and forms at

Air Force ROTC scholarships cover up to 100% of tuition, laboratory fees, and incidental expenses. ROTC scholarship students will also receive $900 annually for textbooks and a monthly tax-free stipend of up to $500. Students must apply and be accepted into the AFROTC program and agree to accept an Air Force officer commission and service commitment upon graduation.

For details on Air Force scholarships, contact the AFROTC Detachment, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Room 303, 541-737-3291, 800-633-7352 or email: Website: or

Allowances, Uniforms, Textbooks

Students on an Air Force ROTC scholarship or enrolled in the ROTC Professional Officer Course are paid a monthly stipend of up to $500. Uniforms and textbooks for all Aerospace Studies courses are provided by the Air Force.

ROTC Programs

Multiple Air Force ROTC programs are available. Students who qualify may elect to pursue either of these programs.

Four- or Three-Year Program

The four- or three-year program consists of the General Military Course: six quarters of lower-division Air Force Studies classes, including a laboratory each term, and the Professional Officer Course: six quarters of upper-division Air Force Studies classes, including a laboratory each term. Four- or three-year cadets attend four weeks of expeditionary summer field training (AS 304) prior to their junior year of college.

Previous military experience—ROTC, academy, or military service—may allow the Professor of Air Force Studies to waive all or part of the General Military Course (first-year and sophomore years) for students enrolled in the four-year AFROTC program.

Students may enter the first-year class during the fall, winter, or spring term. Sophomore students may take the first-year and sophomore level courses concurrently. Prior to enrolling in the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, the student must meet AFROTC qualification standards and requirements.

Two-Year Program

(Currently not available.)

This program provides an opportunity for students who did not enter ROTC previously. Entry is on a competitive basis. Selectees attend mandatory five-week summer field training (AS 304) two summers before commissioning with a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree. Applicants must have one year remaining in college after the five-week field training. The curriculum includes AS 304 (five-week field training); six quarters of upper-division Air Force Studies classes, including a laboratory each term.


Students in the four-year program incur no obligation during their first two years in AFROTC unless on scholarship. The student agrees to accept a commission, if offered, only after enrolling in AS 311. High school scholarship students incur a commitment at the beginning of their sophomore year. Upon accepting their commissions, students incur a four-year commitment; pilots incur a 10-year obligation after completion of pilot training; combat systems officers and air battle managers incur a six-year obligation after initial training. Graduates pursuing medical school incur a four-year commitment after medical school.


Cadets must be U.S. citizens of sound physical condition, maintain academic standards and high moral character. Air Force physical fitness standards must be met prior to attending field training and commissioning. 

Cadets must be commissioned as Air Force officers prior to age 30.

Further Educational Opportunities

After completion of AFROTC requirements, advanced degrees may be sought by delaying active duty commitments. Some commissioned officers continue advanced studies through fully-funded Air Force Institute of Technology or other DoD-sponsored programs.

Field Training

Under the Air Force ROTC program, one summer field training session is required, normally after the AS 200 year. Successful completion of field training is required for all cadets prior to membership in the Professional Officer Course. Students are paid varying amounts during field training.

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