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2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Support

Academic Advising

In addition to the academic assistance provided by the faculty, MTSU has academic college advisors in each undergraduate college. Academic college advisors assist students in their academic growth and adjustment to university life. Advisors assist students during CUSTOMS orientation and registration activities, help students choose appropriate courses, and make referrals to other university services.

The Undeclared Advising Center (UAC) provides academic advising services for MTSU students with undeclared or General College Studies majors. In addition to course selection and registration, UAC advisors provide guidance and information to help students select appropriate majors early in their academic careers. The UAC is located in the KUC; phone number is (615) 898-5209.


Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC)

MTSU students can earn commissions as second lieutenants in the United States Army, Army Reserve (USAR), or Army National Guard (ARNG) while pursuing either undergraduate or graduate studies.

Army ROTC provides multiple paths for students to obtain their commissions. Entry-level military science training during the freshman and sophomore years consist of leadership development training. There is no military service obligation during this phase. Students with prior military service may receive academic credit for the first two years. Students who have not taken any military science classes by the end of their sophomore year may receive placement credit by attending the Leader Training Course, conducted each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Cadets receive pay for the training.

At the beginning of the junior year, students begin Advanced ROTC training built around leadership assessment and practical application of their management and leadership schools. Airborne, Air Assault, and other military schools are available to students. Cadets attend a leader training course during the summer between their junior and senior years. All advanced training students receive a monthly subsistence allowance. Full-time employment upon graduation is available for those students who are selected for an initial three- or four-year active duty assignment.

In addition, Cadets will have the opportunity to expand their global horizons by participating in the Cadet Command sponsored Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP), a summer program that allows Cadets to travel overseas, experience a diverse culture, and participate in a university-sponsored research project that will allow them to accumulate college credit.

Scholarships: In addition to nationally awarded three- and four- year scholarships, Army ROTC offers three- and two-year on-campus scholarships each year to qualified enrolled and non-enrolled military science students. These scholarships pay for tuition and fees or room and board and provide a book stipend each semester, in addition to the monthly subsistence allowance. Scholarship recipients may be selected for initial active duty assignments or reserve assignments.

Further information concerning AROTC may be obtained by consulting the Military Science Department course offerings in this catalog, listed under the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, or by writing

Military Science Department
Middle Tennessee State University, P.O. Box 52
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
or by calling (615) 898-2470 or toll-free 1-888-MT-AROTC
or by e-mailing

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Since 2006, MTSU students and faculty have benefited from the University’s membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 96 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates, as well as faculty, enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s private industry and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, and faculty research and support programs, as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information concerning MTSU’s membership in ORAU, contact the dean, College of Graduate Studies, MTSU.

Undergraduate Research Center

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) fosters a culture of inquiry, scholarship, and innovation for all students. It also advocates the integration of research-based learning in undergraduate education, from introductory experiences to senior capstone experiences.

Administratively housed within the Office of Research, the URC is a clearinghouse for information about programs on- and off-campus aimed at involving undergraduate students in research and creative activities. The center is committed to encouraging, funding, and publicizing student activity in research and creative activity. It also provides opportunities for presenting research/creative results at the Summer Research celebration and helps organize University-Wide Scholar Day.

URECA (pronounced eureka): The Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) initiative provides financial support to qualified undergraduate students to participate in research and creative projects. Students can apply for funding using the guidelines provided on the URECA website A committee that includes representative faculty from participating colleges reviews proposals and selects recipients.

URECA’s primary intent is to immerse students in a culture of research, scholarship, and/or creative activity as a part of the educational process and in preparation for the workplace. URECA-supported students prepare a statement of the proposed activity, carry out research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and present final results of the project. Research or creative projects will typically relate to the work of one or more faculty members but may be of the student’s own design. The interactions of faculty mentor and student should meet the best practices for mentorship in each department/discipline.