3rd Class Midshipman Courses?


5-Year Member
Feb 18, 2013
What are the basic courses taken for Mids who have completed plebe year. In other words, what is the 2nd year courses for Mids?

I'm an Engineering Major, trying to mimic my schedule as best as i can here at my community college to reapply for the class of 2020. I'm currently entering my second year, so i need to know this info, so i can pick my classes according to their schedule...I did some research and found that the classes are targeted toward each individual cadet's major, but if anyone has info, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks everyone
DC, I would think that the best source of information for your answer would be your admissions counselor or the Candidate Guidance Office at the Academy.
Good Luck
Calc III, Differential Equations, Physics are the tech classes all Mids take as 3/C. They will start to take their entry level engineering courses for their majors also. All Mids will also take Electrical Engineering, Thermo, and Systems Engineering. These will start in 3/C year and be broken out through the remaining years along with their major courses and other required courses (Western Civ, Leadership/Ethics classes, etc.)
For a Computer Engineering major, 3rd class year by the book (no validations), might look something like this:

*Ethics & Morals
*Physics 1
*Calculus 3
Intro Elec Eng
Digital Systems
*Basic Nav
*Physics 2
*Diff Equations
Intro Comp Science
Elec/Electro Mechanics

I marked what I believe to be core classes with an asterisk, so as you can see, four of ten classes are dependent on your major

hope this helps,
Chemistry is the standard for Plebe Year unless validated.
Why does USNA make mids wait until 3/C year to take physics 1 + 2? I'm taking both this year (as a college freshman), along w/ Chem + lab. And of course Calc.
Because Mids are already at 19 or so credits Plebe Year. Remember there are other classes as mentioned, cyber, English, navigation, leadership, government, naval history, PE (yes you take PE and actually get no credit hours for it). That is in addition to Chem and Calc. Credits sophomore year jump closer to the 20-22 range with Calc/Diffy Qs, cyber, Nav, more history, engineering, etc. Also throw in the Plebe Year knowledge you learn too and there is plenty on everyone Plebe's plate. Trust me, you will be thankful they don't double up those courses.
It also seems that Physics at USNA is Calc heavy. Calc III is a co-requisite course with Physics I unless approved by department head (so you have to either have taken or validated Calc I and Calc II).
Well my community college does things very weird. I have to take Calculus next year, which i should've done this year, but this school starts off with College Algebra for math. So i decided i'm going to take Pre Cal (it's required for me to get to Calculus, was initially going to Calculus in the summer) and Chemistry (it's a second year course) in the summer semester and then do a Maymester of Physics(also a second year course) with a lab. Should i start focusing on the engineering courses they offer here at my school?

I trying my best to mimic the plebe's and 3/c schedule with what they have here as a full time student. 2 English credits after this semester, 2 US History credits is the same, I took an Advanced Biology class( the closest they had for Chem for 1st year students) for one semester, but then had to take some college success class. for math, they don't offer Calculus as a first year class, so i had to settle for some Developmental Math last semester and College Algebra this semester. Tackle on the fact that i'm retaking the SATs. Good luck to everyone out there.
If you have taken the basics of Calc, physics, Chem, then my suggestion is EE, thermo, fluids type courses. Those are basics at USNA and would show you progressing along those lines. Also once Calc is done look at Diffy Qs as that is where a lot of engineers self select out of that path.
Mids are required to take naval history, us govt and two semesters of western civ.
Okay sounds like the closest I can take is federal government